When it comes to careers, networking is critical. The people you meet on the job, in your field, and when hanging out with your friends, can open up a multitude of career pathways.

Networking is not about getting a job or internship simply because your uncle works for the company. Networking is about talking with others about your skills and qualifications in a career field, letting them know what your goals are, and asking for advice. Anyone can be in your career network -- family, friends, classmates, coworkers, professors, supervisors, religious group members, -- the list is endless. Put the information out there. You never know when an opportunity will present itself.

Read the Career Development Center’s Networking Handout for more information on the art of networking.