Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Networking: What it Really is and Why it Matters

Networking is an intimidating beast - what is it exactly and why do we do it? Most importantly, what does networking really mean? This blog post will hopefully answer some of these questions, as networking means something different for each individual.

Networking in its most basic definition is making professional connections. These connections can be made by meeting new people and developing professional relationships with those you already know. You can network through your education, via your classmates, professors, teaching assistants, and other faculty. You can also network through employers, via your employees, your supervisors, and through liaison with other organizations.

There are also events designed specifically to network, where professionals from a field or industry all gather to make connections.

Networking is much more than just making professional connections, however. Aside from the professional aspect of networking, it is making a friend or acquaintance in your personal network. It is promoting your brand (who you are as a person), rather than making connections. Networking ensures that you are, as a person, a part of the whole. I like to follow a quote, that puts it in perspective as to why we network:

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." ~ John Donne (1572-1631)

Its benefits are numerous and impossible to list off without having the world's longest blog post, but here are a few important benefits to networking:
- becoming more known in your industry
- future work prospects
- friendships with a professional bridge
- free advertising for your company, product, and most importantly your brand
- growing a list of professional connections in your industry
- gaining knowledge and different perspectives in your industry
- opportunity to access the hidden job market
- mentoring opportunities (opportunity to be mentored or to mentor)
- practice in socializing
- professional development opportunities

... and so much more.

I encourage you to read fellow CA Becky White's post on creating your own personal brand (click here).




Anthony Mancuso
Honours Bachelor of Sport Management - Year 3
Senior Career Assistant 

38 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  8. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  9. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  10. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  12. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  13. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  14. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  15. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  16. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  17. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  18. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  19. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  20. There are assortments of credit choices gave by some solid financing organizations. The ranger service and rural hardware financing is sorted as homestead gear financing, scene gear financing and other rural gear financing. www.aaa1autotitleloans.com/chicago

    ReplyDelete
  21. Understudy credit law has drastically adjusted and rebuilt the understudy loaning market, since Democrats attempt to evacuate private advances that have been governmentally ensured. In 1965 government dies down have been included in understudy credits that private loan specialists began to develop. usacheckcashingstore.com/san-diego

    ReplyDelete
  22. Prima di iniziare il viaggio senza fine di cercare un insegnante di inglese non nativo in cui si vive, diamo uno sguardo a diversi metodi di successo gli studenti intraprendere il processo di apprendimento della lingua inglese.il colloquio in inglese per trovare lavoro come credit control

    ReplyDelete
  23. I rimedi naturali per la riduzione del gonfiore includono bere succo di ananas, camomilla, consolida, corteccia di quercia bianca, artemisia, aneto, e origano. Tutti questi rimedi naturali lavorano per ridurre il gonfiore quando viene utilizzato come bevande. Bolle, un problema per molte persone hanno i propri rimedi naturali. Impacchi a base di salvia o terra senape erano rimedi naturali utilizzati dai nativi americani per secoli e sono a volte raccomandati da personale sanitario oggi. prodotti erboristici erezione

    ReplyDelete
  24. Accordingly, the citizen's subsidized Chinese, Japanese, or German organizations who then make US organization innovation out of date and those occupations are no more. We've lost 42,000 US industrial facilities since 2001 and 5.5 million occupations since 2000. www.usacheckcashingstore.com/oceanside

    ReplyDelete
  25. They are composed particularly to help vendors who are battling with credit issues get the cash they have to get up to speed with bills and to spare their business. Be that as it may, numerous entrepreneurs likewise utilize them as a way to make themselves more aggressive by putting resources into things like advertizing and extension. Check Cashing

    ReplyDelete
  26. Quester is a Pakistan-based questioning answering website where people can ask questions and we try our best to provide them with the best answers. Anyone can ask any legit question in English or Roman Urdu and we provide answers in the same language format. www.quester.pk

    ReplyDelete
  27. Quester is a Pakistan-based questioning answering website where people can ask questions and we try our best to provide them with the best answers. Anyone can ask any legit question in English or Roman Urdu and we provide answers in the same language format. www.quester.pk

    ReplyDelete
  28. Quester is a Pakistan-based questioning answering website where people can ask questions and we try our best to provide them with the best answers. Anyone can ask any legit question in English or Roman Urdu and we provide answers in the same language format. www.quester.pk

    ReplyDelete