3 Secondary Benefits of Networking with Other Young Professionals
We’re huge fans of using networking to build long term, professional relationships. This definitely isn’t a new concept. But, beyond the whole “making connections” aspect, how can networking specifically enhance your career as a young professional?
1. You can find a mentor.
The more you know, the more you can do. Embrace learning, as this will strengthen your professional credibility. Go to a networking event in hopes of finding a mentor. If cultivated correctly, this is a professional relationship that could last a lifetime. Every young professional should have at least one mentor to turn to. It helps you gather a qualified second opinion on important decisions. Questioning any career decisions? Turn to your mentor for advice. At a networking event, you can search for a mentor within your industry, which is even more beneficial.
2. You can bounce ideas off of like minded individuals.
Sure, you can build connections at networking events. But, don’t always try to “sell” to these new acquaintances. Instead, open yourself up to brainstorming sessions. This will help you develop mutually beneficial relationships, and may even lead to a new project, acquisition, or job. When you remove the “salesperson” cap, and instead replace it with a “student” cap, you’ll actually open yourself up to more opportunity.
3. You can brand yourself as an authoritative figure in your industry.
Head to a networking event with educational materials in hand. Distribute this knowledge to all interested parties. Sure, a business card is great, but informational brochures are even better. Now, don’t go throwing print materials at every last attendee. This is definitely a turn off, and can damage the credibility of your business or profession. But, if the conversation arises, don’t be afraid to share more about what you do.
At the bare minimum, what do you need to prepare for your next networking opportunity?
- Business Cards
- Informational Brochures or Packets
- Digital Device That Allows You to Connect on Social (Smartphone, iPad, Laptop)
- A Positive Attitude and Open Mind
So, what are you waiting for? Put on your best professional garb and get to networking. You definitely won’t regret it.