Networking in an Online MBA Program


I spend a lot of time in front of a screen. As a remote worker and student of Kelley Direct, I must have become very comfortable with this! There have definitely been learning curves and a lot of introspection to really understand how I function and learn best, and now that I have a pretty good idea of ​​myself, I embrace the opportunities that this virtual world. One of my favorite and most valuable is the ability to network in so many different ways.

Being part of an online program has the dual benefits of allowing you to be in an environment that you are most comfortable in and the opportunity to be as engaged with your peers as you wish. I love people and awareness, but honestly, I’m a bit shy and working to overcome impostor syndrome (I don’t know if I should admit it on a public platform, hah!).

Fortunately, there are many ways to network in an online program, and here are a few that have worked for me at varying levels of engagement:

  • Embrace group homework! The Kelley Direct program does a wonderful job of incorporating group work, and it’s a great place to start. You can come together and focus on your mission, with an open door to learn more about your peers. Special thanks to my Core 1 group – Team Sunrisers (Akansha, Amin, Chaitanya, John and Nathan) who have been on this journey with me since day one!
  • Join the student associations! You have the option of attending as many events as you can or taking on additional leadership responsibilities in the nine KD student associations. I participated in a peer mentorship program and currently serve on the board of our Analytics Association, where I have connected with my peers with totally different and very similar interests and career goals.
  • Be proactive! This can range from a request to connect on LinkedIn to setting up a 30 minute call to chat further. As a more introverted person, I am more comfortable in these one-on-one interactions and appreciate how meaningful they can be. I love these networking calls and have learned so much from my fellow Hoosiers!

Without some of that in-person pressure and with fantastic peers inspiring high engagement, I was able to build great relationships and friends while building my confidence along the way. I will soon be heading to Chicago for our Kelley on Location Immersion, and I look forward to applying this growth with my peers there as well!

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