There is no formal school where you can create your core network, businesses are always changing, and the climate can be very different from traditional sectors. As a result, building a connection is a little different than it is in the typical professional environment. But don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it appears. In an ever-changing world, how can you find peers?
1. Conduct research- Of course, before you can begin, you must first determine who, where, when, and why. Read about the industry you are hoping to join, research companies’ backgrounds, and find the events you want to attend. Seek out entrepreneurs you admire, as well as individuals who have previously held your job. It’ll help build your path.
2. Attend a startup networking event- Okay, this one’s obvious, but we had to mention it. If you’re interested in a certain element, such as technology, look for a specialist event to meet individuals in your profession. As a result, you’ll be introduced to other company founders, workers, and entrepreneurs. Everyone is there for the same reason: they want to communicate. It will give you ideas for your next stages and possibly even where you want your career to go. This is also an excellent opportunity to hone your effective communication abilities. Once you’ve laid this foundation, you need to take the next step.
3. Join a Meetup- There are all kinds of groups on Meetup, including startup groups. They range from the general to the really particular. Do you want to connect with other who write PHP or with people who specialise in Business Intelligence? Not a problem! Joining a Meetup can connect you with individuals who share your interests and alert you to additional important activities. Some people I know attend weekly breakfast gatherings to keep the momentum continuing. Great idea!
4. Use social media platforms- This may seem apparent, but don’t overlook LinkedIn and Twitter. Social media can help you connect with people in technological fields. Also, keep an eye out for related topics or talks on various social media networks. A discussion in a LinkedIn group, for example, may help you identify key connections.
5. Keep in touch with your connections- Doing all of the above is great, but if you don’t keep in touch with your connections, your hard work won’t be sustained. Follow up with them, but not too much – just a quick note to let them know you’re still around.