Networking 101: A Beginner’s Guide + Templates

Essential Templates and Tips for Success

Shivani Gandhi
Science For Life


I’m sure you’ve hard it over and over again. “Networking is important.” “Make sure you network at the career fair.” “Join this club for its network”. Network this network that… it doesn’t even sound like a real word anymore.

So what does this all mean? And is it really as important as everyone makes it seem?

Short answer: Yes.

The long answer is that most people don’t know how to network properly which makes everything seem forced and fake and just icky, which therefore leads to the hate and misunderstanding about what all of this is.

In this article, I’ll take you through what networking is and why it’s important, how to overcome challenges with networking, and share templates you can use next time you want to reach out to someone.

What is Networking?

Imagine you’re a spider spinning your web, stay with me here. Each strand you weave represents a connection you make with another person. Just like a spider’s web helps it catch prey, networking helps you catch opportunities and support.

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I’m sure you already know the importance of having friends, but networking takes it a step further. It’s about actively