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Where to look

  1. Your existing Network
    Ask your friends if they can put you in touch with their employers - or their parents if they work in a relevant industry. Talk to your Lecturers and see how they can help. Don’t forget any friends and family overseas - your big break could be in an international career.
  2. Networking events 
    These events are often industry or employer specific, and a great opportunity. Ensure you have some business cards printed with your name, email, contact number, details of your course and that you study at University of Lincoln. This will make you look organised and prepared. Do your research on attending companies beforehand, and follow up on contacts you make with an email or phone call.
  3. Professional Associations
    Your industry of interest may have a professional body associated with it. These associations will run courses, tell of opportunities with the industry as well as inform you of networking or recruitment events.
  4. Volunteering
    As well as giving you work experience, volunteering puts you in contact with people from all walks of life. Volunteering for a role relevant to your career goals could put you in touch with a great network.
  5. Find Your Feet Careers Fair
    Any Careers Fair is going to be helpful to network and learn more about companies in your sector of interest. The Careers & Employability Centre run the Find Your Feet Fair every year, meaning you can build your network on campus with a range of employers.

University of Lincoln’s Careers & Employability Service can help you find even more opportunities. Come see us on the Ground Floor of the University Library.

When not to network

Pick your moments

If you’re trying to get into a graduate scheme, a public sector job or any other work with a large organisation, you’ll likely have to go through a defined recruitment process. While some organisations may list contact details that will allow you to learn more about a role’s specifics, it can be considered unprofessional to attempt to circumvent established systems to apply for these roles.

Don’t be afraid to make conversation with insiders at these organisations. you can gain a better understanding of the organisation, and improve your application. However, don’t rely on them to help you with the success of your application.

Networking is a powerful tool for jobseekers, but not something to stress about if you are having trouble. Sometimes a good CV or well prepared application form is all that is necessary to get you a first job or an internship.

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