Forget Coding—Here’s The Skill You Need Most When You Start Your Career

from Fast Company

It used to be that the only way to climb a career ladder was to pick up more skills. Learn how to do X, get paid more for it, and earn job-title Y. Up you went. Each new capability you mastered got you to that “next level,” either inside your current company or at a different one. Today, many of those ladders have fallen and shattered, with just a few left standing. Lately there have been efforts to hammer together some new ones, with new skills—usually tech-based—like cybersecurity or coding expertise held up as the new keys to staying competitive in the future job market.

That isn’t exactly wrong. Some skill sets really are in higher demand than others, so it makes sense to counsel undergrads and entry-level workers to brush up in certain subject areas in order to gain an edge. But this kind of advice still reflects a “ladder-climbing” mind-set in a world that’s looking a lot more like a lattice, where talent—and people’s entire careers—are much more fluid.

In order to move up, over, side to side, and double back when you need to, all while making your way upward, the trait you need most is adaptability, not this or that tech skill. And there’s no way to adapt if you don’t have a great network you can tap from the get-go.

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26 Responses to Forget Coding—Here’s The Skill You Need Most When You Start Your Career

  1. Robert Seijas February 9, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    “It isn’t what you know, but who you know.” This is one of the most common things heard today by most college students, and for very good reason. This article is outlining an even deeper importance of networking skills and strength than most people would believe. It even goes the extra mile to prioritize it over the important skills and side skills that one must develop in the professional environment in order to move up the ladder and become successful in their own career. The thought of this is very peculiar, as it stresses the belief that your influence can get you farther than your skills and abilities. This though may be alarming to those that work hard but don’t have a big network, because it could lead them to believe that somebody who is not hard working can swoop in and steal an opportunity right out from under their nose. Although this is completely possible, it still does not seem very probable, because the basic skills required in the workplace and in a certain career are still immensely important. Nobody will last in a job if they do not have the ability to execute, so the idea of having a job stolen on networking strength alone is one that does not hold much of a threat.
    This does not mean that somebody with equal or even slightly less credentials could not do the exact same thing. The specific word that the article used was, “adaptability” which in the specific meaning of the article requires a strong network to lay a foundation. This idea of adaptability in the workplace through a network would mean, much like the article said, moving from job to job and from project to project. This is where the idea of networking and adaptability begin to influence the workforce itself, as well as our understanding of networking in itself. The article moves towards the direction of a completely different job market, one which is mainly comprised of shorter jobs, or temporary contracts. This may be true in many different businesses, but does not seem to be a very large share of the professional job market. Many professionals still work for their own specific companies. This also alters what current college students are being told by professors and younger professionals.
    The current stories being told to students revolve around a labor market in which professionals shift from business to business after one or more years. Rather than waiting in one spot for a promotion or, “staying loyal,” many professionals are seeking much quicker advancement and move around many businesses. This idea is not being adapted by the idea of the gig – economy, which is what the article is speaking about, and which is why networks are being stressed so much. The idea of a gig – economy is a very fathomable idea, as it seems that is the way that the market is shifting. The norm has already changed from staying at one job to moving around, and can very easily change from moving around to moving from contract to contract. If this is the case, it is a very interesting and very smart idea to keep a strong network and always make attempts to grow it, because it is as important to a work life as a brain is to a human.

  2. Jonathan Cavallone February 9, 2017 at 9:39 pm #

    Because I am aspiring a career in the investment banking or accounting industry, I have become familiar with the importance of building a strong network. This article outlines how building a strong network can benefit a worker in their specific career. One extremely essential social media engine when it comes to networking is LinkedIn. This platform is designed to help business professionals build their network. I had to make a LinkedIn account in high school, but I did not start using it extensively until recently. I have been trying to connect with as many professionals as I can, and not connect with every person I have ever made eye contact with like other social media platforms.
    Building a network is key to landing a highly sought after job. Everyone has heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” and that is extremely true when it comes to competitive industries. My father is a partner at KPMG, one of the big for accounting firms, and he has consistently told me not to count on him to get me a job. He has explained that he can easily set me up to get the job, but it is in my power to build my experience and network to make me appealing to the employer. My dad has said many times that college is over rated, a waste of time, money, the list goes on and on, and the reason he says this is because he learned everything he needed to know through internships and working on the job. Learning information in the classroom and applying it to real life situations can be challenging. It is extremely important to have a mentor who is experience in the work force to walk you through the process and teach you how to do specific things. Finding a mentor is much easier if you build a strong network. Being a freshman, I have been sluggish when it comes to networking events at Seton Hall University because I have heard that the people there tend to shoo away freshman. I have heard that the employers at these events are typically looking for sophomores and juniors with experience that a typical freshman would not have. After reading the last few paragraphs about how to build a network, I feel I am capable of building a strong network. I am a member of the Hall Street Fund here at Seton Hall University, and this club is always hosting excellent networking opportunities. In addition, many of leaders of the club are extremely experienced in the finance industry and have many connections to financial firms and banks such as Citi Group, and George + company. The opportunities are right in front of me, I just need to capitalize on them. After reading this article, I am eager to put myself out there and start building my network.

  3. Juan Landin February 9, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

    Ever since we were young, we were always told that if you do well in school you could get into a good college. Then we were told if we did good in college then we would get a good job that can turn into a career. Today, that is simply not true anymore. Just because you possess certain skills or know a lot of information does not mean you will get that job after college. Many of the students coming out of college cannot find jobs. This comes from the lack of difference between candidates. To a person reading your resume, there are many more candidates who know what you know or have the same accolades. Some even have more experience than you do. So how do you distinguish yourself from the competition, you make sure you know someone who knows that person who will be reading your resume.

    This skill is called networking. Networking is connecting with people to exchange information, contacts, etc. in order to further one’s career. This skill could be more important than anything else you learn. Even though this skill can be the difference between your career and just a job, it is not a skill that is normally taught in schools. This is what is hurting many of the college graduates who are looking to get that position that 50 other people are also trying to get. These students are constantly being told all they need to get a good job is to get good grades. This is all they focus on. This skill should be taught as early as high school because some people you meet in high school could help you get that job later on in life. It should also be taught in college because this is the one of the most important times to network because you are working around people who will be in the same job field as you and learning from professors who have probably been in that job field you want to enter. Networking allows you to get that extra edge that may get you the job.
    One way to network is to attend job fairs. These fairs have people from different companies scouting potential employees. Is it imperative, though, to make a great first impression to that person. Make sure they remember you because you never know who that person can be. They can be some low level employee or they can be the person, working in HR, which reviews your resume. Many people that are seen as important in their job field have so many people coming up to them to network that they cannot remember them all. If you can make yourself standout and make them remember you than that is half the battle. A good idea is to also network with previous managers from other jobs you have had. These managers can act as references for the job you are applying for and a good reference will significantly increase the odds of you being hired. Especially if you performed exceptionally at your previous job. If someone thinking about hiring you hears from your former boss that you are the best employee he/she has ever had then you are closer to getting that job. Networking with former classmates can also prove useful when trying to land that job. The father of the kid you sat next to in class may be friends with one the managers that work at the accounting firm you have just applied to. This just shows that being open and friendly to everyone is important because you never know who they could be. They’ll be more likely to remember and create a relationship with you if you are friendly vs is you were indifferent towards them.

