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How to meet industry professionals while studying

How to meet industry professionals while studying

How to meet industry professionals while studying

The importance of networking

Meeting industry professionals while studying can seem like a daunting task. Networking is not just about exchanging business cards or connecting on social media. It’s about building meaningful relationships, fostering personal and professional growth, and accessing a wealth of opportunities and support. A well-nurtured network can be a powerful asset throughout your life and career. Discover the secrets to introducing yourself to industry professionals and building your network while studying.

Utilise RTO/ University resources:

No matter where you’re studying, your training provider will have a wealth of resources for you to access. With faculties and departments equipped with industry professionals, leaders and pioneers, they serve as a wonderful opportunity to expand your network. Many training providers also have relevant student clubs and societies, allowing students to connect with like-minded individuals. At MSA Training, we encourage our students to reach out to other MSA Departments and Monash faculties.

Online networking

Building your network and community in the online space could not be more relevant in the modern age. Connecting with industry professionals online involves building a strong LinkedIn profile, and highlighting your skills and goals. Actively engage by joining industry-specific groups, participating in discussions, and sharing relevant content. Reaching out with personalised messages to request connections and attend virtual networking events allows you to expand your online network further.

Attend events:

Participating in both physical and virtual events nurtures strong professional bonds with individuals in your current or desired industry. These events could be workshops, seminars, keynote presentations, panel discussions, or expos. If there is Q&A time during any event, speak up and don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may wish to have answers for. Being able to directly speak to professionals in the industry can guide you in your academic and career journey as a current student.

Internships and traineeships:

Internships, traineeships and apprenticeships are a great way to get your foot in the door to an industry. Opportunities like these allow you to experience real-world challenges, situations and obstacles in your preferred industry. Co-op programs allow students to interact, connect with those who are genuinely employed and working in their desired field. At MSA Training, we pride ourselves on proving access to traineeships and private group training for eligible employees and students.