Seems like this question is forever relevant. We always grind our way through school, work, etc., but when it's time for growth, what puts you further ahead?
From a dental perspective....I'm nearing the end of 3rd and eventually will be looking for a job. Will my clinical skills and work ethic alone get me to where I wanna be, or is it more important to be connected? How powerful is networking while in dental school? Sure a future dentist can find a job anywhere, but will the perfect office I join/own be from my experience(s) or having the right connections at the right time?