🔁 How to Find Your People

🙌 Your network is much larger than you think.



Often, hearing the words “connections” and “networking” can easily make your heart beat faster and your palms start to sweat. 😰 😱

It’s Okay. Take a DEEP breath 😮‍💨

Think of “connections” or people in your “professional network” to be more like friends. Friends tend to help friends when they are in need.

🔁Try it.

Draw some bubbles on a sheet and label them.

[Adviser] – someone who has done what you want to do.
[Advice Giver] – someone that is in a different field than you.
[Connector] – someone who knows people who have done it before.
[Expert] – someone who you trust who will give you honest feedback.
[Backup] – someone who you might need in the future.
[Alum]– someone who was a former student at the University at Buffalo.
[Wildcard] – someone who doesn’t fit any of the definitions above.

Who do you know? 

Start writing the names of the people in your life that have helped you with:

  • Training
  • Motivation
  • Advice
  • Success
  • Direction
  • Coaching
  • Support
  • Goals

Hint 👉 Look around you. Think of friends, roommate, family, co-workers, parents’ friends, professors, neighbor, UB alumni, etc.

💥💥💥 AND, there’s your network!


➕ Let’s make even more connections.

Okay, you named your people, now think about the interests you have in common and write it next to their name. Circle the top 3 interests that you want to learn more about and schedule a time to talk. They might have other people to connect you with too.

To find more people with like interests and explore your career options, join a career community (or two) that fits you.

Steps to joining career communities to build your network:

  1. Sign in to Bullseye powered by Handshake.
  2. Click “Career Interests” under your name.
  3. Check the “Career Clusters” that interest you.
  4. Click “Save My Career Interests.”

Start adding Career Clusters to your Career Interests profile

Hint 👉 You can also start filling the gaps in your network by messaging others using the Handshake Community.