Networking as an introvert

Introverts in the extroverted world of networking.

Introverts in the extroverted world of networking. Image from: http://nccuinternational.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/23-signs-youre-secretly-an-introvert/

Networking is a vital part of a college students’ career, but the truth is, it doesn’t come naturally for many people, especially if you are more of an introvert. Even as a professor at Clemson, extroversion can be a really helpful trait. We need to prepare to speak at conferences, meet potential employers at Intern-Employer Day, hosting events for the department, greeting potential students and their families as they tour Godfrey and consider whether Graphic Communciations is the right major for them at Clemson University.

Most people who’ve met me may not think I am an introvert at all, but I certainly relate with how this article starts. Even thinking about a room full of people I don’t know makes me pause. Over time I’ve learned to trick myself into enjoying the challenge and I think many students who feel nervous about IE Day and interviews, and conferences might can benefit from the same tricks. Continue…