Student Stories: The Importance of Networking

A post from Kiara Jackson, 3rd year Music Entrepreneurship student

kiaraIf you want to be successful, networking is the name of the game. The more connections you have, the more opportunities will begin to come your way. This is something that I have learned while being a student at DIME. Since day one of classes, DIME has always preached the importance of networking.

DIME presents plenty of networking opportunities for students, and I knew the importance of taking advantage of these opportunities. If there was a masterclass that I felt could benefit my career, I was there. Not only was I present, but I made sure to introduce myself to the speaker when the masterclass was over. Once I exchanged information with whomever, I would send a follow-up email expressing how it was a pleasure to meet that particular person. I had no idea that gestures like those could take me so far.

I have been very fortunate to have had a job working with Universal Music Group where I network with new people every single day. I am constantly learning new ways to engage with others. My professional career is beginning to flourish because of the basic networking skills that I have acquired at DIME. I have also discovered that joining professional clubs around the city has also helped build my network. Networking with others outside of my profession has indeed helped me tremendously in the music industry. Networking is a skill that must continuously be practiced. At the end of the day, it’s not quite who you know.. it’s all about who knows you.