“Networking” is probably the most popular word used by undergraduate professors, students, career coaches and professionals. What exactly does it mean? From my experience, networking is a form of feeding your innate curiosity to learn more about yourself, others and the opportunities around you.
This past year, I have found networking to be the best source of career research, as it has connected me with incredibly successful and insightful individuals. These efforts, coupled with the help of mentors, family, and friends, have led me to attain an internship in private wealth management for this coming summer.
Building my networking will not stop there. As many of my mentors note, it is important to build bridges with your connections, not burn them. Maintaining your network with a sense of gratitude will allow your knowledge, resources and career opportunities to grow exponentially.
As important as networking is, it can be challenging to find where to start. These are a few resources I have found to be the most helpful during my time at Kelley.
Become a familiar face to the Undergraduate Career Services Office.
The UCSO helped put me in touch with like-minded students and Indiana University alumni in my career path of interest. The career coaches work year-round and were always happy to talk over the phone when I had questions this summer.
Join a Kelley workshop.
Joining the investment management workshop gave me access to successful alumni in the industry while teaching me about careers in research, sales and trading, and private wealth management. Kelley offers workshops on consulting, investment banking, retail, global sales and more.
Join LinkedIn group pages.
This is an easy way to increase and organize your network. I am involved with both my high school’s business society and the Kelley network and am a part of their respective LinkedIn groups.
I am excited to take these networking skills abroad with me next semester in Singapore, and to expand my professional network on a global scale.
Danielle Mantich is a junior at the Kelley School of Business majoring in finance and international business.