Advice on networking!

Advice on networking!


Hi, I’m a foreign worker working at Vancouver, Canada waiting to get my Permanent Resident status (I will get it this summer I think).

While I’m fully committed to my current job (+30hrs, flexible, mostly working night shift) because I’m getting help with my document for my Permanent Resident Card from this employer,

I just want to make a network and if possible maybe part time junior/ internship position.

I have a IT diploma, but very limited experience (helped couple of months maintaining php web application).

I see there are meet ups, and this week, there is a tech career fair at UBC(University of British Columbia).

My question is, when I go such meet ups or career fair, what do I say to people?..I tried couple of times, since I’m not social at all, also English is not my first language, I have no idea what to say but end up just handing few resumes…also I’m not looking for full time position now…just want to network or get part time position.


you could try attending tech meetups through or just find some activities to do such as yoga, fitness, or other sports, you never know who you might meet.


I think you are right, I’m already signed in meet and joined a few meet ups, yet haven’t attended any meet up, I wish I was not shy and be social!! but very hard :joy:

I should try hard and relax try talk to people witch is also hard for me :joy:


I’m not the best socializer either, I have to push myself.

It’s easier the smaller the group, so you might try targeting the very small.

In terms of topic, I’d focus on technical questions: ask about what kind of technologies they use, pain points, cool libraries recently discovered, etc.

Things you’d enjoying talking about, in other words.


Thanks for your advice!