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A Young Scholar’s Guide to Building a Professional Network April D. Schantz Florida International University Building a professional network is an essential part of transitioning from graduate student to employed pro- fessional. Whether your career goal is in an applied, academic, or research firm setting, the effectiveness of your professional network has been shown to strongly affect professional success. As one type of social net- work, a professional network is effective when it suc- ceeds in these five functions: (a) socialization of the novice to the norms and ideals of the profession; (b) development of professional friendships; (c) helping establish professional reputation and visibility; (d) pro- viding a network of communication for professional contacts and job opportunities; and (e) providing infor- mation about current developments that have not yet been published (Rose, 1985). The challenge of estab- lishing a viable, effective network can be even more difficult for young female scholars (Parker & Welch, 2013; Rose, 1985). What a network is, what it is not, and tips for develop- ing safe network building practices are the aims of this short article. To assist, a panel of successful women professionals have provided their insights and recom- mendations. Meet the Panel Our panel is represented by several professional women at Florida International University (FIU) in vari- ous positions and tenure levels. Asia Eaton, currently an assistant professor in Psy- chology and Women’s and Gender Studies, exam- The Industrial Organizational Psychologist 157