Build your network with Career Coach

The Career Coach app has goals you can work on with activities that grow lifelong skills. This lesson organizes the activities from the app into a series you can follow step-by-step.

In this lesson, your goal is to build your network. Complete all the activity steps to reach your goal. To focus on a specific skill, you can work on one or more of the activities.

If you're new to Career Coach, visit the quick start guide

Notes: For this lesson, you'll need:

  • A mobile device or computer

  • Microsoft Teams

  • Career Coach

  • LinkedIn

  • A journal you can customize to track what you discover and learn from the activities below (optional)

With the activities for this goal, you will: 

Learn how to build a diverse professional network. Learn communication skills. Find alumni to connect with on LinkedIn. Learn the value of different networking strategies. 

Get started building your network

  1. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on how to use digital platforms to network

  2. Reflect Which strategies from the course could you easily use to build your network? For example, if you belong to a student or professional group you can make connections with members. What strategies are new to you? What do you need do to get started with one or more of them? 

    Tip: If you're using a journal, list your ideas to build your network. Use the journal to track other ideas for the steps that follow. 

  3. Open Career Coach. If you haven't already, complete your profile. Then, select Profile. Choose Connect my LinkedIn account. Select People. Review alumni and find three profiles that interest you.  

  4. Go to LinkedIn. In the alumni profiles you selected, look for the professional groups they belong to. Join any of the groups that match your skills and interests. 

  5. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on developing communication skills

    Note: This course has exercise files you can work on to grow your skills. 

  6. Reflect What are some common and challenging communication situations you’ve experienced? What do you find easy and difficult about communicating in each? How can you start practicing the four building blocks to improve your communication skills?

  7. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on building networking skills.

    Note: This course has exercises you can work on to grow your skills. 

  8. Reflect How can you use research to communicate in a meaningful way when you're making connections? How can you use the four building blocks to develop your professional relationships?

  9. Share Partner with a peer in person or on Teams. Choose one of the three alumni profiles you identified earlier. Discuss what you should include in a brief message with your invitation to connect on LinkedIn. 

  10. Go to LinkedIn. Send an invite to connect to the alumni you chose and include a brief message. 

  11. Get advice Have career services or your faculty advisor review your connections on LinkedIn. Ask about professional groups you can join and campus networking opportunities that align with your field of study and interests. Invite your advisor to connect on LinkedIn.

Well done! What's the next step in your career journey?

Goals and activities from Career Coach:

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