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How to effectively expand and manage your professional network

Networking is something we already do unconsciously. Everyone is part of a network of people. That network may include relatives, friends, fellow students, lecturers, your sports club or theatrical group, (former) board members, people you know through volunteering, colleagues past and present, fellow alumni, etc.

These people may be able to give you information about jobs or finding ones. Or they might know people who would be interesting to talk to. The people that know the people you know are often the most relevant. Speak to people who share an interest with you. You never ask for a job, but instead, always ask for advice.

Join the information session

The free online session Networking: the basics interactively helps you discover the benefits and your style.

Individual consultation

Would like to discuss your network opportunities with a career adviser? You can make an appointment with the UvA Student Careers Centre.

More information and videos on networking through LinkedIn 

You can find more information about online networking through LinkedIn on this page.