    These people can not only give you an edge when it comes to getting the job, they can also feed you valuable knowledge that can also help you get that position. Especially if you network with someone that is currently in your field. If you can communicate with them and “pick their brain” about your job field, then you may learn many skills that will impress the company you are applying to. They may be able to teach you skills or intangibles that cannot be learned in school based on their experience. If you in an interview and the interviewer asks you a question and you answer like you have years of experience, then you may have just caught the attention of that company. Social media can be a major tool when trying to network. Linkedin is one the best because it can connect you with people that are in your job field. It makes networking a lot easier.

    Overall, the importance of networking is not stressed enough in school. Doing well in school is always of the up most importance, but that won’t guarantee you the job anymore. You need to communicate and build relationships with people who can help you get that job. If not, then you will be just another candidate with the same credentials at the other 100 candidates that applied for the job.

  4. Julian Manzano February 9, 2017 at 11:18 pm #

    Getting a job in today’s world is very difficult, and many people think that the way to get a job is to build up a large amount of skills to put on your resume. While this is a great start, this will only get you so far in a world as competitive as the work force. Think about it like this, everyone who is applying to a job that you want is probably just as qualified as you, so to get to past the competition, you need an edge. A way to edge past the competition is a great network and great networking skills. Knowing people is the most valuable asset you can have in the workforce, whether it is to get a job opportunity or to have someone you can go to for advice or help in your field.
    The first thing students are taught coming into college is the importance of a great network and how to network effectively. We are taught that a great network with people in your field, and sometimes people not in your field, will bring great job opportunities and will help you gain valuable information and skills needed to succeed in the future. Your network can consist of many types of people, like your professors, fellow students, and alumni from your college. Becoming colleagues with these people cannot hurt, and will actually be an advantage as you graduate and are looking for a job. Having a great network will end up being a very valuable asset when you go into the work force.
    No one is automatically given a network, it has to be crafted carefully and it is a vital skill to have. It is crucial to construct your network carefully, because relevance is such an important factor into maximizing the effect of your network. For example, if you are a bio major, it would not make sense to network with people with a philosophy degree because their knowledge and expertise will not coincide with yours. Instead, you should network with various science majors and maybe a business major so you could eventually figure out how to get a new medicine or product into the market. Constructing a network is such an important skill to have in today’s world, and it has to be done very carefully.
    As a freshman, I have to start networking soon, because I start internships soon and networking is crucial in finding the perfect internship for me. Since there are many networking fairs and alumni events, I can go to these and start working on building my network through those types of events. For my major, business finance, creating a strong and plentiful network is critical to finding a good job since there are so many students in this major. I have to separate myself from the pack and create a strong network and use social media tools like LinkedIn and Facebook, just to name a few. I look forward to making a strong here at Seton Hall and I cannot wait to see where it can take me, and where I can take others in the future.

  5. Taylor Salomon February 10, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    If coding isn’t the skill you need the most when you kick-start your career, then what is? According to Fast Company, the key to staying competitive are learning new skills- usually tech- based- like cybersecurity or coding expertise. Do you remember Yahoo’s email scanning software scandal? Well, this incident falls under the cybersecurity. In addition, during the presidential election, Hilary Clinton was involved in a leaked email scandal. Although her situation did not involve any email-scanning software, it is important to note that email servers are dangerous as well. Don’t you see there is a need for more people to solve these issues?
    All undergraduates aspire to enter the work force. Therefore, they should think smart and pursue degrees with STEM skills. Science, technology, engineering, and math are key to next greatest invention. Some skill sets are higher in demand than others are, so it makes sense to counsel undergrads and entry- level workers to brush up in certain subject areas in order to gain an edge. Great advice in this article is to develop technical skills. Another article stated the same thing. In The Best of The Best U.S. Jobs Are Tech Tech And Tech Again, Glassdoor’s latest survey revealed the top- seeded position is data scientist. Math and computer programming skills play an important role in this job. Currently, there are 4.184 openings for that positions as well as a healthy median base salary of $110,000.
    As the article states, it isn’t what you know, but who you know. Student Robert Seijas touches upon the importance of networking. The article emphasizes the importance of networking skills. One line that Robert said stuck out to me. This article goes the extra mile to prioritize over important and side skills that one must develop in the professional environment in order to move up the ladder and become successful in their own career. Similar to Robert’s reaction, I find it peculiar that this article stresses the belief that an individual’s own influence gets you farther than skills and abilities. This poses a threat to people who work hard but have a small networking database. Robert brings to my attention that someone that does not work hard can swoop in and steal an opportunity right up under them. Shouldn’t basic skills be factored into this equation? Nobody will last at a job if they don’t have the ability to execute. Robert concludes the idea of having a job stolen on a networking strength alone does not pose a major threat.
    As a student of the Stillman school of Business, I am aware of the importance of networking. The Career Center always pushes undergrads like myself to hit up alumni on LinkedIn. Alumni love hiring students at their almamater. The article also highlights this networking opportunity. An interesting piece of advice is to connect with graduates a few years ahead of me. It is a smart tactic since their contacts will still be fresh so they can introduce me to others. In addition, their experience and pointers will be relevant instead of outdated. By keeping in touch with older graduates, I have a strong alumni database to find internships and full- time jobs.
    Overall, it is important to take away a few things. If you know people, you are more likely to land a job. Today, it does not matter if you graduate as valedictorian or salutatorian. The job market is becoming more competitive, so it gives students an edge if they know a top executive if they plan to work at a major corporation.

