This activity is meant to introduce the idea of networking to students and how it can influence their future opportunities. Students are building their network every day, with the people they interact with and the relationships they maintain. Building relationships and networking is beneficial for students in many ways that they might not even be aware of and it’s never too soon to start.
To introduce this idea to students, ask them if they have ever heard of the concept of “Six Degrees of Separation.” To clarify this concept for your students, show The Science of the Six Degrees of Separation video.
After the video, ask students:
What are your thoughts about this theory?
Follow up by asking them if they have ever experienced a situation where they unexpectedly met someone new that somehow linked back to their network. Have the class share stories and provide an example of your own if you have one.
Highlight some of the key takeaways from the video:
- The more people you seek out and network with, the more doors open (ripple effect / button and thread example).
- Acquaintances turn out to be more important in job searches and opportunities than your friends.