Top 3 Benefits of Networking Online
It’s never been easier to virtually network and being an online student puts you in the perfect position to reap its benefits. Networking is an excellent way to get ahead in your career or field and create professional connections that could last a lifetime. Read on for the three most important reasons why you should get out of your comfort zone and start building those relationships.
It makes you smarter
Your peers create a safe space for you to explore your ideas and interests. The Peer Learning in Higher Education: Learning from & with Each Other publication found that students who study together are more likely to succeed academically and are better communicators. Additionally, your peers will have different viewpoints and expertise, from their own experiences which could help prepare you for the future.
It can get you a job
The relationships you build from networking during your online studies could mould into future job opportunities or partnerships. An article published by Lou Adler (CEO of Performance-based Hiring Learning Systems) on LinkedIn found that 85% of jobs were filled through networking – highlighting that people vouching for you in the industry is vital to career progression.
Build your own brains trust
When thinking about networking online, don’t forget to talk to your course convenor. Your course convenor has built many experienced networks and will be a wealth of knowledge in their field. They may be a great referral for you or would know people who could help in the future.
As an online student with the University of Adelaide, you have access to a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips by participating in online discussion boards, live tutorial sessions and participating in group work. You will also be able to have more casual conversations and get to know your peers by joining informal groups on various social media and messaging channels.