Networking is important for job hunters, people changing or entering careers, entrepreneurs, and people in all areas of business. This four-course, 16-week program provides learners with English grammar and vocabulary to identify and expand their social networks. Learners will explore their current network, write emails, create an “elevator speech,” prepare for and attend a networking event, as well as conduct informational interviews to strengthen their job skills.
This program is appropriate for an audience who speaks English as an additional language at the intermediate level.
Courses under this program: Course 1: Preparing to Network in English
Learn the basics of networking while you grow your social network and professional connections. Practice speaking to improve your English language skills for increased success in job hunting.
Course 2: Using Email for Networking in English
Improve your writing skills. Write effective emails including great subject lines, greetings, and closings. You’ll be more confident as you communicate for business, send messages, expand your network, and search for jobs in English.
Course 3: Attending a Networking Event
Improve your ability to meet new people. Learn to give an “elevator pitch” (speech) to introduce yourself to new people and to highlight your key qualities. Make connections with people and use your skills to attend a networking event.
Course 4: Conducting an Informational Interview
This is the capstone networking course. Put all the skills that you have learned into practice. You’ll introduce yourself, write effective email, highlight your best qualities, and conduct an informational interview with a person of your choice.
Networking in the business world is key to career success. Research shows that many jobs are never officially advertised. Many companies rely on word-of-mouth advertising to hire employees, so connections with people are important!
It’s also clear that English is an important language in the global job hunt.
But what exactly is networking? And how do you do it in English? This course helps you understand the basics of networking and why it’s important. You’ll identify the key qualities that you personally want to focus on developing.
Most importantly, you’ll grow and expand your business network and professional connections. Gain confidence in your speaking while introducing yourself in English. You’ll also learn about business culture in North America and around the globe while you improve your English language skills for increased success in networking and job hunting.
In this course, you’ll focus on two key parts of networking.
In the first part, you will focus on an elevator pitch, a short speech to highlight the qualities that are important to finding a job or making a connection.
You’ll practice giving your speech and get feedback on your content, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
The second part of the course is about networking events. These are informal meetings to make connections with people in a certain area. You’ll practicemaking “small talk” andyou’ll get better at making conversation and endingconversations. You’ll also know how to dress for success and attend your own networking event.
We’re sure your network will grow after you take these steps.
In this final course of the English for Business Networking Professional Certificate program, you’ll put your knowledge into practice by preparing for and conducting an informational interview.
First off, you’ll clarify your goals and set up a practice informational interview. You’ll practice talking on the phone to make arrangements to meet. Then, you’ll set up a second informational interview. You’ll learn how to research a person and write questions to learn more about them or their career. You’ll also learn the parts of an interview.
Finally, you’ll learn the key steps for following up with a person after your interview. You’llsuccessfully complete a whole cycle of networking activities.
Effective writing is an important business skill, especially for networking, and most communication takes place using email.
In this course, you’ll learnimportant vocabulary and strategies for writing effective emails, starting with the subject line. You'll learn how to write messages for different audiences and understand when tobe formal or direct.You’llalso learn how your choice of words can change the way people view your message.You'll practice writing emails to follow up with people in your network.