Many people associate networking with uneasiness, as often it involves the concept of pitching yourself and your skills, but the value it holds can be instrumental in achieving your career objectives.
It entails meeting and getting to know people that can assist you and who can, in turn, aid you. Good networking is based on trust and support, and it can be the difference between a mediocre and a successful career.
Here are some key reasons why networking plays a pivotal part in your career development and why it should be a priority for you in 2022.
Post pandemic success
As the journey to a new normal unfolds, networking opportunities can provide multiple benefits for in-person interactions, not only to boost your confidence at in person events, but also to expand your network and provide potential mentorship in non-virtual environments. The re-birth of in-person events will give you more opportunities to make genuine connections that many virtual settings could simply not offer. So use this year to make impactful in person connections!
You may just land your dream role
Expanding your network can bring new business prospects, job advancement, personal development, or simply fresh knowledge. In-person connections have more impact on individuals, so when career opportunities become available, they are more likely to remember conversations and interactions at networking events from those they felt stood out. Many will reengage with contacts they have met as a result of the connection made, which will increase chances of opening the door for a role they feel is suited to your skillset.
Remember that many jobs aren't posted, especially as your career progresses – so obtaining recognition as a member of networks is a vital way to gain access to opportunities you might not otherwise have.
Getting the career, advice and information you need through a mentor
Finding mentorship is one of the most career advancing opportunities you can create. Mentors can offer invaluable support in your career journey, offering crucial insight into things that you would otherwise have to learn the hard way because of their work experience and lessons learnt.
You can gain specialised and relevant skills, ask specific questions about your area, and receive advice that will help you succeed by talking with a mentor. Even if it's done over the phone or by email, this genuine sense of connection can go a long way towards building a sense of community in your industry.
Attending European Women in Tech will build resilience in your career, business and technology
With 5,000+ mid-senior women in tech in attendance, there is no better opportunity to establish mentorship relationships and building your network. With a multitude of structured and informal networking opportunities throughout, you'll have unlimited opportunities to meet the people that matter and harness the power of your local networks and knowledge.
This year’s agenda will be sure to reignite your passion for your career and discover opportunities for development and progression and leave feeling empowered.
Be part of an empowering, inspirational gathering of women leading the way in technology.