A Guide to Your First Year at UW Bothell

Week 8 - Networking




  • May 25 – Memorial Day – NO CLASSES
  • June 5 – Last day to withdraw (dropping all classes)


Believe it or not, networking is the best way to land opportunities.

Who you know, and who knows you, is called your social capital. The more social capital you have, the more opportunities become available to you.

69% of all annual hires are made possible through networking.

Employers are likely to reach out into their network first when a new position opens up.

Your networking circle includes:

  • Friends and family
  • Colleagues
  • Professors
  • Professionals in their fields
  • Staff at UW Bothell

The easiest way to start networking at UW Bothell

Begin by attending events hosted at our campus. Attend these events as a first year student or sophomore so you have a better idea of what to expect when you are really looking for that internship or job. Often times you will meet people you didn’t expect to meet, or possibly discover new interests. It’s also a great way to make new friends!

Putting yourself out there can be scary.

Conquer that fear by going to your first few events with friends. If you’d prefer to go alone, just remember that everyone on campus is here to help you succeed. Start conversations with a smile and you’ll be well on your way to making some great connections. Practice, practice, practice!

Go to your professor’s office hours.

Even if you don’t have questions about the course content, ask if you can meet with your professor to discuss their own journey. Many professors love giving their students advice. Share your interests with them and they might have some great information to pass your way!

If you are looking for job connections,

The career center is a great place to start. They can connect you with some great resources on campus. They also provide services such as mock interviews and resume review.

If you have questions, feel free to stop in at our Quick Questions Drop-In Advising. We’re available Monday - Thursday from 10:00am - 4:00pm in the Student Success Center (UW1-160).

You can also reach us through email or by phone:

(425) 352-3427