We all know that networking could add give wings to one’s career growth. The question is how? As much as building a great network is an art, it is a vital aspect of career growth. Networking is not just meeting people and socialising. It requires commitment and dedication that helps an individual maintain relations with people in the long run. Such connections not only help you personally and professionally, but it also helps in maintaining a good reputation.
One’s network is included of people who are connected with the individual. It could be friends, family, professors, peers, colleagues or seniors from work or college. One can leverage upon a network at any point in time whenever there is a need, both personally and professionally. Let us look at some points on how this network boosts career growth of an individual.
1. A good network strengthens connections
As we said, networking is not just about talking sweetly to people you meet at conferences and events. It is about exchanging information, sharing ideas of growth and sustainability and engaging with people you have met once already. Networking is also about helping each other, forming trust and pushing each other to be better versions of who they are. People who know how to build a circle of like-minded people find it easier to achieve their goals and aspire to become better each day.
2. Networking is all about knowledge exchange
Networking at business meetings, conferences and events is an absolutely wonderful way to share knowledge. The exchange of fresh ideas can be an excellent source that exposes an individual to new perspectives. The more someone connects with people, the more they know about people’s views on different topics. Such an exchange of knowledge would help them think innovatively and make better decisions.
3. Leverage such connections in career building
Participating in businesses conclaves and socializing would only help in making people familiar with you. Moreover, knowledge exchange would help in building a good reputation and an amalgam of both would help you make a good impression. One you are a familiar name in the industry, there would be multiple opportunities to build a career that one can leverage upon.
4. Unlock the door of job opportunities
Now can you know the importance of building connections and making a good impression, this can be used perfectly to hunt for new job opportunities. Individuals who are looking forward to expanding their businesses or people looking for a job change can make brilliant use of such connections. Maintaining an active network would help you meet with new people who might be potential recruiters and you never know when you have a better opportunity knocking at your door.
5. Interconnected network = better opportunities
Let’s be real, the more people you meet, the more you’d be introduced to their circle. While many of your connections would act as mediators, they might introduce you to people who can bring you a better opportunity. They might just give you insights and update you about the ongoing practices in different industries in India and abroad.
6. Know what’s best for you
How about some great tips and counseling from people who are experts in their fields? One of the greatest benefits of such a network is that an individual is only exposed to learning that was gained through practical exposure. People who are experts in their fields and who have experienced the culture of work first-handedly are sharing their experiences. This would help you in taking decisions in a better way since they have seen the industry evolve with time.
7. Build confidence the best way
No doubt networking boosts your confidence. By regular practice of talking to people and making an effort to build sustainable connections, one is exposed to multiple sources of knowledge. All of this mixed with factual information makes an individual confident and helps them have a better understanding of different topics. This would help you make an impression in front of people who might be potential business partners, recruiters or people who would take you a step closer to the right business opportunity.
All these factors combined together would expose an individual to learn and grow and build connections that stay with them life-long. Such connections would directly or indirectly boost their career growth from time to time, which is why is essential to maintain an active social circle throughout.
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