As women, we invest time and money in looking good, acquiring the right certifications in our careers, and improving our mental and physical health. We also invest time in building our relationships with families and friends; it is high time we started investing in building our professional connections.
Diane Helbig said, “Networking is an investment in your business. It takes time and, when done correctly, can yield great results for years to come.” Investing time and money to attend seminars, connect with professions in professional events, stay up to date on the news in your career will go a long way in building your career net worth.
In addition, trading valuable information, meeting new people, and helping those within your sphere of influence will enrich and grow your network. Networking is an avenue to build mutually beneficial long-term relationships with individuals and organizations. When you listen to successful people talk, one of the important things you will hear them talk about is their network—the relationships they have built and sustained over the years in their careers. This tells us how important networking is in becoming the best in one’s career path.
If you want to really build and grow a sustainable career, you should make networking a vital part of your life. Networking:
#1 Fosters a trade of ideas.
#2 Creates room for partnership.
#3 Influences one’s growth and status.
#4 Enhances one’s visibility in the career world.
#5 Creates room for newer career opportunities.
#6 Bolsters one’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
#7 Helps build long-lasting relationships beyond one’s career.
#8 Gives room for improving one’s creative intellectual abilities.
#9 Helps you stay abreast of new trends and certifications in your career.
#10 Creates an avenue to receive support from high-profile individuals in one’s career.
Networking is beyond meeting new people and making new friends; it also involves, Like Michele Jennae said, “…connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.”