As interviewing and hiring efforts become more reliant on advancing technology, the importance of networking continues to grow. Many people are intimidated by networking because they associate it with having to be pushy or stepping outside their comfort zone.
If you are one of those people who get nervous about the prospect of networking, the first thing you must do is change your mindset. It’s important to remember that networking can be a natural process and doesn’t only happen at formalized school or business events.
Industry events, conferences and professional associations are great places to publicize your career desires and personal strengths while looking for professional opportunities. You can also utilize the various technology platforms that promote and foster professional networking.
Our CTU career coaches can help you design a networking action plan and share with you suggestions on how to improve your networking efforts.
Networking to find a mentor who can guide and support you along your personal career path is a critical piece of an effective career action plan. Professionals who are new to a field may have difficulty navigating their career development simply due to lack of experience. However, a mentor who is already successful in that field can partner with you to help make the choices that will improve your career.
The best mentors share your work values and are open to helping you learn from their own experience. They are honest, knowledgeable, and effective communicators who are willing to devote the appropriate amount of time and effort to provide true professional guidance. A good mentor helps you set personal career goals and assists you in scripting the critical moves to achieve them.
A valued mentor relationship is mutually beneficial for both participants.
Our CTU career coaches can guide you in recruiting a mentor to fit your individual career needs.
Join one of our many clubs specific to your career program.The Career Services Events and Networking Club is a virtual community dedicated to providing quality career-related events and opportunities for networking with other CTU students and alumni. Events include our popular Steps to Success webinars which can offer the basics of conducting a results-oriented job search. Resources include resume samples, networking tools, and career discussion topics.
We recognize the importance social media plays within our society and CTU Career Services uses these platforms to notify our students and alumni of new and exciting events, employment opportunities, and notifications. By incorporating chat, email, mobile devices and popular social networking sites into the many ways you can access our university, we make it possible to enhance your educational experience while enrolled at Colorado Technical University, as well as make it easy to stay connected with us after you graduate.