  6. Thomas Dellisanti February 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

    From an early age, we are told that we must do well in school and get good grades in order to succeed. While this is partially true, we are never told what type of skills are necessary for the workforce, skills that would allow us to be even more in demand for a job. Our knowledge of the field we want to work in is essential because it shows how prepared we are for any jobs we might apply for. However, this knowledge, as the article points out, will only take us so far in the workforce. To give ourselves the best possible opportunities, we need to learn the most important skill that is required for success: networking.
    Building a network of connections is extremely important to succeeding in the business world. In college, students are encouraged to start building their network early, before they start working. If they show interest in a certain field and become involved with important people in that field, it becomes much easier to get a job. Many students can even have a job as soon as they graduate because of the power of knowing the right people. Knowledge of a certain field is important, but it become almost meaningless if they do not know people that can put this knowledge to good use. An easy way to make connections that is highly encouraged in college is LinkedIn. With this website, it becomes extremely easy to make connections because it requires you to show the field you are most interested in and the college you are attending or attended. If you build up your profile, your network of connections will grow exponentially.
    However, even with this resource, unemployment is still a significant issue in society, especially among recently graduated college students. This problem is partially caused by students that take majors that are not in demand and a lack of desire to get into the workforce. However, not knowing how to network is also a significant reason of unemployment. Students are told that good grades are important, but they are never taught what to do with that knowledge. As a result, students never make an attempt to make contacts, which makes finding a job considerably more difficult. To fix this problem, more high schools should offer some class or information sessions that show why networking is important before students are expected to network. As a result, more student will go into college knowing how to make important connections and build their own network.
    The most important resource in the workforce is not knowing a certain set of skills but instead knowing how to develop your certain skills. Like the article says, making connections will not only help you get a job, but they can also help you if you are inexperienced in a certain field. Using other people’s knowledge can be extremely beneficial because it can help you learn something you did not know previously, which can help in the future. No one is expected to know everything, but if you do not have the proper connections, your experience and knowledge cannot grow. With an ever-increasing reliance on technology and social media sites, finding someone that has the same interests and skills as you is should be easy. Networking events are also important for making connections because they allow you to meet face to face with professionals in your desired field. No matter the methods, networking is essential to succeeding in any field, subject, or job.

  7. Michelle Pyatnychuk February 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    When I first came into college, I had the mindset that it is not what you know, it is who you know. Now, after attending a few networking and workshop events what I found out is that it is actually, who knows you. Networking is crucial in any industry because it really is through people that you are able to move up within your career. By putting yourself out there and connecting with people, you open yourself up to a world of opportunity where you are seen as the first one in the door and the last one out. This is a skill that I truly believe is most crucial to learn how to accomplish rather than the technical ones because as the article states, it is one thing that will help you flow from one industry into another.

    To be able to network effectively requires you to be alert and ready to socialize with anyone that you meet throughout your day. As Schmidt said, networking is more than a skill it is a day job. A prospective employee or even a student in college now, has to be working at their communication skills with anyone and everyone that they meet because through meeting and connecting with people, you can put your name out there and soon people will know you before you know them. I agree with Schmidt that any type of computer or language skill will strengthen you as a working individual but being a strong communicator that has a network of substantial people within your industry, or another industry, is the best way to get your foot in the door.

    I also agree with Schmidt’s advice that we all worry, especially me being a college student, about whether or not we will not get all the skills that we need in order to be successful after graduation. But, if we focus on networking now, it is the people within our own network that will enable us to gain new skills. It really is the best idea for anyone worried about being prepared for the working world to build a network of working professionals now because it is these professionals that will help you achieve the knowledge of the skills you will need to have within your industry.

    This article has shown that by showing clubs, honor societies, organizations and going to any type of career or networking event, we as students have control over our future. By getting involved in college, we are putting our foot in the door even before applying for that first internship because those professionals that you reach out to will remember you for being the proactive, persistent prospective employee they have been looking for. What these article has done for me is that it really has given me a peace of mind about my future because if I find the right people that will support my way up the ladder, there should not be anything that will prevent me from reaching the top.

  8. William Stuck February 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    This article by Lars Schmidt explains how the workplace has changed over the past few years. Our world is changing at an ever-increasing rate, and therefore our ideas of job placement and hierarchal advancement are no longer applicable to the modern workplace. Our older notions of getting promoted involve moving up the ladder as people are fired, quit, or retire. Often times this would require us to learn other skills such as that of a manager. Schmidt says that this has changed without a whole lot of people even realizing it. The new system that is described is much less linear. We are told that the ability to move side to side and occasionally even double back is vital to your ability to move upwards in a company. To be an asset in more than one position, the modern worker need to be flexible and able to adapt and excel in a multitude of scenarios. Because the workplace is constantly changing, it makes sense that the ability to adapt and deal with change is much more important than any one skill. Another important asset when starting your career is a strong network. Today, who you know matters as much as (if not more than) what you know. This is why we are told that building a network is important. It is also why we are often encouraged to go to alumni events and other networking things. I am a sports management major, and we are told that knowing people is more vital in that particular industry than in any other. Schmidt also describes how having a network of well informed people you trust can help you to make important decisions. This is especially true early on in your career when you do not have a whole lot of experience to draw from. One of the best qualities in a leader is the ability to recognize and admit what you do not know, and surround yourself with people who can help you until you get the hang of things. One good and recent example of this is John Lynch, the nw GM of the San Fransisco 49ers. The former player was criticized for having absolutely no front office experience. However, he was mature enough to admit this and surround himself with a group of experienced and successful advisors whom he can rely on for counsel. I believe that because of this he can still find success in his new and unfamiliar position. Schmidt also tells us that these relationships have to go both ways. He says that you have to show support for others in your network if you want them to help you out somewhere down the road. This means providing them with your own insights and knowledge. Even something as small as sharing their social media posts can show them that you support them and that you aren’t afraid to be associated with them and what they stand for.

  9. Garrett Palmeri February 10, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    Something my mom always told me is that, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Lars Schmidt is writing exactly that. According to Schmidt, the corporate world is moving away from the ladder-based work force where you move up as you learn new skills. Instead, the way to get ahead is increasing the spectrum of your network. I could not agree more with this. Using your network as a job skill is key to advancing in the corporate world. There are some easy things you can do, especially as an inexperienced college undergraduate as myself, to build and improve your network.
    A great way of doing this is using your university as a start. Alumni generally are always looking out for prospective employees that have a similar interest like place of school. I recently started investing a lot of my time into LinkedIn because I realize that I need to start building my network. Using their jobs app on my iPhone, I am targeting internships in companies that currently employ Seton Hall students and alumni. These are my first choice because if a company is satisfied or better with students coming out of the same program as I am, they will be more likely to hire others from the program.
    Schmidt also mentions social media presence. It is not the typical precautionary advice of being careful of what you post though. Instead, its explained that you should use social media platforms such as Twitter to market yourself and network with others in conversations and posts that you share interest in. In doing so, you can end up conversing with someone whom can help you in the future or that you can also help. This is something I think I am going to consider utilizing. At least following major business moguls on Twitter will increase my exposure to the corporate world and I might see something that will spark my interest.
    I am lucky in the fact that Seton Hall has such an amazing Career Center, which takes a huge burden off of my shoulders. Also, my dad is extremely familiar with the corporate world since he was a higher-up for a national corporation. Lastly, I am very lucky to have family currently in the corporate world in the exact fields I am interested in that have let me know they would be there to help me out in any way that they can. Using them anf the Career Center, I will be able to build a strong network and introduce myself to the corporate world.

