Networking is the process of building relationships. A professional network can help you gather information, find job leads—including those that aren’t widely advertised—and connect with people who make hiring decisions.

There are many ways to build your professional network:

  • Talk to people you already know who are working in fields or industries related to your career interests, including your former professors or instructors in the College of Engineering, former supervisors, and relatives, friends, or acquaintances who work in technical positions.
  • Use LinkedIn to make professional contacts with people you already know and make new connections through your existing contacts.
  • Arrange an informational interview with a professional in a career that you'd like to know more about.
  • Attend career events, either at Penn State or in your local area (if possible), including career fairs, networking events, and professional talks and presentations. These events give you access to recruiters, professionals in your field, and other alumni.
  • Join a professional organization related to your desired field.

Professional networking is an ongoing process. Maintain your network by staying in touch with your contacts periodically. Keep them abreast of your career search and any new developments.


Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032