MINOT, N.D. - Social networking is pivotal for young people looking to make connections for their careers.
A nationally-recognized author shared ways that she's used social media to get ahead in her career with students at Minot State.
Molly Beck says she knows a thing or two about networking in the 21st Century.
"Every morning at 9:15 for the last eight years, I've sent an email to someone that I know loosely.. so a friend of a friend, someone I admire their work and I just thank them for their contributions, tell them a little bit about myself and try to strike up a conversation," said Beck.
The 31-year-old Beck, author of "Reach Out," spoke with a high-level group of students on the world of social media and the importance of networking.
"What we decided to choose in terms of students was some upper-level entrepreneurship students and marketing majors," said Business Department Chair Deanna Klein.
Beck says she knows social media is typically used to communicate with family and friends, but she offers insight on how students can use their accounts to get ahead in life.
"As a student, we're all active on all the accounts, but we don't exactly know what to post and how to post it and when to post it and what to post on different sites." said MSU junior Aaron Richard.
Beck discussed with the students how they could market themselves on the Internet as well as how to run a successful business.
"At the end of the day everyone wants to help a student and being able to talk to someone who's just getting ready to take off on their career is a really exciting time to talk to someone," said Beck.
Networking in the classroom to better prepare for the real world.
Beck will be presenting once more tomorrow afternoon at the Aleshire
Theatre from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
It's free and open to the public.