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January 18, 2024, by brzms6

Embrace networking as your New Year’s resolution

By Amrina Kaur, Employability Officer

The new year is a great time to reflect on your personal and professional growth. Although it can be daunting to think about future prospects, if this time of year is right for you, you might like to start thinking about your next steps and where you’d like to be in the next couple of years.

If you’re looking to make a meaningful resolution that will impact your future career path, consider expanding your career network. Building a diverse web of professional connections can be a game changer, offering unique opportunities for personal and career development.

We understand the power of networking in shaping successful careers. However, we want to emphasise that networking doesn’t have to be formal or intimidating. In fact, fostering connections with individuals from different backgrounds can be not only enriching but also transformative.

The helpful benefits of having a diverse network: 

  • Gives you access to a wide range of perspectives, ideas, and opportunities
  • Opens doors to industries, roles, and experiences aligned with aspirations
  • Personal growth through exposure to different cultures, ideas, and ways of thinking
  • Broadens your worldview and fosters adaptability
  • Develops your empathy and cultural intelligence

Overall, a diverse network will enhance valuable skills which are increasingly valued in today’s globalised professional world. 

Here are our top practical tips for expanding your inclusive network:

Reflect on your existing network

Thinking about your current network is a great first step towards further expanding your connections. This might be course mates, flatmates, those who are in societies or networks you are apart of, and even connections you have made through a part-time job or volunteering opportunity. 

Explore Student’s Union opportunities

Explore the different societies and networks that the Student’s Union has to offer. These can provide unique opportunities to connect with peers and gain insights beyond academic or professional spheres.  

Embrace informal networking

Networking doesn’t always happen in formal settings. Engage in casual conversations with classmates, colleagues, and acquaintances. You never know where a simple conversation might lead!

Explore LinkedIn pages

LinkedIn is a goldmine for networking opportunities. Follow and connect with professionals from various backgrounds, industries, and regions. Engage with their content and join relevant groups to expand your online presence.

Attend networking events

Many universities and organisations host events focused on networking, sometimes for specific purposes such as for a specific faculty or school. Attend these gatherings to meet like-minded individuals, share experiences, and build meaningful connections. These will make you more visible to potential employers and even boost your knowledge and skills in the world of employment.

Book career appointments

Once you have an idea of how you want to expand your network, use our Careers service to book an appointment with an adviser. They can provide personalised guidance on building an inclusive network tailored to your goals.

Remember, building an inclusive network is not about quantity but quality. Develop genuine connections, be open to learning from others, and embrace the richness that diversity brings to your professional journey. 

Beyond career advancement, an inclusive network can provide you with new friendships, collaborations, and shared experiences that await. Why not get started by updating your LinkedIn profile? 

Posted in Equality and inclusivity