Everyone You Know Can Help With Your Networking Goals
When most people think of “networking,” they often think about building strictly professional contacts and relationships. This frame of thought can quickly narrow the focus to work-only life spheres. However, if the concept of networking is widened, it can easily and effectively include family, friends, classmates, and local community members. All of the people we engage with can contribute to what makes up a strong personal and professional network.
Before we get into some of the powers of networking, it is important to establish, up front, that people from every area of your life can play an important role. And, you can play an important role in the networks of the people you interact with regularly, too. Be sure not to overlook networking opportunities just because they don’t immediately, and specifically, come from a workplace connection.
Networking can help you discover fresh ideas and perspectives.
If you rely solely on yourself to generate new, fresh, and creative ideas for work and personal projects, or even for hobbies, sooner or later your proverbial wellspring of inspiration will run dry. There’s only so much that you can pour forth from inside yourself before you’re completely empty. Having a vibrant network provides the continued input of ideas, perspectives, thoughts, and exchanges that we all need to feel refreshed and dynamic. It is, in essence, a much-needed source of replenishment that can, at times, keep you from reaching burn-out.
Networking can help you gain access to internship and job opportunities.
Expanding your contacts in all life areas can open up new (and sometimes unexpected) doors for internships, job opportunities, personal growth options, and new knowledge bases. It’s an uncomfortable fact for many people to come to terms with, but… a lot of job opportunities never get advertised. Being an active participant in networking can be a key way to gain access to vital opportunities, which you may never come across otherwise.
Networking can help you develop long-lasting and treasured relationships.
With rising rates of depression in our current global society, networking can offer a powerful boost to mental health, by helping to create and sustain relationships in all of our life spheres. These relationships can be both long-lasting and personally (and professionally) valuable. Social interaction is important to personal well-being, and that well-being can create a knock-on effect for professional successes, during the span of an entire career.
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