How impactful is networking outside of actually learning about the firms and their practices? I can see how knowing about firms will let you answer why consulting and why X firm much better, but I am curious if there are serious benefits outside of that and direct referrals.
I am thinking about this from a target school perspective since for a non-target networking is clearly essential.
Is more senior level networking better than associate/1-2 year experience networking?
Thanks in advance.