No matter the industry, networking is essential to a long, successful career. The most successful networkers know that the real work begins well before the event begins and ends long after you get home. Preparation and follow-up are just as important as the networking event itself! For all you students out there, remember that you do have something to offer professionals that you may meet. Perhaps you could connect the professional with your school's internship coordinator or with an event/resource that corresponds to the professionals interest. Think creatively and remember that you can always bring something to the "table".