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Asked by Maggie on October 19, 2017

I have built a strong professional network in my college town. However, for my career, I want to move abroad after graduation. What are some suggestions for building a network outside of my geographical region?

Answered by Phil, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on October 19, 2017

One of my biggest pieces of advice is to get involved with any professional organizations or societies that are related to your major or field of study. Many of those organizations are international, and can offer virtual networking sessions or opportunities for committee involvement or leadership. At the very least, these organizations can allow you to see how others within your field operate outside of your home country. This could be a great place to start, and a great entry point for building some lasting networking relationships with international colleagues. Best of luck to you! -Phil

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on November 2, 2017

Studying or living abroad is something many people would love to pursue, and you’re smart to start growing your network now to make that goal a reality. For starters, tap your local network and do a quick search for local groups that match your interests. You’re bound to find at least a few leads to start. With modern technology allowing you to connect with anyone around the globe in real-time, you have people everywhere at your fingertips through email, social media, and more. All you need is an introduction from a friend or a reason to reach out and start connecting.

After that, it’s time to turn to your good friend the internet. Looking for business contacts in Prague? Find a LinkedIn group for expats or professionals in that region and start engaging. Contribute to discussions, create rapport, and build your network just as you would back home. Search, rinse and repeat to continue networking on every platform from Facebook to Reddit. There are literally millions of people around the globe ready to connect with you if you take a moment to insert yourself in the right conversations.

All the best wherever your career takes you!

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