The notion of networking with others in different fields has always been somewhat a daunting concept to me, as it takes the individual out of their comfort zone, forcing them to socialise with possibly new and experienced intimidating faces. However, that being said, I’ve always understood the importance of having to grow your professional circle, an idea that has never wavered, but has become reinforced as my career has reached a partition; academic to full time professional.
Around last year, and certainly over the last couple of months, I’ve noticed that yes qualifications are indeed quintessential in the grand scheme of things, but it’s more so how you make an impression on people you’re introduced to by friends/family or who you know in your personal or professional circle.
I’m sure, I can’t be the only individual to assume this.
Last year, internships were advised to us 2nd-year students, as it gave us an insight of the industry we aspired to emerge in to. However, after applying for numerous applications and roles, I, unfortunately, had yet to receive an offer. I later began conversing with friends on group chat and whether or not they were in the same predicament I was in, to my surprise they were.
It had come after scrolling through social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter where I had seen all my peers and friends from various university’s secure an internship, which made me doubt myself and my skills. But, as we all know by now, everything we see on social media, we have to take with a pinch of salt.
I’d realised, that my suspicions were correct in that, ‘networking’ outweighs the actual intellect, skill or passion someone may possess for that profession or industry, as it comes down to who professional’s know in their circle and who’d they think could fit the role, a first come first served basis, typically being those who have access to that information being released before the public do. Essentially meaning, it pays to have friends/family in high places.
That being said, it should go without saying, that of course, hard work and tenacity pays off, but the majority of the time, it’s the connections that can help you secure a job and help you get a foot up or at least on the ladder.
Happy ‘networking‘ – Yeah right!