Too many times I have seen people live it up in college, never take on an internship and never step out of their comfort zone and hit up a networking event.
While it took me one year after graduation to finally land a job in my field, I didn’t let that stop me from continuing to put myself out there.
Throughout the last year I have began to understand why networking is vital for young professionals and the importance of getting to know other young professionals in your city.
1. No one knows who you are.
Coming from a small private catholic institution where everyone knows everyone, it was hard to come to terms with the fact that I still needed to introduce myself to people. This was not out of arrogance, but pure fear. Believe it or not, I am very shy and get tongue tied when I’m feeling uncomfortable. After attending multiple networking events, it became easier to introduce myself to new people. I have landed lots of internships and opportunities from simply putting myself out there and making people know who I am.
2. Who you know gets to you there, what you know keeps you there.
I have seen people get internships or jobs over me simply because they knew someone in the company. I will never knock anyone’s hustle but this definitely made me take networking more seriously. There just may be someone in your network that can help you elevate your career.
3. Great opportunity to meet new people.
Sure landing jobs and putting yourself out there is great and all. However, it’s just cool to meet new people! Columbus is crawling with young pros and it’s awesome to just have that opportunity to connect with like minds. My crutch is to bring along a great friend of mine, Kelsea – who equally enjoys meeting new people. It gives us an excuse to hang out while growing our network.
Why do you think networking is important? Comment and let me know!