Networking as an Introvert

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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As a first-year student, do you find connecting with individuals or networking difficult? Do you find yourself at networking events not knowing what to do? Who to talk to? What to say?

This past February, the Career Center partnered with the Duke Alumni Association to host the “Class of ‘22 Alumni Career-versations” networking event, which was a great opportunity for first-year students to connect with alums from various industries. Although several students were nervous, by the end of the event they realized they were just having conversations with the alums and sharing stories. Simple right?

Well, what if you’re not as outgoing as your friends or classmates and the very thought of having to introduce yourself and carry a conversation drains you, then you may want to take a look at this great article, “An Introvert’s Guide to Networking”. The author, Anna, walks you through preparing to network, how to act in an ideal situation, and using the “Networking Challenge” as a way to increase your connections.

As always, if you have questions about connecting with individuals the Career Center is here to help answer your questions and provide guidance along the way. Feel free to use our Drop-in Advising or schedule an individual appointment through CareerConnections!

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