Making Connections

Making connections with others is one of the best ways to learn about the world of work and gain access to professional opportunities. Making meaningful connections with people is often called building a network.

Why Build a Network?

Building a network gives you access to jobs before they are posted, or to jobs that are not publicly posted.
Employers like to hire people they have already built relationships with, and are more likely to hire people who have been recommended by trusted colleagues and friends.

How to Build a Network

Networking is all about getting to know people and letting them get to know you. This can be done online and in person. It is valuable to build relationships with people in your desired field, as well as outside your desired field - you never know who can help you on your career path!

Here are some ideas for how to start building your network:

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to gain meaningful experience & explore future career opportunities. 

To start volunteering, head to the uVolunteer website

  1. Create your profile
  2. Add your student ID# to your profile
  3. Log your volunteer hours
  4. Request confirmation of your hours by the volunteer organization

uVolunteer positions that have been validated by the organization on the uVolunteer platform will be added to the MET regularly throughout the term.

Tips for Success

  • Take the initiative to introduce yourself to others
  • Keep an open posture - stand up straight, face your body towards the people you're talking to, and keep arms at sides rather than crossed
  • Practice a firm handshake
  • Look people in the eye
  • Speak clearly
  • Smile!

If you need some assistance, book an appointment with us to help get your network started.