The Importance of Networking as a Student

Posted on: 09th March, 2022

Networking is a key component of success in many industries. It benefits you as you connect with others who are leaders in your desired field, not just to get ahead but also for knowledge and skill-building opportunities. Networking matters because it helps students meet people in different industries that could lead to future opportunities.

As students, it might not be your top priority to network while you are busy making deadlines for your modules. In fact, many students never consider the importance of networking until it’s too late and they realise that they’ve missed out on potential opportunities such as internships or jobs.

The Benefits of Networking

Networking may seem like a daunting task at first, but it is actually one of the best ways to secure employment as a fresh graduate. It also allows you to build lasting relationships that could easily lead to more job opportunities in the future. It also provides valuable information about jobs that are available in other fields of work rather than just what is advertised online or through job listings posted on LinkedIn. Speaking to the right people can also provide you with some insight into what companies in your preferred industry are looking for, so you can improve your chances at an interview.

Start building up your network of professional acquaintances and potential employers today.

Networking Opportunities at PSB Academy

There are some simple steps you can take to start building your professional network as a student. This includes making friends with people from different backgrounds, joining clubs and organisations that interest you, and spending time on social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with like-minded individuals. Why not start in school?

Industry Immersion for Media and Communication Students

For students who would like to dip their toes in the media industry, our Diploma in Media and Communications offers a great deal of opportunities. Thanks to a student membership with the Student Chapter of Institute of Public Relations of Singapore (IPRS), media and communication students in PSB Academy will get the chance to attend IPRS hosted events and go for industry visits whenever there is one available.

Partnership with Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Singapore (CILTS)

As for students interested in gaining some real-world experience in the supply chain industry, they can gain professional insights with a 6-month optional industry attachment with leading supply chain providers in Singapore.

In fact, our Diploma in Global Supply Chain Management is co-developed with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Singapore (CILTS) to equip students with practical knowledge before they kick start their career. Students from PSB Academy will be able to complete a 3-month industry-based project or a 6-month paid attachment* as mentioned above. Supply chain partners include ABB, Ben Line Agencies (Singapore), Nippon Express (Singapore) and more.

Student Chapters

On top of the abovementioned diplomas, PSB Academy students can build their network by joining the Institute of Engineers of Singapore (IES)-PSB Academy Student Chapter. The Student Chapter aim was set up to advance the art, science and profession of engineering, and is the perfect platform for budding engineers in Singapore to network. Members of the Student Chapter will also have access to The Singapore Engineer, the flagship magazine of IES, along with opportunities to attend talks, workshops and industrial visits.

To facilitate networking, the IES-PSBA Student Chapter regularly hosts collaborations with the IES Student Chapter of other tertiary institutions such as the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and various Institutes of Technical Education. With this opportunity, students will be able to interact and create connections with future engineers and industry professionals in Singapore easily. Some events even allow students from different institutions to work on projects together.

Join Global Awareness and Networking Activities

Before making connections with industry professionals, students can practice networking by joining the Global Awareness and Networking (Gnet) activities planned by the student affairs team. By joining Gnet activities, students will be able to hone their networking skills with fellow schoolmates before they meet experienced professionals at networking events in future.

Start building your network and career at PSB Academy today.

*International students are subject to the approval of the relevant pass by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for the 6-month paid industrial attachment