6 Building your management network
One of the central aims of MBA programmes is to help you build up a network of business and management contacts. This network will be a source of help and support in the future, and will help you to develop your social networking skills.
Networking is a collaboration between different people or agencies such as organizations. Often, independent organizations join together with others to form a network in which the other organizations have complementary skills so that together they can do something that neither alone would be able to manage.
For a network to develop, people need to make contact with each other through an agreed channel and to share information. This means that they must be prepared to listen to, read and understand other people’s different perspectives, and to explain and give information about their own perspectives.
Purpose: to develop a personal profile that you can use to introduce yourself.
Task: to produce a document that gives information about your work and study context. You will decide for yourself what to include, but this might include:
- where in the world you are located
- what your workplace is involved in (this could be your home if you run a business from there)
- your role in the work environment
- your aims in studying
- your skills and abilities (including the languages that you know)
- your plans and hopes for the future
- any other stakeholders who are involved in your study
- anything else that you think would be of interest to fellow students.