The Office of Career Advancement helps prepare and position students to network effectively.

Prepare for Career Success

Broaden Your Networking Base

Networking is an essential skill for anyone seeking career success, and some of your best networking opportunities for networking can be at the Harvard Kennedy School. To take full advantage of those opportunities, it pays to be prepared.

  • Before you arrive, take time to identify your interests and the intersections between those interests and the professors whose classes will be available to you.
  • Seek out ideas and articles that relate to your professional area of interest. This will prepare you to participate in groups and may provide ways to start conversations.
  • Develop a system for keeping track of your networking contacts. This can be as simple as your regular email address book or as complex as a complete database. What matters is that you have a place to keep track of details such as the names of significant others, and personal preferences, any of which may be conversation starters when you are in a networking situation.
  • Be generous in sharing information  and contacts with your colleagues. Networks develop as much around what you are willing to do for others as what others are willing to do for you.


OCA Spotlight: Alumnus Farron Levy MPP 1996

"I find that being open and attentive to cultivating the HKS network has more than a few times lead to professional connections that have taken me in meaningful and exciting directions I wouldn’t have anticipated."