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Home Centennial College Blog 2014 January 10 The Benefits of Networking

The Benefits of Networking

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From new students arriving this semester to graduating students, networking is a key activity that is not only fun, but critical to your personal growth and career development. Networking is all about building relationships and taking action. In this era of vast competition in the workplace, networking has become an essential tool in searching for employment. It’s good to have a network of friends and associates to draw energy from and keep you going. By surrounding yourself with people who share a similar drive and ambition, you are more likely to move forward as a group.

Networking is a great way to share ideas and knowledge. Whether it’s asking for feedback or discussing your point of view, it will help you expand your knowledge and allow you to see things from another individual’s perspective.

It is also likely that within a group there will be those who already been where you are today. This provides you with an opportunity to learn from their experiences and avoid some of the mistakes they may have made in the past. Keep in mind that one of most available forms of networking in college starts in the classroom. Most if not all professors have close connections to the field of study they are in.

Be a go getter. It is natural that networking will eventually result in opportunities. The thing you will not know is when or how they will come to you. Whether it’s a referral, offer partnership or request for your service or product, it is important to be aware and ready to seize opportunities when they come along. When you practice regular networking, and push yourself to talk to people you don’t know, it will help increase your confidence. This is an important, because your career growth is dependent on talking to people and making connections.

Maintaining a presence is also a major factor. Being visible and getting noticed is a big benefit of networking. By regularly attending business and social events, people will begin to recognise you. This applies to social media as well. Websites such as Facebook LinkedIn and Twitter are also very helpful to interact with established persons in your aspired field. You can help to build your reputation as a knowledgeable, reliable and supportive person by offering useful information or tips to people who need it. You are also more likely to get more leads and referrals as you will be the one that pops into their head when they need what you offer.

All the best Centennial Citizens, happy networking and have a happy new year!