You're Overthinking It
I’ve talked to many people about the whole process of networking. And I found it daunting at first. When you are in school, all your teachers are telling you. “It is all about who you know.” That can be terrifying to think about, especially when you may be shy or may face anxieties within social situations.
It isn’t as complicated as you think. There is not a script you tell people when you try to “network” with them. There also isn’t a target person to network with. You are constantly networking whether it is your friends, roommates, instructors, or customers. The process of networking is simply being remembered by an individual as someone who would be good to work with.
Often, all it takes is to be kind and respectful to others. If you are rude to someone, do you think they would ever bring up your name for a job? If you are kind, great to work with, and they find a job that would be good for you, they would be more likely to recommend you for that job.
Although networking and etiquette is not a concept that many understand, I have provided some tips and guidelines to help you make connections and hopefully succeed within the field.