Networking is a word that can strike fear in the hearts of many; others are energized by the thought of meeting new people. At the end of the day, that’s all that networking is: building a network of new people. The hope, of course, is that the individuals in your network will – at some point – be able to help you: with a job opportunity, by introducing you to another helpful connection, with a service they provide, or by hiring you to represent them. As the old adage goes, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” Why, then, are so many people intimidated by the idea of networking?
For those of you preparing to apply to health professional school this summer, the time has come to draft your application essay, the document typically referred to as the “personal statement.” The rest of you are not off the hook, however—those of you who aren't applicants just yet should still write down reflections about your health-related experiences, since keeping a loose “journal” of your volunteering, shadowing (even your extracurricular activities and your research) will help you in several ways along the pre-health path, most practically by building a reserve of material to draw from when application time arrives.
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
We have all been there…