Developing a Precareer Network: An Exercise in Identifying, Using, and Making Investments in Social Capital
Research on the use of experiential exercises to encourage exploration of professional networks shows that such exercises are effective and provide value for students seeking to enter or navigate careers. Often students in the early phase of their undergraduate experience are unaware of the process involved in building a professional network or the type of resources that can be exchanged to sustain their social capital within their career network. We share an exercise that introduces students to the concept of social capital, including both instrumental and expressive uses, that can be used to support an emerging professional network. Students learn to recognize how social capital can be used to expand network relationships and support their future career aspirations.
Reardon, Karen and Walsh, Anne M., "Developing a Precareer Network: An Exercise in Identifying, Using, and Making Investments in Social Capital" (2017). Management and Leadership Faculty work. 83.