I believe we all have the best intentions when it comes to networking. We want to stay in touch with bosses and former coworkers, clients, fellow alums, etc. but it doesn't make our "to do" list. Then one day we find ourselves in need of support and networking becomes a priority again.
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Unfortunately the best intentions aren't enough to create a great network. But consider how you can put networking at the top of your list. Make it a priority to network with former bosses and colleagues with tips and advice in this recent Washington Post article: Don't Slam the Door on Your Way Out by Dan Rafter.
What keeps you from networking? Is it time? Is it energy? Is it having your elevator pitch? Or perhaps you are a master networker with ideas and strategies to share. All concerns, questions and comments are welcome. Share them here and we'll help each other turn good networking into great networking!
What do you wish you'd known when graduating? Share your advice in a comment below. I wish I had taken the time to understand more about the different ways people make a living. My concept of career was focused on business when I was in college and I didn't know much else. Luckily, I always knew I could change careers. My Mom was a mid-career changer, going back to medical school with three kids! Read how she did it here: Career Inspiration from Mom.
In the words of Orrin Hatch, "There is good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises." Graduation is not the end; it is the beginning." Congratulations to the class of 2010!