5 Real-World Networking Tips

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“Networking” may sound like a business buzzword, but at its core, networking is really just getting to know people. The more people you know, and the broader variety of people you know, the more likely you are to find opportunities — especially as a student getting ready to start your career. As you’re thinking about making the transition from student to DC, consider these networking tips and possibilities.

Use your student status to your advantage. Most people, especially professionals in your field, are more than willing to help students out. After all, they were once in your shoes — maybe not even that long ago. Use your student status while you can and reach out to health care professionals in your area. Don’t limit yourself to DCs; look into any field you’re interested in, from radiology to dentists. You can ask to visit their practice, job shadow, even just grab coffee and chat.

Look for student groups to join. Joining a professional or career group is a great way to connect with other students who are interested in the same things you are. But it’s also a good opportunity to network with the speakers and experts that group may bring in. If you found a guest presenter to be particularly engaging or meaningful to your interests, try to snag a few minutes after the event to say hello and introduce yourself.

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