All Careers Considered: How to Network as a College Student with Toni Neely

When you pose for a picture, do you ever feel like you suddenly have no idea what to do with your arms, your face, or your entire body? Navigating in-person networking for the first time can feel a lot like that awkward moment. 

Networking Ninja Toni Neely, Director of Member Relations for the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and a 1990 alumna from Indiana University Bloomington, empathizes with college students as you put yourself out there as young professionals and interact with other professionals for the first time. In her conversation with career coach Maria Cambone, Toni shares ideas for how you can take baby steps to get yourself started networking with professionals in person, and how networking can open amazing doors in your career journey. 


All Careers Considered can be found wherever you get your podcasts, like Spotify and Apple Podcasts. You can also download this episode’s transcript.

Connect with Toni Neely

IU College of Arts + Sciences students and alumni should use the Walter Center Success Network. Everyone else can find Toni on LinkedIn.

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