  10. Jacob Hoelting February 10, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

    The times are changing. A couple years ago, the job industry was all about what college you went to and what degree/degrees you have. Now, however, it seems that getting the job is all about whom you know. This does not mean that getting the job does not require a degree, because it most definitely does require a degree, but it means that the most important thing to get a job now is networking. As college students, we hear this word all of the time, networking, but what does it mean? Networking is the action of interacting with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one’s career. This is an important skill to have because since there are limited jobs for everyone a company/business wants to hire someone they absolutely know will be essential to their team And there is no better way to make sure of this than listening to someone that is already a valuable asset to the company/business to say that they know someone that is capable of meeting all of the requirements. Networking is also nothing more than talking to someone, making a good/lasting impression and exchanging contact information for the future. It is a simple task, but a big skill. Especially in a time when jobs are scarce, there is no better time to grow a marketing skill. If someone ever loses a job, they can then look up all the people they have marketed with and see who they should contact in order to get back to work. There is no better resume than the word of mouth. Sure, someone could have the best resume in the world, but they could have a terrible work ethic or be an absolute, for lack of better words, ass. Actually, knowing a person and knowing what they stand for and how they work really says a lot and can really help a person in their future careers.

    At Seton Hall University, they know that marketing is a huge part of business now and occasionally have marketing events to further progress their students into a better career. After college, students would get absolutely nowhere without marketing. Employers are looking for people with “experience” so that leaves out all college students. There is a joke that says that employers are looking for “Young 24-35 year old with 15 years of experience”. Now obviously this is impossible, but this is essentially, what employers are looking for. They are looking for young people with new ideas that can work at their company/business for a long time, but with the experience. There is no way any college graduate can possibly get that job. The only way to combat this requirement is networking. What that requirement is saying is that they want someone that they know will know what they are doing on the job, but with networking someone can be in the company/business telling the higher ups how amazing and dedicated a college graduate is. Universities now know that this is now the fact of the job market and set up events for their students to market with future employers and/or alumni that know how good the students are that come out of that university. Marketing is everything in job search now because there is a stigma on getting jobs and what it take to get that job.

  11. George Tannous February 10, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    Networking is very overlooked throughout high school. It was never emphasized enough how important it is to network. However in college it is considered one of the most vital things. It is no longer about what you know, but who you know. Those who work hard and get good grades are not the preferred employee anymore. It is those who have practical skills and network with each other. When you build a web and a catalog of people who are high up employers, you are already 3 steps ahead of those who haven’t. This could mean the difference between not having a job and getting paid 6 figures. In a market like the one where we are in today, knowing one person could easily mean the difference between you and another potential job candidate getting a job.
    This is exactly why LinkedIn has become such a huge website. A good resume and a good transcript is no longer enough to get a job. You now need to know people who are renowned and respected. If you are friends with people who are highly respected, you automatically gain credibility from an employer. You no longer become as big of a risk to hire versus one who is simply applying with no credentials. The job market evolves so drastically every single year that sometimes it is hard to keep up. But the simple fact is those who evolve with it are the ones who stay in work. Those who choose to stay behind are the ones who tend to become unemployed or not get employed. Being resilient and optimistic to change is another key objective for employers searching for employees. Changes happen every year in the business market and if you fail to accept this you will likely not get many job opportunities.
    After reading this article by Lars Schmidt, I now understand really how much of a necessity marketing ones self to others has become. There is so many ways that you can market yourself to others and to build that connection web with lots of employers. This is the distinguishing factor to separate one from the others. I really do not feel it is stressed enough in the majority of classes I have taken of just how important this is. It is in the same importance category of having a good resume and transcript. One of the biggest mistakes college students make is not using all of their resources to their highest advantage. Seton Hall has a terrific career center that will not only help you find internships, but will help you make connections with other people who can propel you further into a career.
    As the job market gets more competitive each year with fewer jobs and less opportunities, it is so important that people work towards gaining connections. As it was pointed out in the article, social media could actively be used to search and look at what businessmen and corporations tweet out. The information they are interested in could help you better understand how an industry thinks and the concerns in the corporate office setting.

  12. Peter DeSantis February 10, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    In the article titled, “Forget Coding – Here’s The Skill You Need The Most When You Start Your Career,” the author, Lars Schmidt, brings up the interesting idea that technical skills are not as valuable as a good, solid network is in obtaining a good first job and moving upwards from that position. Technical skills are obviously essential because one needs to be qualified in order to perform the necessary tasks that the job entails. Extra procedural skills are not as important to employers as they once were, which is a huge change from the way it was for the generation before us. Schmidt claims that, “In the modern workface, networked knowledge and experience…are becoming as important as individual skills.” He then goes on to offer what I found to be very useful advice for improving one’s network and how to maximize its advantages.

    Schmidt acknowledges that some skills are in high demand, most of them tech related such as cybersecurity or coding knowledge. Even still, that most likely will not be enough to land the dream job. A network is necessary to help with the problems that one’s own skills or the Internet cannot solve. Schmidt says that there will be times at the beginning of a new worker’s career where he will not have the experience to adequately complete assigned tasks. If one already has an established network then he can go to the appropriate individuals and capitalize on their well-developed skill set which they gained from years in the workforce. Schmidt suggests that one should begin building his network as early as possible so that he has a concrete network when he starts working. I agree with this and believe that having a network and knowing the right people is essential especially to succeeding in the business world. I like the idea of having people, most likely elders who are more versed that I am, to go to seeking knowledge and guidance. I’m trying my best to enhance my network by making sure to contact family and friends who work in the business world to let them know that I am entering the field myself. I also make sure to attend as many career related events, accounting and finance talks, and networking events as my schedule allows because I understand that it is vital to actively work toward getting a job and creating a network even as a freshman.

    Schmidt says that it is pertinent to make connections with alumni from your college while you are still in college. This is something that I am already aware of and realize that I need to take advantage of my school contacts. Schmidt makes an interesting point saying that it is especially important to be friendly with graduates who are only a few years ahead you. I always thought it would be best to look towards alumni who graduated maybe 10-20 years ago because ideally, they have a decent amount of experience and are established in their field. Schmidt argues that it is better to approach the younger alumni because they will have fresh and relevant advice to give you since they were in your shoes only a couple of years ago. I actually like this tactic better because, as a freshman it is easier to get to know students who are a few grades above me. I can utilize the clubs that I am in to form a relationship with upperclassmen. Then when I get to the workforce, I can contact my friends, who will at that point be a part of my network, if I need help.

