How to Network

Building your network is about establishing connections with people, typically in a field or an organisation you want to be a part of. These connections could be UC alumni and graduates, industry leaders, professors, friends and whānau. Building your network early sets you ahead for future opportunities. Here are five simple steps to networking at uni:

Networking Strategies

Career Fairs 2023

Wondering what you’ll do when you finish your degree? Head to career fairs and events to gather information, ask questions, network, and build conversations with company representatives to be better informed about employers and opportunities.

  • Business and Arts Careers Fair | Tuesday 14 March 2023 | 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm | Engineering Core
  • Law Recruitment Evening | Tuesday 14 March 2023 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Engineering Core
  • STEM Careers Fair | Wednesday 3 May 2023 | 10:30 am – 3:00 pm |Engineering Core
  • Volunteering Expo | Wednesday 2 August 2023 | 11:30 am – 2:30 pm | Undercroft

Check out our tips on How to make the most of Careers Fairs & Events (PDF 373KB)

Employers on Campus

The UC Careers team host over 200+ employers on campus for recruitment presentations, info evenings, coffee chats, competitions and more (in-person and online). Join events for the opportunity to grow your network, meet new contacts and learn strategies to get the job you want right on campus. Keep an eye out on Career Hub to register for our events.

Networking in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Want to build stronger connections in the region? Ōtautahi Christchurchas a vast array of business meetups to help students and professionals get connected. Check out the latest events around the city:

Christchurch NZ Groups and Networks

Informational interviews are a great way to paint a picture of an occupation, company and the industry. They are also an excellent opportunity to expand your network and practise your interview technique.

Unlike a job interview, it's up to you to ask the questions at an informational interview, so be prepared. This is your opportunity to speak candidly with a professional and gain an insight into their work life. It allows you to get a sense of what a general workday looks like and the typical responsibilities they have in their role. You can also learn more about the company they work for, how it operates, what challenges it faces and what the workplace culture is like. Ultimately, the interview can help you to establish whether the profession or company is a good fit for you and, if so, how you might get to a similar position.

Whether emailing or calling, keep your request short and to the point, explaining what you're looking for and how you think they can help. If they're not interested, don't pursue it. If they're ok to help you, ask whether a phone, video call or email conversation is best and arrange a suitable time.

LinkedIn is a fast-growing professional network. Your LinkedIn profile can evolve as you learn new skills, achieve new accomplishments and enter new phases of your career. You can also use LinkedIn to identify opportunities by networking.

Follow these easy steps and tutorials to help you share your professional story through LinkedIn:

Set up your LinkedIn profile

Networking on LinkedIn

Top tips for LinkedIn networking: Add people you know and the industry leaders that inspire you. It's also worth getting in touch with UC alumni who work in the companies you're interested in to conduct an information interview and learn more about the employer or their career experience. Connect and follow company profiles on LinkedIn to update you with the latest employer insights.

LinkedIn for Job Seekers

Boost your LinkedIn Profile

Book a one-on-one LinkedIn appointment 

There's power in your personal networks. Ask your friends, whānau, lecturers, neighbours and former colleagues for introductions and referrals. If you are going to ask your personal networks for a favour, be specific about what you are looking for to enable them to help you more efficiently. The more you help them to understand what it is you need, the more likely it is that you will receive their help.

As well as leveraging off your networks to assist with your job search, you should equally be prepared to return the favour! 

Tutorial: How to ask my network for help

Careers fairs participants

Business and Arts:

  • Audit New Zealand
  • Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Auckland Limited
  • BDO Christchurch
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • CPA Australia
  • Defence Careers
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst and Young Group Limited
  • Findex
  • Fluid Recruitment
  • Foodstuffs South Island
  • Fulton Hogan
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • Mainfreight
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
  • Nexia Christchurch Limited
  • PwC New Zealand
  • Ryman Healthcare
  • Streamliners NZ Ltd
  • The Treasury
  • Volunteering Canterbury

Law Recruitment Evening:

  • Anderson Lloyd
  • Buddle Findlay
  • Chapman Tripp
  • Defence Recruiting
  • Deloitte
  • DLA Piper
  • Ernst and Young Group Limited
  • Government Legal Network
  • IPLS (Institute of Professional Legal Studies)
  • Lane Neave
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • PwC New Zealand
  • Ryman Healthcare
  • Volunteering Canterbury

STEM Careers Fairs

  • Allied Telesis Labs
  • Beca Ltd
  • Boffa Miskell Limited
  • Citadel Securities
  • Contact Energy
  • Cortek Ltd
  • Crossfire
  • Cuttriss Consultants Limited
  • CWF Hamilton & Co Ltd (HamiltonJet)
  • Datacom
  • Davis Ogilvie & Partners Ltd
  • Energy Skills Aotearoa
  • Engenium Consulting Engineers
  • ENI Engineering Ltd - Christchurch
  • EQ Struc Ltd
  • Ernst and Young Group Limited
  • FAST NZ (Fast Enterprises, LLC)
  • FIS
  • Fleetpin
  • Fletcher Construction
  • Fulton Hogan
  • Hilti New Zealand
  • IMC Trading
  • Inovo Projects
  • Kotahi Studio
  • MainPower New Zealand Limited
  • MEL 2020 Ltd
  • Nemesys Limited
  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • OceanaGold
  • Oji Fibre Solutions
  • Optiver
  • Paihauā ”Robinson Research Institute
  • Pattle Delamore Partners
  • Powerco
  • Richards Consulting Engineers Limited
  • Riley Consultants Ltd
  • Robert Bird Group
  • Stantec New Zealand
  • Structex
  • Summer of Tech
  • Switch Lighting
  • Tonkin + Taylor
  • Trimble
  • Waka Kotahi - NZ Transport Agency
  • Woods
  • Wyma Engineering NZ Ltd



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