Robert Gelb, International Opportunities Manager at the university
Careers Centre, explains the idea behind the ongoing
series of summer Networking Nights.
Networking Nights: Boston, New York, DC, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, London, Hong Kong
Networking can be a very intimidating experience where you’re expected to tell your life story in order to impress and get that altogether crucial ‘contact’ that will make you into a success. In reality, there is no magic involved – networking is just a very important, if not the most important, aspect of a person’s career prospects and future career growth.
70% of all graduate-level jobs available in the United States alone aren’t even advertised. It’s important to not only be a great candidate for a particular position, but increasingly it is also very important to make yourself stand out, and get to know someone already involved with the industry or company that interests you.
St Andrews is one of the most international universities in the world. 45% of our student body is from outside of the UK. As a university, we are fortunate to have exceptional access to graduates, parents, and employers who want to help our graduates and alumni succeed.
We recognise how important networking is and that it is crucial to our students’ and graduates’ success. This summer, growing from the three successful pilot Networking Nights of last year, the University is hosting 10 Networking Nights to help connect students and graduates with other alumni, parents, and employers that are all willing to help provide advice. Some might even be hiring. Events will be held in Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, London, and Hong Kong.
These events are designed to be relaxed and fun, while also helping to expand networks and foster and develop new relationships for all involved. If you’re a graduate who is looking for opportunities, this is a great chance to take advantage of the network that you have access to as a member of the St Andrews alumni community. Alternatively, you may be an alumnus/na who is a career professional, or willing to offer advice, and by participating in our Networking Nights you are directly helping our students and graduates succeed.
We’re looking forward to these networking nights and we hope you will be too – no matter what your situation is, we would love to see you at one of them!
(The full list of registration information, dates,
times, and locations can be found here)