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Of course, over all this hangs the age-old adage that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Though it would seem that young students shouldn’t be too worried of this – Dessau is quick to acknowledge that younger generations are excellent at building social networks – the fact is they haven’t always seen fit to leverage their formidable social skills in the interest of building professional networks. While he’s quick to emphasize the value of separating your social and business networks – “leave Facebook for friends and Linkedin for professional acquaintances” – Dessau knows even that is not enough. “You don’t expand your network from your dorm room, your couch: you have to get out and meet people in clubs, societies and people in public. Go to conferences, get an internship or a placement,” he says. “Even if you don’t have a business yet, bring a business card with your name, your phone number and your email address on it.” You want to build as broad a network as early as possible, making it as inclusive as you can, because the fact is you never know who will be able to help you. Of course, some relationships are more important than others; of particular interest are the bonds you form with your mentors. Dessau

is quick to stress that he doesn’t know anybody who’s succeeded in business who hasn’t also had a number of mentors. Though you might find these among your professors, again, don’t limit yourself to your immediate academic surroundings: expand your network through internships, modules and volunteer work. Of course, establishing the relationships isn’t enough; you’ve got to put the work in to keep those channels open and healthy. “You don’t have to call or write once a week – that’s too much – but an hour long call once every quarter, every few months, even a fifteen minute lunch here and there go a long way towards establishing a lasting relationship,” he says. Finally, keep in mind that building all of this – the skill set, the network, the job history – takes a tremendous amount of time and effort. “Business is a marathon, not a sprint,” reminds Dessau. Pace yourself, making sure not to lose sight of your objectives to frustration, failures or even the daily disappointments. Life’s the longest thing you’ll ever do; if you stumble here and there you’ve still got plenty of time to right yourself.

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