Making Meaningful Connections

EuniceWe can all agree that a big part of career success is networking. If you haven’t started, get started!

Where and how to meet/connect with people

  1. Leverage people you know, e.g., family friends, former colleagues, managers, fellow members of social and professional groups.
  2. Meet new people at events, e.g., networking events, club events.

Prepare your elevator pitch

Practice talking about the following:

Your name, area of study, school

What you are looking for, e.g., learning about the industry or specialty tracks, obtaining employment, knowing  about their company

What experience or skills you have

What interests you most

What will catch their attention

Ask people for networking meeting or referral 

“I am interested in learning more about the profession. Would you be willing to spend 20-30 minutes to give me some input on the industry, what the work is like, and career paths? Or say, “Do you know someone you could introduce me to who could give me some input?”

Prepare  questions to ask during the networking session

What are your skills and interests?

What are your career objectives?

What is your company like? What is the industry you work in like?

What was your career path?

What is the typical career path?

What type of work is done in an entry-level position?

What do you like most about being an actuary? What do you like the least?

What is the most important quality or attribute that contributed to your success?

What one piece of advice would you give to someone like me who wants to enter the industry?

Watch the time

Don’t go over time. You can say “There are 5 minutes left of our time, I can stay longer if you also have the time.”

Follow up session

Ask for referrals and for more information.

Send a thank you note or email within 24 hours and ask if they like to meet again.

Keep them informed about your status, especially if someone they connected you with helps you.

Be professional 

Wear business formal attire.

Proofread everything!

Use a professional tone of voice!