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What Is the Importance of Networking for Young Professionals?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 04 July 2014
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Networking for young professionals is an integral part of the business world today. While the concept of building contacts as part of an ongoing network has always had some relevance, shifts in the way many people view the pursuit of a career today makes the task of network building more important than ever. By nurturing and growing a strong business and support network, up-and-coming professionals can often have access to information about new innovations in the industry and who is and is not hiring, and even make use of those relationships to make lateral or upward moves that in the long run have a positive impact on the ability to make money and achieve career goals.

In times past, networking for young professionals tended to focus on finding ways to connect with the right employer, then staying with that employer for many years, sometimes all the way to retirement. For many, this is no longer an option, as companies are merged or taken over, resulting in organizational changes that are good for some but may lead to job losses for others. For this reason, professional networking for young professionals will often involve the cultivation of contacts and relationships that can be called upon when and as takeovers or other reshuffling in the business world indicate that a move to a new employer is likely.

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This networking for is not necessarily limited to a core profession. When cultivating contacts within this type of network, making sure to include contacts in a wide range of industries is often helpful when it comes to being aware of possible career moves. For example, if a young human resources professional who currently works in the hospitality industry feels the need to make a move, he or she may consider HR opportunities that are associated with a computer firm or some other industry that is currently undergoing expansion. From this perspective, already having contacts within those industries makes it easier to learn of opportunities and also get some details on how that employer is perceived by other young professionals in terms of benefits, corporate culture, and other aspects that may would influence the decision to seek that opening.

Networking for young professionals is also helpful in terms of being able to exchange ideas and strategies with others who have dealt with similar issues and situations. This ability to share experiences and potential solutions can often inspire creativity in everyone involved, leading to the development of new solutions that gain praise from employers and help to advance individual careers. With the right type of networking, both in terms of local opportunities and the wider networking tools found online, young professionals can establish connections that will serve them well for many years to come.

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