Networking online

2. LinkedIn

2.1. Using LinkedIn’s useful features

Research: use the articles, news, and vacancy adverts to conduct valuable research about relevant opportunities and company/industry developments – you can also look at professional profiles, learn the progression routes others have taken into the careers you’re interested in, and search for relevant companies in your sector.

Join Groups: you can join ready-made contacts in your chosen sector or connect with alumni from your university – these communities are more likely to offer information and advice than ‘cold-calling’ individuals.

Expand your awareness: LinkedIn is a global networking platform and a useful starting point for understanding the opportunities in other geographical areas – use the advanced search to find international opportunities.

Access to employers: many large and medium sized companies have a presence on this platform, however, this varies for smaller companies – follow the updates and news stories to expand your knowledge.