Having an effective network can greatly increase your chances of securing a job after graduation and beyond. As well as helping you access 'the hidden job market' of roles that are never formally advertised, networking is important for making contacts, getting noticed in your sector of interest and increasing your knowledge of key organisations/individuals in the sector.
LinkedIn is a great tool to be able to build your network in a far-reaching and impactful way. With users worldwide and millions of company pages, you can use the site to research individual people and organisations of interest. Having a strong, up-to-date profile and a considered approach to engagement can help to get you noticed by relevant players in your industry and open up the opportunities to start discussions, ask questions and develop and nurture mutually beneficial relationships with others.