In today’s day and age social media has revolutionized the way we connect with and share information with others; but what about connecting in real life? Whether or not you’re aware of it you are building a valuable network right now, while still in college! Your personal network contains your friends, co-workers, teachers, etc. and could very well help you to gain employment in the future. So, the question to ask yourself is: are you networking and spending time with the right kinds of people? The kinds who could someday be corporate executives, college professors, and/or future movers and shakers in society? These are important questions to start thinking about as you progress further into your schooling.
Sure, having a group of friends to have game nights or play video games with is great, but occasionally you should be widening your horizon and spending time with other young professionals in the area. A great way to do that is through groups such as “Y-Link” and “Young Professionals of Racine”.
Groups such as these strive to bring together young professionals and provide them with fun, social, networking opportunities and chances to meet with older professionals, exchange business cards, and attend events meant to help you personally and professionally grow as an individual.
These types of groups are a great way to expand your network even further and can lead to future job opportunities. Annual membership fees range between $40-$50, but check with your current employer to see if they will cover the costs for you. It’s never too early to start rubbing shoulders with the people who could be your future co-workers or bosses.
Remember, it’s not necessarily what you know or how much talent you have in your particular field because who you know could very well be what sets you apart from other candidates applying for a job, and could make all the difference in your future.
Article by Robin Brown