Networking During Your MBA A Global Perspective
One of the most common reasons for undertaking an MBA is the valuable networking opportunities presented to students. No matter where you are in the world, you are able to network with those in your local community, as well as in an online environment. Networking is imperative to making new contacts, as well as for future job opportunities. It occurs not only during your degree, but also afterwards. Continue reading to learn of the most commonly experienced forms of networking during your MBA.
If studying on campus, it is important to utilise your class time as a chance to network with peers. Networking during your MBA classes allows you to build a personalised relationship with fellow business professionals. When working in class together, you will learn of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. This can give those looking to use their MBA to gain new employment an opportunity to showcase their talents. You are also able to further your networking during your MBA if you form in-person study groups – working together as a team to understand course materials allows for further relationship building.
If you are a distance learning student, this does not mean that you will not be able to experience networking during your MBA. In fact, online networking provides a unique opportunity for students as it has no geographical boundaries. Student forums, networking groups, and online study groups provide the opportunity to build contacts on a global scale. When online networking, you will be introduced to people all over the world in a range of different business roles – it is a fantastic opportunity to build on your knowledge and engage with those in all different stages of their career.
Designed to provide a tailored networking opportunity for both current students and graduates, alumni events assist in building local contacts. At AIB, events are held both locally in Australia as well as overseas at our Teaching Centres. An example is the recent alumni event held in Adelaide at the newly refurbished Adelaide Oval. There, alumni were treated to a masterclass followed by an evening of in-person networking. When interacting in a social environment, it is sometimes easier to build contacts. It is recommended that these types of opportunities are seized as they allow you to network with people on a more personalised level.
Social media is increasingly growing in popularity as technology develops and becomes more accessible. Networks such as LinkedIn allow like-minded business professionals to connect and engage in relevant conversations. For example, students and alumni of AIB are invited to join the conversation on the AIB LinkedIn Page where they will find a range of business related blog posts and news. Networking during your MBA via social media allows you to build on your personal reputation as a business professional, as well as engage in relevant debate. It also allows for new learning and the opportunity to grow your list of contacts.
What do you think?
Is networking during your MBA degree something that you would like to focus on? To the current or past students, how have you found the networking opportunities thus far? I would love to hear of any opinions or experiences so please feel free to comment below.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.