    The last piece of advice that Schmidt had to offer was the best tip in the article. He says to “never stop giving.” By this he means that it is just as important to be a crucial part of someone else’s network as it is to have someone else be a part of yours. I agree because I believe that if I show I want to help someone else and be there when he needs me; he, in turn, will do the same for me. It is a sort of “karma” or “what goes around comes around” type of situation. My favorite line from the article is, “The key to a great network is generosity.” You have to be willing to give to the other person if you expect them to help you. Networks should be mutually beneficial for all involved parties.

  13. Nick Shervanian February 10, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

    Ever since we were in middle school or high school, we were told that the end goal was not to get a good job but to get into a good college. Then that college education would lead to a good job, which would then turn, into a career. It is a process. There is a lot more to this process. Just being able to have these certain skills is not enough if people do not know who you are. You need to show people how you stand out and why you are fit for the position. Whether it is through a resume or an interview, there needs to just be one thing to get you to stand out. You also have to know people. Having connections is the easiest and most successful way to get to the career you want to have. This is known as networking. Networking is where you connect with people to exchange information; interests, contacts, or even just a having a simple conversation can go a long way in furthering your career. Networking is not normally taught in schools, but in college is something you need to go out and seek help in at the career centers. Students are always told that it is their grades that will decide if they get a good job or not, but that is only half of the battle. You need to stand out among dozens of other people going for the same job you are. I believe this skill needs to be taught in high school. It is something that many students struggle with in college and having that early start and preparation could be very beneficial in the end. It allows you to get that extra edge.
    One way to network yourself is at job fairs. These fairs have representatives from different companies coming to schools to talk to possible employees. A great first impression is necessary at these events. This is something that many students need help with. You have to make sure they remember your face and not just the resume that you hand them. That resume is just tossed into a pile with many others and yours may not even be looked at. Even the smallest connection can go a long way. They will be more likely to remember someone that creates a relationship with them against someone who is indifferent to them and only using them to get a job. They may also be able to teach you skills that cannot be learned by asking questions or help you prepare for an interview and have your answers somewhat ready. Social media is also a great way to get yourself out and making connections. LinkedIn is an app designed specifically for networking. It makes networking so much easier. The importance of networking is not stressed enough in school until it is needed and could be too late. Doing well in school and getting good grades is only half of the battle. Building relationships and making yourself stand out is the other half; which is maybe more important.

  14. Matthew Radman February 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

    The world has changed since the popularization of corporate “ladder-climbing” has hit its peak. Many of our parents have been at the same company for many years or even decades and have steadily climbed straight up. It is true that today’s job climate values adaptability because people are changing careers all the time and companies are hiring from more diverse backgrounds than previously. This change directly correlates to the change in thought of higher education. It is now not necessary for a person to study business to be a CEO, for example. The new CEO success story is one in which a person is picked up from a different industry and put in charge of another. No longer is a worker defined as heavily by their tenure, but by their skills, both tangible and intangible.
    Today’s college graduates change jobs twice as often as those in Generation X; four times a decade as opposed to twice a decade. Despite the pleas of parents, today’s students are studying less concrete majors such as philosophy at higher rates. Rutgers University New Brunswick’s undergraduate philosophy program has doubled in enrollment between 2002 to 2008, from 50 to 100. With many students finding success in their careers as lawyers, professors, and business people, it is hard to argue that it is a useless major. Despite warnings from those born in a different generation, today’s job market values less tangible skills highly; adaptability being at the top of that list.
    It is more and more common with every new year to hear “your major does not matter.” That statement is surprisingly accurate. The fact is that all majors develop a particular set of intangible skills in a student, many of these skills are valuable in the workforce. With so many people changing jobs, a universal power can go a long way in climbing the corporate lattice.
    The perfect example of a career that utilizes and test a diverse set of talent is entrepreneurship. Being your boss is becoming one of the more common ways for people to make a living. An excellent example of a great entrepreneur who has pivoted since their college days is Robert Herjavec. The son of an immigrant factory worker has come a long way since his childhood. When Robert went to college at the University of Toronto, he decided to study English; another degree often underestimated in its value and Political Science. He then worked as a debt collector. Fast forward to today, Robert is the founder and CEO of Herjavec Group, one of Canada’s largest cyber security firm. Robert attributes his double major in college to helping him be successful as a leader and a manager.
    Robert is a prime example of why the writing on a college degree is less important than it was a generation or two ago. The skills learned from that primary as well as other attributes is considered highly in a world of short tenures and high amounts of entrepreneurship.

  15. hannah deppen February 10, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    A misconception that many young professionals believe is that adding dozens of skills to your resume is not a guarantee for a job. Most of the time, it is all about who you know. Especially coming right from college, the other people applying will have a similar skillset as you do. It is frustrating to work incredibly hard in college so you can add skills to your resume; however, you may still not get the job if someone else has the same skills and they know the manager. It is a tough realization, but the truth is, your skills only get you so far.
    In the article, the author talks about how years ago, the way to move up in your field was to climb the ladder by starting low and working your way up. Now, twenty-somethings will get a managerial job that would once only be suited for someone who had been working for the country for twenty years. The main reason why this is a possibility is that networking has become vital. With technology becoming a main component in the business world, it is easier to keep in touch with old professor, alumni and such. Websites such as LinkedIn have created a new way to network yourself. It allows professionals to keep in touch and make connections with other professionals. When finding jobs transitioned from “ladder climbing” to “who you know,” LinkedIn and Twitter became incredibly useful. I know that I would be hesitant to email alumni that I hardly knew, just so I could make that connection; however, with LinkedIn and other social media, it is less intimidating to reach out.
    Something I often forget as I am only a freshman, is that I should worry about making connections now and not putting that off until senior year. Something that really stuck out to me, was a line where it said that relationships form over time. An employer is going to be more likely to offer a job to someone that they are familiar with, than someone who reached out to them a month before they graduate. I have realized that if I start now, my relationship with employers will be stronger than if I start them in two years. It was also pointed out in the article that if your networking skills help you get the job, the employer will be more likely to help you if there is a skill that you are not as familiar with. By learning new skills, you will broaden your horizon and become more familiar in another field. Being familiar in other fields is so attractive to employers. That is something I have to work on in the future. I often get caught up with the “typical” skills that a business major needs, that I forget that having other skills outside of that will make me more marketable.
    The article gives me hope that I do not have to push myself to the extremes in order to get a job. I pay so much attention on perfection that I forget getting employed is not solely focused on my skillet. It lets me know getting a job is a combination on skills and networking.

