Ever since Julius Caesar became a Roman general on the back of his family link to the goddess Venus, contacts have been crucial. Today, this is as true as it ever was. Graduates who have grown up in a professional family with infl uential friends are far more likely to succeed, because they have what is called social capital. This means they are comfortable and confi dent around professional people; aspire to great things and expect them to happen. They can also call on favours from people in high places. Whether or not you were lucky enough to grow up in a privileged position, it is imperative that you feel comfortable around professionals in your chosen fi eld and are able to dream of a successful future and make it happen. This is where networking comes in. For most students, networking is an ugly word that conjures up images of cheap suits and greasy handshakes, but it actually just about getting to know likeminded people with whom you can build longstanding friendships.
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