The ultimate guide for international students to successfully network with industry professionals

Updated: Aug 9

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Networking is an essential skill for students to gain industry connections and referrals for jobs. While many university students, even newcomers who have just entered the workplace know its importance, many face difficulties in initiating the conversation during professional networking events.

As a student, starting a conversation with professionals is sometimes hard. Most industry professionals do not have the patience to chat with you about the weather today or know how your day is going if you are not 'useful' to them. This can be very intimidating for a newbie in networking. As a result, you struggle to establish connections with the professionals or shun away from all industry networking events. You are not alone.

When you meet a professional for the first time, how do you successfully start a conversation with a stranger? Well, there is no shortcut. You need to take the first step. Here are step-by-step instructions for you to gradually expand your network in an efficient way.

Step 1: Be bold to engage with the professionals

Expanding network with another person starts by saying “hi”. Think about the following two opening statements:

“Hi, I’m Adrian. I’m a marketing student from Macquarie University.”

“Hi, I’m Adrian, I’m passionate about the marketing world. I’m always curious about how companies implement their marketing strategies to attract customers. So I’m currently studying marketing at Macquarie University. I hope one day, I can apply my marketing knowledge to a company.”

Which statement sounds attractive and motivates you to continue chatting with Adrian? You probably will pick the second one. That’s right! Adrian’s second opening states his passion and value proposition, and gives you more information to throw the ball back - expand the conversation.

Confidence is the key. You need to prepare a captivating opening statement and be confident to speak to professionals. But it is easier said than done. With hundreds of opening scripts in your head, how do you present yourself confidently? Perhaps as an international student, you find it hard to communicate effectively in English. Now, you need a place to practice your conversation.