Although you may not realize it, you’re likely already building your career network as a student here at KU. Your relationships with people like your family, friends, coworkers, classmates, former supervisors, faculty, etc. can play a valuable role in exploring careers, job searching, and moving up in your career. 


  • Clean up your online image by making sure all content is positive and professional. 
  • Develop and promote your brand to make yourself standout. 
  • Be prepared to talk about yourself with others by knowing what you want to say and how you want to say it. 
  • Have your resume ready and be prepared to hand it out. 

Find Contacts 

  • Think about who you know and how these people might be able to help you reach your career goals. 
  • Utilize online tools such as LinkedIn to become an active member in online networking groups. 
  • Network using the KUAA mentoring platform:  This free networking platform provides KU students access to KU Alumni who can provide career guidance and advice.   

Build Connections 

  • Communicate like a professional by being polite and polished when connecting with others. 
  • Value others’ expertise when you are meeting new people or building connections you already have. 
  • Maintain your relationships by staying in contact, keeping others updated, and always thanking people for their help. 
  • Return the favor by being prepared to help others with their own careers.