Networking Matters

When was the last time you expanded your network? In the wake of the pandemic, networking has undergone quite the transformation, becoming more accessible and convenient through many online platforms. As humans, we are social beings and we thrive on relationships and connecting with others. You’ve probably heard of stories from friends and acquaintances of good networking experiences leading to new ideas, new opportunities etc. 

Networking is  a powerful tool that can open doors to new opportunities, both in your career and for personal growth. By networking, individuals can gain information, and benefit from advice and support. They can also build a strong network, creating a community they can always go to when they experience challenging times. Ultimately, networking is not just about exchanging information but about cultivating meaningful relationships.

It can be intimidating to start networking but it doesn’t have to be. What’s important is effective networking. This involves being genuine and authentic in your approach. It’s important to set clear goals for yourself before you network. For instance, are you looking for a mentor or an investor? Are you hoping your networking will bring you new job leads? Be clear on what you’re looking for. Being proactive is also helpful, looking out for industry events, conferences and webinars you can attend, both online and in-person. Be patient; building a strong network takes time.

 LinkedIn is one of the online platforms that has surged in popularity, as it’s the go-to place for professionals to share their projects, industry news, thoughts etc, and also a way to connect with like-minded professionals from all around the world. This article gives you a few useful tips on how to network on LinkedIn.

In conclusion, networking matters. By being authentic and setting yourself goals when it comes to networking, you can build a supportive network, enriching your professional life.

Read our blog about building a strong support system.