The Power of Networking
As a professional in the business world, your knowledge of networking is probably the next biggest thing next to your actual work experience! Why is that? I’m almost sure you have heard the old saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” but that goes so much deeper than just knowing next person. Networking and the power of networking comes with interacting and the growth of your relationship with those people. How you keep in touch, communicate, and help one another out creates the most out of your networks.
During your internship, you’re taught to connect with as many employers and professionals within your field to ensure the highest chance of securing a job in your near future. On Tuesday, April 9th, guest speaker Paige Travis joined at WISH for a group discussion on the power of networking.
Fellow WISH resident Jose Morales shared his thoughts from the event and what he took from the speaker’s advice.
“Just going through the motions letting us know how it is here in DC,” Jose said. “It’s pretty intimidating but to hear her sound confident and strong about the messages she’s given to us kind of the specific details towards networking.”
Business networking is a valuable way to expand your knowledge, learn from the success of others, get new clients and tell others about your business. A strong and active business network has advantages that can make your business grow and flourish. It is expected that networking will result in opportunities.
Another WISH intern, Raquel Velazco, was also in attendance for the seminar and had an input of what she thought of the speaker.
“The information she provided wasn’t necessarily new,” Raquel said. “But she did reemphasize a lot of important things that students and interns should know if they hadn’t known already. I have a lot of friends that are not as fundamentally sound to communicating and networking with others, and I feel that Paige gave them key information that would be helpful to them in their search of employment here in DC.”
Networking is a great way to connect with others in your field and create opportunities for yourself after college. Creating professional relationships with other students and professors on campus is crucial but can seem daunting. But fear not because below I have compiled a list of the top reasons why networking is beneficial!