Career Preparation // Professionalism
Speed Dating Networking Activity

This activity provides students with an an understanding of the concept of networking and allows them to practice networking in small groups.

Suggested Grade Level

Grade

11

Approximate Time Needed

Minutes

15-25

Resources

Instructions

People Network in order to build and make connections so that they will have future opportunities, or can help each other.  In this group activity each person will be asking the other person a list of questions.

Throughout this activity, you may find a MATCH in either their skills or interests that would make you want to exchange information and connect later. If you feel you’ve made a MATCH in either skill or interest, exchange index cards.

After the activity, reflect on the following questions:

  • What did you like about this activity?
  • Did any of you find any connections? Did any of you exchange cards?
  • What was easy about this activity? What was hard?
  • Why is it important to share information about yourself?
  • How is asking interesting questions connected to Networking?
  • Why is it important to know what skills you have and be able to talk about them?
Teacher Notes

Need index cards (3 per person) with information on it (Like Business Cards)

  1. Divide the group in half. Assign an A group and a B group. Distribute 3 Index Cards.  Have each student write their names on each card.
  2. Have the A group sit in the inner circle, and the B group sit in the outer circle.  Make sure they are in pairs with a student directly across from them.
  3. Explain that in this activity to help them think about the concept of Networking. Explain that people Network in order to build and make connections so that they will have future opportunities, or can help each other. Share that you never know when a personal connection might come in handy for employment later.
  4. Explain that in this activity each person will be asking the other person a list of questions.  Each round begins when you ring the bell.
  5. In each round Person A and Person B in will have two minutes to ask their partner a list of questions.
  6. Explain that the idea, is that they can find a MATCH in either their skills or interests that would make them want to exchange information and connect later. If they feel they made a MATCH in either skill or interest, have them exchange index cards.
  7. Let them know that when you give the signal by ringing the bell, they should begin interviewing , and when you ring it again, they should stop. The B group should then rotate partners
  8. After a few rounds ask people to share out about their experience. Use the Debrief Questions.

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