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Tips for expanding your networks

Tips for expanding your networks

There’s a popular saying in Australia, ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know’.

When it comes to finding a job, your connections and networks can be very useful. They create introductions and opportunities, they can vouch for us, recommend us and verify our integrity. If you’d like to benefit from more contacts, there are plenty of (often fun) ways to expand your networks.

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Identify your existing connections

Begin by identifying your existing connections. These may include family, friends, housemates, ex-colleagues etc. If there are people you’ve lost touch with, get in contact again and make a point of maintaining regular contact.

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Join clubs and societies

As a student you are spoilt for choice at the various clubs and societies you can get involved in. The Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) has over 120 clubs and societies available to Deakin College students and you might be eligible for a free DUSA membership!

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Get involved in online communities

Online communities make it easy to interact with people from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of interests. They’re a great way to expand your connections from the comfort of your own home. Facebook, for example, has many neighbourhood and community pages and groups.

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Connect with groups based on cultural background

International students in particular find it helpful to connect with people from the same country as themselves. Deakin College has students from a range of backgrounds and there are many student groups that you can join based on your cultural background.

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International student events and networking

Study Melbourne offers international students opportunities to upskill and connect through the events and activities they host throughout the year. Visit the Study Melbourne website for more information.

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