If you’re interested in a career change and are considering earning
your graduate degree in computer science, choosing the right
graduate program is only part of the equation to your success. Grad school is certainly
about academics, but it’s also about networking. If you master networking,
you’ll graduate with all the connections you need to quickly land
your dream job.
Be More Productive at Seminars
Many grad students attend countless seminars, yet are surprised that their
attendance leads to few valuable connections, if any. The trick to networking
in graduate school is not necessarily to attend as many seminars as you
possibly can; rather, it’s to attend them the right way. In other
words, work smarter, not harder. Show up to a seminar early and spend
the time speaking with other attendees. Stay for the question and answer
session, and ask an insightful question or two. Once the speaker has finished,
don’t rush toward the door right away. Linger to chat with other
attendees and the speaker. However, avoid taking up too much of the speaker’s
time; tell him or her how much you enjoyed the seminar, ask for a business
card, and then let other attendees have their turn.
Order Business Cards
If you don’t yet have your own business cards, it’s time to
order a stack. There’s no need for fancy business cards. Simply
add your name and contact information, along with a line stating that
you are a master’s program candidate.
Build Your Online Brand
When you make a new connection, chances are he or she will do their due
diligence and search for your online profiles. Get ahead of the game by
searching for yourself online first. If any embarrassing social profiles
pop up online, you should change your privacy settings promptly. Then,
craft a better profile on a professional networking website.
At the Seattle University College of Science and Engineering, students
in our graduate program participate in our capstone project sequence.
These include projects sponsored by local companies, which gives our students
valuable opportunities to showcase their skills in front of area employers.
Start building your new career in software engineering today by calling (888) 457-5227 and asking us
about our academics.