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5 Nuggets of Networking Advice from Past Students

Posted by HBX on March 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM


Five HBX CORe students share their advice for leveraging the diverse and supportive CORe community to help you get more out of your online learning experience.

1. Get out of your comfort zone

Reach out to as many people from as many different backgrounds as possible. Often times, “birds of a feather flock together,” holds true, but that would strip HBX of one of its primary features, the diversity of your fellow cohort members. I shamelessly ‘added’ everyone in my cohort on social media, and don’t regret it, at all. I have been challenged, supported, and enriched by all of them, and I know this will only continue as I maintain and grow these personal relationships.

2. Utilize Peer Help

I learned so much from asking and answering peer help questions and engaging in debates with other students both on and off the platform. The students in CORe supported me as I learned new concepts and challenged me to question my assumptions about issues like drug pricing and minimum wage. I am truly grateful for their insight and support.

3. Don’t sell yourself short

You know more than you imagine. Your insight is very valuable to your peers and with this course, you are able to prove that to yourself and build on new knowledge or refine what you already know. This is the platform where real experiential learning begins.

4. Leverage Facebook and other social channels

The closed Facebook group really maximized my experience. Since you will be in a worldwide cohort, there will always be someone online to chat with or ask a question.

5. Meet up in person


Meet up with other members of your cohort, if possible. One of the coolest things about this program is participating and networking with people from all over the globe. But the tricky part is that you typically only know each other virtually. So if there's a meet up in your area, definitely check it out (or plan one yourself!). I have now met several people from my cohort. It's nice to talk to people that are going through the same unique experience as you.

Want to learn the fundamentals of business while engaging with a community of learners from across the globe? Check out HBX CORe, an interactive online program from Harvard Business School! 

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