  16. Carl Hakansson February 10, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

    “Unemployment and underemployment are still hitting millennials the hardest these days”. This unsettling statement is unfortunately the sad reality faced by many people today. Many of us go to college, to learn skills that prepare us for the real world, and yet many still do not get jobs. To combat this, many people try and learn new skills beforehand, many of which are tech-based skills. As a college student, it is often drilled in our minds that technology is the future, and we will need to learn certain tech-based skills to succeed in the workforce. While this is true, it does not mean that we will not get a job by focusing on these skills. Adaptability, for example, is one of the most important skills to have that is not specifically tech-based. Workers need to adapt to their line of work; it is better to adjust to obstacles as they come along rather than enter the workforce with one specific set of skills and expect the job will not change at all. The one thing that millennials have going for them is their willingness to do “gig-work” rather than take on traditional jobs. If there are no job openings, there is always the opportunity to employ yourself with the set of skills you already possess and take on one project at a time. Gig work will allow you to build your own network, and meet people that are relevant to the skills you possess and will perhaps help you in the future. Networking brings me to my next point. As the old saying goes, “it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know”. To clarify, obtaining the skills necessary to succeed in a particular field is of utmost importance, as you will never be handed a job for nothing. Despite this, having a large network of connections will almost always work in your favor. People take notice of the job you do and your work ethic, and can always refer you to someone they know who may need a skill that you possess. They can provide experience and advise that will work to your advantage in the real world, and they can also refer you to people who may need your services or who can also offer advice.
    I really related to this article because it provided assurance to me that not all hope is lost, I will be able to find a job even if I am not good at coding. I will need to improve my skills in areas that are applicable to today’s world, but if I can build a large network then I can still succeed. No one can succeed without the help of others, and networking will allow you to interact with people that have different skills, know people that need the skill you possess, and teach you the skills you may not possess. Networking bring the “people aspect” back into the equation, rather than just relying on your computer skills to take you the entire way.

  17. Josh Luchon February 10, 2017 at 7:25 pm #

    This article really resonated with me because I have experienced first hand that all the knowledge and skill in the world will only get you 50% of the way to landing a great job or internship. I was fortunate enough to benefit from the fact that my connections overshadowed my lack of experience, but networking is everything. One of the most common problems with the millennial generation, especially in a professional context, is effective communication skills. Whether it be an email riddled with contractions and smiley faces or inappropriate work banter, the underlying issue is that generally speaking, the millennial generation has no clue how to communicate without babbling like uneducated fools. This flaw is extenuated in networking practices and I believe that there needs to be more emphasis on teaching proper networking/communication skills. At its core, networking is just a carefully navigated conversation with both sides working towards personal gain. For example, trying to initiate a professional relationship via a conversation at a university’s job fair is just a conversation between employer and student with both parties respectively looking to find a promising candidate and a solid job. Because professional networking is unwavering in its necessity, I would like to offer my opinion on how to learn.

    I won’t pretend to be some networking genius with 6 figure jobs lined up, but I have been exposed to numerous situations where I had to talk my way to a professional goal. The best place to start when looking for new contacts is LinkedIn. There is an art to cold messaging but the good news is that you have plenty of time to present a clear and concise message since the interaction is via the Internet and not in person. LinkedIn is a go-to for most industry professionals so it is easy to find someone that could potentially help you out. LinkedIn also lets you search for people by college so tracking down alumni is as easy as typing in the name of your school and a desired field. LinkedIn is a great place to start, but I would definitely recommend taking the initiative to set an in-person meeting, provided the person with whom you are conversing is nearby. LinkedIn is the professional version Facebook. You can make your page look nice to appeal to the people checking you out and there are several areas to fill in information to make you a more attractive candidate.

    While LinkedIn and career fairs are great places to start networking, I would argue that the best place to meet your potential employer is at the golf course. One of the best investments for a wide-eyed college student eager to make it big is a set of golf clubs and some lessons. Having worked at a golf course and played competitively, I know how much business is done on the course. While it may appear like a rich old man sport, golf is the best place to rub elbows with people you would otherwise have a hard time getting a meeting with. I have met bankers, stockbrokers, lawyers, doctors, politicians, even best friends just by being put into their groups by chance. It is hard not to have a few conversations throughout the course of an 5-hour round of golf so after a few investigative questions, the door opens for networking. The relaxed atmosphere and camaraderie on the golf course creates the best environment to bounce a few questions off people that could end up being your boss.

    All of this is not to say that you should plan on skating by with C’s and expect to land your dream job, but knowing the right people certainly helps.

  18. Austin O'reilly February 10, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

    This article is very relevant in my life because I am aware of the fact that getting a job is not only based off of your skills. Getting a job is mostly about your network of people that you know and who know you. If you have some common ground with your employer, like going to the same college, or going to a catholic school that shares the same values as the company your more likely to get the job. most importantly you need to continue to build your network. You can never know too many people, or have too big of a network. There are many benefits to having a network, especially as someone with little work experience. Instead of having to figure everything out and learn the hard way, you can network with people in other fields or In a field that is also integrated in the field you want to be in. Using your network to help you get more insight on tasks or to be more efficient in your work will make you stand out and move up the chain.

    It’s not only about how much you know. Unfortunately in life people are not always picked for jobs because they are the most qualified. You don’t need to be the most qualified or the smartest person in the world. This is because of successful networking. Sure brushing up on how to code, is something that can set you apart and give you an edge, but it won’t help you in other areas that a network will. You can’t teach yourself faster than asking someone in your network something. Someone in your network has been doing their job for years and will be able to give you great up to date advice. Trying to do this on your own or by teaching yourself can be very time consuming and a gamble. It’s a gamble because there is a good chance you can be wrong. Instead of taking that gamble, one should reach out to an alumni in that specific field and ask them for some advice. This advice will be reliable and will ultimately make you a better candidate for a job. The ability to reach out to an alumni and get good advice is something that an employer wants.

    How do you know when to reach out to alumni? The article went into detail on the steps that should be taken, especially in todays day in age. Since having a strong network, is more valuable than the actually knowledge, you should start networking now. You should get to know the upperclassmen, because they will be the people with the newest and freshest advice out there. On top of that they will have known you or have heard of you. You would share the experiences at the same school and will also have an advantage over people who do not share that experience.

    Above all, your network is the most important thing that you should have in mind when looking for a job. Without a strong network, it does not matter how qualified you are, people with a strong network will be more wanted than you.

