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# Part Time Vs Full Time Networking Opportunities

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19 Jan 2009, 13:44
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I wanted to post this because I think it does a great job of illustrating the differences between part time networking and full time networking. This validates what I've often heard - that full time networking is stronger than part time - and I doubt that comes as a surprise to to many, but nonetheless, its the first somewhat quantitative representation of the fact I ever saw... I found it interesting. Maybe you will too.

What you see below: a graph of part time and full time students in a particular course at the beginning of the 10 week course and the end. Each red dot is a person and each line means that the person knew someone else in the class. People with no lines means they didn't know anyone. What I find especially striking is not so much the end results - but the beginning results. Part timers, on average, knew less than 1 person whereas the average fulltimer knew just over 12.
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19 Jan 2009, 14:23
u should also post average debt part time versus full time
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19 Jan 2009, 14:34
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u should also post average debt part time versus full time

LOL. I'm not saying part time doesnt have its benefits. It does - and less debt is probably primary among them. The reason I posted the above is simply that I often hear people talk about (or ask about) the differences between the two programs. This is one of the only tangible measures I've ever seen thats some kind of proxy for 'networking' strength among programs.
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19 Jan 2009, 15:07
where did you get this data
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19 Jan 2009, 15:38
When I first saw that picture, it reminded me of something I had seen before. Then I found the picture...Charlotte says your find is Terrific!
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19 Jan 2009, 15:53
dabots wrote:
where did you get this data

A class I took last year.
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19 Jan 2009, 16:21
Good stuff/evidence there. Interesting study.

we also need to probably take into account the different types of people you get to know.
Person to person on average... a student from part time will have more experience/connections.
So even knowing 1 person might benefit you more compare to networking with the career switchers in the full time.
This is just my assumption anyway..so I'm not sure if it's like that in reality.
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19 Jan 2009, 17:57
I think it probably depends on the program as to the size of the network of students. In a program that trends younger, students may have fewer connections. For programs where the average years of work experience is on the order of five, full time and part time students probably have equal numbers of connections.

I think the question is why there are less connections for part-time students? Is there something about the program that causes it or is it simply that the students are part-time and care less about the networking aspect? I would assume it's the latter, though I'm sure a small part of it is that the interaction time is less.
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19 Jan 2009, 20:07
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I think the question is why there are less connections for part-time students?

Remember, it's few connection between classmates, not fewer connections in general.

It's probably a combination of:

- less social interaction between part-time students (fewer chances to meet your classmates)
- the fact that not all part-time students are on the same "track", some students finish their part-time MBA in 3 years others 5 years. Therefore, there is a greater chance that your class has fewer people you know
- you take fewer classes per year so you'll meet fewer people in the program

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19 Jan 2009, 20:26
My guess is part timers are not as involved as full time students in clubs and social events so their initial connections are less.
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