The Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC) is pleased to host a number of industry representatives who currently work in your field of study and are typically University of Saskatchewan Alumni.
Dust off your networking clothes, and come out to actively engage with industry representatives in your field! Join us in this interactive session to practice specific networking activities. It is a way for students to build discipline-specific connections in an educational and supported environment. There will be an opportunity to network more extensively after the formal networking activities are complete.
Networking activities will include:
- Introducing yourself
- You will practice 4 networking activities: incorporating and building upon tips and tricks you have learnt as you go through each of the exercises
- Why networking is important (setting goals) and the various types of networking events
- Why the RSVP is important
- Arriving (engaging) and leaving (disengaging) at an event
- The handshake
- How to appear confident
- Creating your personal brand
- Professional etiquette
- Topics of discussion – making conversation
- What about food? dinner etiquette
- Advantages to using LinkedIn and a note about social media
You will understand the importance of defining goals/intentions before engaging in networking activities.
- Develop an authentic introduction and practice strategies to make a good first impression
- Receive guidance on professional etiquette including handshaking
- Identify strategies to network effectively in a casual or formal dining setting
- This is your opportunity for you to practice introducing yourself to people that you would now like to get to know more. Perhaps you didn’t have a chance to ask them specifically about a certain topic.
You never know when an opportunity is going to present itself, so take advantage of the situation to talk and network directly with people in your discipline or field of study!
- Prepare to introduce yourself by practicing your Elevator, or FAST, Pitch ahead of time.
F - Full Name: Begin with your full name and a firm handshake.
A - Academics: Tell them your major and year in program (extracurriculars are optional).
S - Skills/Strengths: Talk about your skills and/or strengths that will benefit the employer, ideally by discussing relevant experience.
T - Target: Tell them your objective and your question. (What is your interest or goal in speaking with this person? It is helpful to state what you know about their opportunities based on your research.)
- Keep the pitch short, 30 seconds or less.
- Remember to smile and maintain good eye contact. Demonstrating a positive attitude and being engaged are very important!
- Do your research on the organization beforehand.
- Stay long enough to have your questions answered and your interest recognized, but never monopolize a panelist’s time. Ensure that you have left a positive impression.
- Be prepared with a resume.
- Be sure to thank the industry representatives for their time before you leave.
- Consider taking the StrengthsFinder Assessment to help you better understand and articulate your strengths and talents.
- To learn more about networking, read our networking article.
Join Networking Groups
- Business Network International Saskatchewan
- GenNext Saskatoon
- North Saskatoon Business Association (NSBA)
- Promotion Club of Saskatoon
- Saskatoon, Canada Networking Events - Eventbrite
- Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce – Events
- Saskatoon Business Networking & Professional Conventions – Eventful
- Square One Event & Workshop Listings
- Square One Ignite your Ideas
- Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (SYPE) Saskatoon
- Saskatchewan Professional Marketing Association – FUZE Conference
- Saskatoon, SK-Meetup
- Saskatoon Women’s Network
- Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc.
CareerMeetUps - Science, Technology and Research
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Education Student Lounge