Is networking overrated?
I'm graduating in a few weeks from college. I've done two internships, one at GS and one in corporate finance. I've been able to network effectively, but it almost seems pointless. I was able to secure a job at a well known IM firm, but it did not come from networking. Even though I received great feedback from my managers and was well-liked, I just didn't have the experience they needed to offer me a meaningful job. They basically told me, get some more experience, go back to school, and chances are we'll have something for you in the future. My question is, for a college student with no meaningful experience, is networking overrated? I can definitely see it being valuable for someone with experience and a real skill set, but aside from a great attitude and willingness to learn, what does anyone fresh out of college have to add to any team? Maybe I just networked with people too far up the ladder, but I would say the ability to interview is much more important for college students than the ability to network.