  19. Bryan Ferro February 10, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

    Being raised by very strict parents, I knew I just needed good grades to get far in life. This article aims to prove my previous belief to be wrong. Being in high school, I would concentrate a lot on my studies and would not hang out with friends to much. The usual for a kid with strict parents. Coming into college, my entire outlook on how to be successful in getting a career is by letting my knowledge speak for me. Being a business major one of the most common things I have ever heard on campus is the word “networking”. I would have never known that to land a job in several industries, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Only now has it become obvious as to why companies desire someone who is not the same as the previous candidate. It all has to do with a small word, “unique.” Every company wants an employee who stands out from the rest. Someone who can potentially be a positive new asset to the company.
    Networking requires the social acknowledgment and exchange of information from one party to the next. The goal is to have these knew potential employees recognize you from your encounters and stand out from the other candidates. Many colleges do not put much emphasis to this ability and do not inform their students much about it. Which is why many millennials are stuck in unemployment, according to the article by Lars Schmidt. This is also, why Seton Hall has such high employment rates after college. The skill of Networking goes far and can determine if you get a job or not.
    The article gives us some methods as to how to build effective networking and information on the skill. One way to network well in my opinion is using social media and other sites. Twitter for example is very effective as you can directly communicate with many important executives or meet others who work for the company you are interested in. You put your name out for others to remember and when it is time to make a decision on who gets a job, it just may be your name they remember. You can also meet others who are in other aspects of different business or fields that may exclusively give you information of a recently opened position at their workplace. Another important aspect to networking are alumni from your college. Many alumni’s love to hire students from the same university they have come from since they know exactly the kind of work and classes the university made you take. It gives the other person a sense of personal connection as you both come from the same school. It can ultimately lead you to an internship that you so desperately required.
    As the world changes and credentials for jobs become more personalized and social, what we prioritize in order to get a job may change as well. As Bob Franco would always say, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

  20. Filip Bizek February 16, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

    Times are changing in unnaturally fast pace and it will not wait for us to comfortably keep up. What was trending 5 years ago no longer is today and this is quite scary. I remember couple of years back; people spoke about how long it will take to create a self-driven car. Well, it appears that we were not too far away from the inevitable future. Just recently, companies such as Tesla made it happen and the self- driven cars are hitting the market. This clearly shows how things once thought to be impossible are becoming the new reality for us to live in. the article states, “Learn how to do X, get paid more for it, and earn job-title Y. Up you went.” Back in the day, this was true. There was a linear relationship between the worker and the skill bracket for a job. However, a model based on X, Y no longer is compatible with the nearby future. My generation is currently in the midst of the transition period and will soon experience the new wave of requirements. The older generations may be able to get by using the old system but not me or my colleagues. Future may be bright for those who will recognize the new trends entering our society and manage to successfully adapt.

    Let us just look at the factory jobs since it was a significant topic in the recent elections. The blue-collar workforce no longer is what it used to be and a lot of people are left without an income because they did not adapt. Of course, we can argue that government shares a big chunk of the fault in failing to provide platform for the labor workers to change their professions but that is beside the point. Technology is the key contributing factor to unemployment among the blue- collar workers. A job that once requiring five employees is taken over by a machine, an engineer to control the machine, and a security guard to watch over the engineer. Therefore, President Trump’s promise to bring back the jobs is factually impossible. You would have to move back in time at least 20 years to do so. It is painful to see people struggling and hoping for President Trump to make a change but the modernity unfortunately has no mercy.

    In all honesty, I find myself guilty of failure to recognize what can possibly await me in the future. Thus, it is time to step up my game big time. As Prof. Shannon mentioned it before, the gig economy may be the new model for the business careers. The 9-5 work can prove to be obsolete soon enough. It is directly linked to the idea of X and Y. Employee goes to work on a salary-based job and sits in the cubical 40 hours a week. As a student in college, I can fairly say that I am not prepared for such system. In most classes, you study and you get an A so it is a linear relationship. Now I am beginning to realize how drastically my mindset has to change. Therefore, the emphasis in the article on prioritization of building a network the same way the generations ahead of me was told to develop their skills makes sense.

    This topic at first was terrifying and very pessimistic to think about. However, the more time I am dedicating to it the more optimistic I become. Future will be different but it does not mean that it will not be bright. The minds of our young generations have to be reformed in order to adopt to the new demands presented in front of us. Trends have to be recognized and studiously examined. Last but not the least important, the power of networking must not be omitted.

  21. John Phillips February 16, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    As a college student, developing relationships and building connections is the most important thing you can do. Doing so, exposes you to a multitude of opportunities you may never have thought were possible. Whether its finding a job, going down a new career path, or earning extra money in a gig economy, having network will assist you in doing all of the following. You can be the most killed person, but without giving yourself, an avenue to show case these skills it becomes worthless. Earning good grades is necessary for success, but if no one knows you earned such grades, what’s the point? My parents tell me all of the time, to go to as many events as possible, and talk to everyone I meet. I believe that first impressions make all the difference in how your future relationships will develop. Building a network, though, isn’t just simply saying hello to everyone you meet. There are many more facets to this art, and it will be interesting to examine.
    The first component of building network that is relevant o us college students, is reaching out to alumni. I believe this is the single most important thing you can do. The first reason being, they went through what we are going through, and understand the situation we are in. You can consult these experienced individuals in all aspects of the college life. They should be your friends; in consulting and talking with them, you should grow and develop the relationship. This will help you find internships; learn things you hadn’t known, and help you earn great referrals. Another important reason is these alumni are usually active in the school community and aren’t very difficult to locate. Building a network of alumni helps build a more family like atmosphere. They will become your most valuable resources when trying to find career success.
    The next big networking component is the through social networks. Particularly, LinkedIn and Facebook. Using these powerful digital platforms, you can find people within your perspective field, and reach out to them. You can build your brand and your resume on these platforms. In doing so, you can find endless opportunities and build important connections. An example would be if you are an accounting major; you can use LinkedIn to find local accountants, and reach out to them. You can ask them if they’d like to get coffee or something of the sort, doing this will help you meet people who already have experience in a particular field. These experiences will provide you with information that is more valuable than you could ever learn in school. This will teach you proper communication skills, and ultimately help you learn hoe to market yourself.
    The whole underlying ide of building a network is learning how to market yourself. In order to make connections and build a strong network, you have to learn how to sell yourself. If you can build and understand your value, through a wide range of skills, and solid communication, you will find success. This means taking initiative to focus on your education, but while doing so reach out to those who will be able to help you. This article really provided great insight on the importance of a solid network.

