If I charted my students along an X axis of “Ability to network” and Y axis of “Number of students,” I would probably get a nice bell curve. For the most part, my students are still learning to network. Some are outright terrified of it and know that they aren’t very good at it. Others may suck as well, but are confident in their extroversion! Some, at the other end of the spectrum, are legitimately good. MOST, though, are good enough to get by, but maybe not good enough to be extremely proficient.
This was made apparent by the feedback from my GTAs and a couple of recruiters after the most recent Accounting “Meet the Firms.” Like other events, because I push students to attend events, more than just the awesome end of the bell curve is getting out there and mixing it up. As a result, not everyone shined. That’s ok, that’s why we do this. You’re here to learn and the best way to do that is try something a few times before it gets real. For those of you who felt like you struggled, here’s a few networking pointers. Lonny’s “Three C’s” of networking: