By Jacquelyn Heidegger Hamilton, M.S., Coordinator Senior, ASU New Student Programs
As a creative, you likely have strengths and have developed skills in storytelling through your art, design, performance or other creative endeavors. However, have you reflected on how you tell your story in networking conversations?
What is networking? Networking is interacting with other people to exchange information and form a working partnership, especially to further one’s career, so in a way: Networking is communicating. You can network with anyone with whom you are communicating. You are not only networking when you attend a networking event like a Career Fair or Alumni mixer, but also when you are collaborating on a project with your peers, getting feedback on an idea from a faculty member, or even when you run into someone new on the elevator. If you are prepared to make a positive first impression, introduce yourself in a powerful way, and communicate your story...any connection can be a networking connection. Why is networking important? Your ability to effectively communicate your professional story during networking conversations will help you build a collaborative network of other creative professionals, network with industry leaders within your field, and expand your professional network across industries and functional areas.
You’ll want to make sure you are prepared to effectively tell your story and make the most out of networking events and opportunities. Watch this video to help you consider how transferable skills relate to effectively telling your story, how to make the most out of networking and your follow-up, and how to prepare for a creative career fair or networking event