Using Stakeholder Maps to Identify, Build & Maintain Your Network

A crucial aspect of any summer experience is connecting with not only co-workers at your organization, but also with individuals outside of your organization who may be a part of your industry or share another connection to your personal and professional ambitions. The process of identifying, building, and maintaining these connections (what sociologists refer to as “weak ties”, as opposed to friends and mentors, which are termed “strong ties”) is commonly referred to as networking. Though often neglected, networking is crucial to your professional success. Networking can help you explore potential opportunities, better understand your industry or field, land a job, and serve as a source of support when you face challenges or setbacks.

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Originally written by Justin Lorts, July 8, 2023.