I met a very helpful recruiter today who gave some valuable insight into my target industry, having been in it herself for over a decade. She gave me a specific role to apply for, and I agreed that that role would be a nice fit for me.
However, in addition to the mentoring for the role that she was trying to fill, she also advised me - insisted, actually - that I reach out to a former manager of mine. This former manager is pretty high up in the corporate hierarchy of the company that he works for, and she insisted that I meet him, in person, and ask about the state of the industry, where I would best fit now (after graduate school), and where are currently some good spots to land. All very good advice ... but ... isn't this recruiter risking losing me to my former manager's contacts hiring me directly and thus losing her opportunity to earn a commission? Why might she insist on my having this meeting to reconnect with my old boss to ask for industry updates and job openings? Is this, in some ways, advantageous to a recruiter?