Skip to main content
Career Centre


Connecting with others is one of the most important aspects of your career development

—for researching potential careers, networking with people in fields you’re interested in, seeking out or creating career opportunities, and looking for a job. All of your connections are valuable ones, whether they’re friends, family members, fellow students, employers, teammates, professors, roommates, or neighbours. For the purposes of beginning and furthering your own career, it is important that you value all the connections you have and continue to make new connections, particularly in the career field you’re interested in.

Ways to Make Connections

Making Connections: Identify networks

1Identify networks

Start by taking a few minutes to look at who is in your current network. You'll be surprised at how extensive your network already is! more...

Making Connections: Hang out with friends

2Hang out with friends

This is the easiest way to start building your network! These are the people who know you best so they're the ideal people to recommend you to others for career exploration or job search information. more...

3Be a good neighbour

This is another easy one! Look around your neighbourhood, or your residence. Are there ways to get involved? Ways to make a contribution? more...

Making Connections: Learn how to utilize your connections

4Learn how to utilize your connections

Do you know how to make connections without being a nuisance? Take the time to learn acceptable networking behaviour so your connections with others will be more enjoyable and successful. more...

5Join an online community

You probably already utilize social media like Facebook or Twitter, so you likely already have an online presence—but are you using it to help your future career? more...

6Join a club or team

You never know who you'll meet while participating in a club or on a team. It doesn't have to be a career-related club either. Any club you're interested in can provide opportunities to connect with others. more...

Making Connections: Do volunteer work

7Do volunteer work

Volunteer work is a great way to gain experience in your field of interest and make new connections. more...

8Get involved in an activity

If you don't have time to join a club or team, or commit to volunteer work, you can still get involved on campus or in the community. Look for opportunities to get involved in "one time only" activities or those with minimal time commitment. more...

9Become a leader

Leadership skills are highly valued by employers—and they're fun to develop! more...

Making Connections: Become a leader

10Participate in an internship

An internship—whether paid or unpaid—is an excellent way to connect with people in your field of interest and explore your fit for a particular occupation. more...

11Get a job

Like volunteer work and internships, paid employment is a great way to increase your network, explore your fit for a particular field or occupation, and demonstrate to an employer all the qualities that would make you a good full-time employee after graduation. more...

Recruitment Policies and Disclaimer

York University Career Centre Facebook link York University Career Centre Twitter link York University Career Centre YouTube link
Video: What is Networking What is Networking (11:20)
Video: Benefits of Networking Benefits of Networking (9:58)
Video: How to Network How to Network (13:16)

     More Career Centre videos

Networking for Job Search and Career SuccessNetworking for Job Search and Career Success (Tullier)
The Vault Guide to SchmoozingThe Vault Guide to Schmoozing (Vault)
Networking Skills That Will Get You the Job You WantNetworking Skills That Will Get You the Job You Want (Kerr)
Information Interviewing: What It Is And How To Use It In Your CareerInformation Interviewing: What It Is And How To Use It In Your Career (Stoodley)

Drop by the Career Centre at 202 McLaughlin College to browse our full selection.

Career Centre Recruitment Policies and Disclaimer