Using networks to help you in your job search

You already have a network (friends, academics, sports clubs , hobbies, societies, places you have worked or volunteered). All you need to do is:

  • Expand your network to include people who work in jobs or sectors that are of interest to you.
  • Understand how to use that group of contacts to find opportunities.
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with contacts in different settings online and in person.

Networking is about gathering information, discussing your ideas, finding out if a certain career really is for you and raising your profile amongst the very people who could be helpful to you in the future. It can also be an effective way to find a job!

Opportunities to network while you are at University and beyond.

There are plenty of opportunities to meet and network with professionals or other students interested in your chosen field.

  • Careers fairs and events We run a variety of employer events for you to attend where you can ask questions and find out more from the people who currently work in the profession.
  • Meet the professionals events Talk to alumni about how they found their jobs and career paths, what do they love about their jonb and what advice to they have for those just starting out.
  • Student societies There are lots of department related societies listed on the Students Union website many of them will run social and networking events for you to get involved with.
  • Professional networks Most professions 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. Use our sector pages to find out about national professional bodies and local groups related to your area of interest.
  • International and Alumni networks
  • Using LinkedIn
  • Social media