People make new professional contacts (sometimes known as ‘networking’) for many different reasons: for information, advice, uncovering new contacts and business deals, or even just to meet people and find out what’s going on in their industry. Making contacts can also be a good way to find out about jobs and careers.
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Many companies have a presence on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. These can be great tools for making contacts with recruiters and professionals, and conveying a professional image.
Be careful how you present yourself on social networking sites, as well as with comments you post on forums etc. Many employers "check out" job applicants and could find information about you that you would rather they didn't know. Check your privacy settings carefully!
There are plenty of opportunites to meet and network with professionals or other students interested in your chosen field.
Some universities have particularly active networking groups for alumni. It may be alumni of a particular course or from a particular country of origin. Register with the Alumni Office to find out about events.
Most professions with have one or more professional body or membership organisation. You may be able to get student membership at a reduced price. Many professional bodies offer events and training and have social and networking events, often on a regional basis and for students or new professionals.