As graduation nears, students may find themselves networking
with peers and professors alike as a possible step toward success
later in life.
“I try to keep good relationships with people because you never
know what may come of it,” said senior economics major Yoseph
Assefa. “You know the saying, ‘it’s not what you know, but who you
Networking is as way an individual can go about seeking
relationships with others with similar interests and goals,
communicating ideas and keeping in touch for the future.
“I don’t network as much as I probably should, but I make sure
to stay friends with people more talented than I so that as long as
I do my best to succeed, I’ll have peers who can do me favors and
vice versa,” said senior English major Nicolas Roberts.
Making friends to create connections is not the only way to rise
toward success, but networking for the future is different for
everyone. Students may want to seek council from faculty as well as
the Career Center.
“Get to know the professors in your field, they can be very
helpful with recommendations as well,” said speech communications
professor James Hayes. “The best way to network is to get one or
more internships. Get to know people who can refer you to others in
the same field. Be straightforward, and stay focused on seeking
Taking initiative to make connections with one’s peers may not
be some peoples strengths, thus CSU will be hosting a Career Fair
at the Career Center today where students can meet the employers
“Talking to potential employers is a great way to network and
see what opportunities they have. Communicating with people is
important, whether it is employers, faculty, friends, friends of
family, family of friends … all are golden opportunities to ask
questions in a non-threatening way,” said Brett Beale, associate
director for employer relations at the Career Center. “First
initiate the communication, be willing to give back, use gentle
persistence, limit your time asking questions and be sure to ask
key questions. It’s important to start now, don’t wait.”
Access the Career Center off the CSU home page and find
additional information regarding upcoming events, a Career Fair
guide and a listing of on-campus interviews.