Research from the National Academy of Engineering has found that professional, peer-to-peer organizations are the most effective ways to support online learning.
How Does Identifying Academic And Professional Networks Support Online Learning
In today’s connected world, finding community is increasingly difficult. You can easily find trusted sources of content or contacts, but building a personal network can be tricky. How do you stay organized and stay on top of the connections you’ve made throughout your career?
Identifying social networks that match the groups you’re hoping to reach is important. Here’s how to get started.
Find Network of Interests
You’ll often see groups on these social platforms where you can see what your target demographic wants to hear about and get to know people. As a result, you can browse through topics to find your ideal members, forums or groups that may match your niche interests. This process will also give you an overview of the social media platforms that could be useful in finding new friends and classmates.
Before diving in, you might want to look for guidelines from your college, alumni association or the social media pages of your major. These pages are generally used for comparison of current universities, reviewing employer reviews and highlighting online communities that are similar to the group you want to find.
Your college is usually best place to start. If you’re joining a new school, you can start networking from your major, alumni associations and university programs.
Your freshman year, go to your school’s freshman orientation. These events are like networking conferences for the freshman class. Your professors, school alumni and department faculty often send you recommendations to get you started with people and business connections. Getting involved from there is the most important part of forming a network. Keep tabs on events and events you’re interested in. Even if you’re on different campuses, you can still find peers and classmates for future classes. One thing to know is that the recruitment process is more feasible for employers that attend the same events as you.
Social media is one of the main channels for connecting with people. Look at official universities Facebook pages and go there if you don’t already have a profile page. It’s your website! Every university will have official pages on major social media platforms and you’ll want to be one of them. Follow them to stay up to date on major courses and careers as they’re announced.
Look at school alumni pages and follow them as well. It’s a good way to keep in touch with old contacts. When you search for specific job positions, you’ll often find employers that work in other cities and fields. Using the alumni networks will help to keep up with other people, industries, companies and bosses for a broader career perspective. This allows you to reach outside of your current network, find new ideas, widen your network of contacts and discover new opportunities.
Touring course catalogs and career websites gives you an overview of various majors. If you’re interested in a social media marketing major, then bookmark your campus’s career website. Look at their LinkedIn profiles and schools’ Facebook pages to see if you’ve found someone you might be compatible with. You can also look at the alumni network within your individual department and identify how much more you might see if you get in touch with them.
Meet in person
Even if you are new to a particular campus, it’s important to meet with alumni, professors and school administration.
When you reach out to companies or companies and ask if you can meet for a job interview, do this. Reach out to people on your respective campus and network as much as you can. When visiting a campus, grab your friends and go explore. Meet new people and form a network.
When you’re ready to take things to the next level, join campus organizations. You might find a great group of like-minded people that you can join with your classes or current department.
Join Your College
If you’re a freshman who will be graduating in a few years, visit your college’s alumni association. They’ll be happy to introduce you to any people you know who graduated before you and give you suggestions for local clubs.
Gather Financial Network
If you have a long-term goal, you may want to invest in the resources that will help you reach it. Plan for growth and invest in your finances. While you’re at it, stop and look at your credit report to make sure there’s no financial issues you haven’t discovered. You don’t have to stop here, as you’ll also want to look at your membership fees, donations and dues.