  22. Olivia Tarnawska February 17, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    In today’s world, finding a job in your field after graduating seems like a hit or miss. Recently graduated students usually have a hard time getting hired at places that preform the skills they learned in college. This is due to factors like increased competition. There is also more prestige that comes with having a degree nowadays more than ever. College students in addition most likely have little to no experience in their field, and are trying to find jobs where employers are looking for people with experience. They need a job for work experience, but they can’t get a job without work experience and the cycle viciously continues. Sometimes either these student have no interview skills or no preparation in a resume. However, the most important factor would be a lack of networking. People are able to find jobs easier through referrals, and a person’s reputation means everything. When a referral knows you are capable of upholding a position without trouble or hesitation, they are that much more likely to put in a good word for you.

    Ways in which people can expand their networking include making friends, getting in touch with career counselors, or recruiters. Having great connections is more vital than people realize. Networking is in fact not selling, but expanding your opportunities as well as spotting them. Additionally, networking builds relationships, and the stronger the relationship build, the better chance of something coming out of it. Networking also helps a person understand the business world better. They get an idea of the real world. Furthermore, it helps a person achieve more. Meaning that jobs don’t always guarantee a promotion or a better pay. So, having a network that enables a person to achieve more with recommendation, allows a person to move forward, without needing a promotion.

    This article, “Forget Coding—Here’s The Skill You Need Most When You Start Your Career”, really focuses on the idea of networking. Not only is this article reiterating how crucial networking is, but so is Professor Shannon’s class. I always knew that “it isn’t what you know, but who you know” held true, but did not know to what extent. Like Professor Shannon’s class as well as this article, I was able to realize that it is time that I expand my own network too. It would be more efficient for me to start taking steps towards this now, rather than when I graduate or possibly get a job because in the end, starting earlier will only allow for me to gain more positive opportunities. I am now more determined to execute and focus on building my network to help me in the future.

  23. Christian Cox February 17, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    Coding is an important skill depending on your role, but knowing programming or technical side of things helps you speak the same language as the people in your company who are the ones that actually do the programming. Is it absolutely necessary? Probably not the case for most jobs. Is it a good thing to know at least something about? Definitely. Networking is every employee’s most important skill. Who you know and how you know them is everything in business. Businesses are moving in the direction of fancy new technology and these skills need to be acquired as well. It is always harder for younger generations to start networking, but with the invention of the internet, networking has never been easier. As we have discussed in class, freelance jobs are becoming the norm. Many companies are scrapping the traditional model for project-based work. Networking will be the final word in who has work in the coming future. Anyone that is not well connected will find himself or herself out of work on a regular basis. Your skills can only get you so far in a gig economy. As a young employee it is vital to prioritize building your network. One must keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and authentic. Keep your goals in mind when participating in networking meetings. Visit and meet as many people as possible, especially those that spark interest. Holding volunteer positions in organizations can allow you to give back to groups that have helped you in the past. Networking is not solely using people for your personal gain. It is also about being a resource for other people. Networking is about finding out what someone can do for you and what you can do for him or her. Adaptability is the trait that sets humans apart from other animals. Our ability to adapt to different stimuli is a tool that humans have used for millennia. Adaptability can set you apart in a business. Showing your ability to master whatever task you encounter is a sign that you are successful and deserving of a promotion. One must continue to stay active and participate at all times. Networking never takes a day off and neither should you. You never know who can help you unless you meet everybody. It is a simple concept, meet people talk about your skills and try to help each other in the future. Networking is key to the success of a company. In fact, a single referral source can bring a chain reaction of new business to your company. That’s why it’s vital to make your time and efforts worthwhile in networking groups. Success in these groups will happen when the rest of the group members trust enough to open up their best referrals. That’s why it’s vital to avoid these behaviors and demonstrate professionalism. Skills like coding are important to learn in business, but the key to reaching the top of the ladder has always been the same, networking.

  24. Kathryn Allen June 15, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

    As a soon to be college graduate, I have experience in the job search and it is as difficult as they say in some cases. Networking is absolutely necessary and key to finding jobs for recent college graduates. It is much easier to find a job through networking with friends or alumni, but also may even give you an advantage over the competition. Being referred to an executive by someone in your network allows for the executive to learn about you from a different perspective. It’s sometimes difficult to talk about yourself so to have a network and someone refer you allows for them to do most of the talking. Of course LinkedIn is a great tool for networking, but the article discusses twitter as a tool as well, which I have never thought of. There are millions of people and companies on Twitter. The hashtags are also great tools because you can learn from them. Coding is a great skill to know and is very useful but it wont get you anywhere like networking can.

  25. Jeet Desai September 30, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    This Article has shown the reality in the modern workplace. Indeed we needed the skills and knowledge for the particular work that they have studied and applied that in work. But with that the other most important skills, we should have in our hands that is one’s networking skills at a job. To step a ladder we need to have a good communication/ networking skills. Our work will take us only in some further, But if someone dream to become a CEO or at a higher post, their regular work won’t come in handy. They need a different set of skills.
    The better and higher network we have the faster we climb up the ladder. On my personal point of view, I saw the results who have a better network they have more power than their superiors. I would like to quote from this article about a network that is “Great networks don’t happen by chance. They’re consciously crafted over time.”

  26. Rubi Leyva-Rodriguez October 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    As a business student, I acknowledge networks at a key part of one’s professional career. However, it wasn’t until I took a break from college and started to realize what networking really meant. When I started to work for a healthcare company and realized that learning from other teammates experiences can help me boost my own. I quickly started to make networking a skill set of my own. As a millennial with not much work experience at the time, I was eager to learn new skills and work my way up to a better position than the one I held.

    Networking personally helped me know how other teammates achieved management roles or other roles I would be interested at the time. After meeting teammates outside of work for a few times, I also was exposed to a whole other network of professionals in the same field. My network group in the healthcare profession was quickly growing and it was very helpful. Within that same year, I got promoted two times for “quickly learning” and being very knowledgeable in a specific section. The truth of the matter was that I had learned must of those skills from my teammates and other professionals I had networked with.

    The author of this article did an excellent job talking about the importance of this skill as a millennial or someone that does not have that much experience in the field. Having a great resume with clubs and other activities is a great start but with the amount of competition we must face today, it should be just the beginning. Millennials are now competing with not only their classmates but globally for the same job due to the internet. It is also a tricky thing when sharing knowledge to other peers in the same career field because they are also your competition. I am truly grateful for all the knowledge that past alumni, teammates, and other networks have passed down to me and now feel the need to also give back and share knowledge with other peers. At the end of the day, you will grow much farther as a professional if you are generous than if you were to keep all the knowledge to yourself because you are losing out on learning new things and perspective from other peers.

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