How to Start Networking at McGill

Business Communication Duplicate modelWe always hear about networking as students and how important it is, but I know that nobody has ever told me exactly how to do so. This post intends to explain what exactly networking is and why it is valuable to your degree, show you the different networking opportunities available on campus, and how to prepare for them. 

Let me preface this by saying that I am pretty hard on myself – I have lots of extremely ambitious goals that require me to be focused and keep my future in mind at all times. At the beginning of this year I decided that I want to have a purpose or benefit in every extracurricular activity that I participate with the goal of creating new contacts, possibly gaining future grad school and/or internship recommendations, and overall advancing my career possibilities. One of the possible uses of my time (other than working hard in academics) has proven to be through networking.

What is networking?

Networking is defined as “a group of people who exchange information, contacts, and experience for professional or social purposes”. As a student, this can benefit you by creating a circles of contacts from which you can pull from for possible internships, jobs, professional contacts, etc. It can be daunting to approach people who are older and wiser but everything important takes some level of risk.

How can I network here at McGill or in Montreal?

The best opportunities and resources I have found come from the bevy of support services we have at our disposal as students. Here are some of my favorites:

  • McGill CaPS myFuture Database – check out the “Jobs” and “Events” sections
  • McGill Talks & Seminars Facebook Group – many talks also include a reception which is a great opportunity for networking
  • SSMU, Faculty, and Department Listservs – So many great events specific to your major and interests are posted in these emails
  • McGill CaPS Website – check out this page to learn how to network, be professional, and present your best self

In addition, consider attending the Talk Back Series: Networking Cocktail hosted by the Arts Internship Office. This event will take place in Arts Building Room 160 on November 4th from 5pm to 8pm. I will be there as one of the Ambassadors for the Arts Internship Office Seeds of Change Campaign and hope to see you there!

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