One of the best ways to learn about a career field is to find out what it's like from others who have been there. "Making a connection" (otherwise known as networking) is an essential step in the transition from student to professional.
19.2% of the seniors surveyed in the class of 2010 reported that they obtained their employment through personal connections or networking. This method was more effective than direct contact with employers, having previously worked for the employer, or on-campus recruiting.
Networking and Informational Interviewing
Networking takes on many forms such as talking with classmates, or attending office hours, information sessions and career fairs. Informational interviewing is a particular form of networking that involves consulting with professionals to learn more about their career fields.
Connecting at Career Center Events
Career Center events are a good way to learn about industries, organizations, or job titles that appeal to you. The professionals who participate in these events want to give you information and have an interest in you as a Cal student.