Did you know that even if you haven’t completed your career training, you can still begin networking in your future career right now? It’s never too early to start. Here are 5 ways to jumpstart your career with some good networking strategies:
- Use your circle of friends. Your family and friends represent your very first network! Find out what and who they know. If you’re considering a career as an automotive technician, reach out to that first network and find out where they get their cars serviced. You can learn what kinds of problems their cars have had and also something about good (and bad) service. You might even get to know their auto mechanic.
- Stay in touch with teachers. Your past and current teachers can do a lot more than teach you during your career training. They can also teach you a lot about the real world. They can give you a heads-up on what to expect on your first job. They may even know which area employers are looking for people with the skills you possess.
- Expand your circle. The wider your circle of friends and colleagues, the more likely you are to be in-the-know about chances to advance your career. Join clubs and organizations that interest you and consider volunteering. Have you always wanted a career in healthcare? Then, volunteer at a hospital or clinic to get your foot in the door. That one action could expose you to a wide range of occupations and the people performing them. One might be right for you!
- Get online. Are you on Facebook or Twitter? If you are, make sure that you’re presenting a professional image you’d be proud to have a potential employer see. Then, if you’re not already on LinkedIn, you should join. LinkedIn is an especially effective tool for career searches; you can even have it notify you when a job posting comes up that meets your search criteria. It also allows you to see who in your circle is connected to someone you might want to know.
- Find a mentor. A mentor is an experienced advisor who can show you the ropes of your new profession. Do you want to work with computers? Find someone who already does and get to know them. Connecting with people already in the career that interests you is a great way to find out what they do and what they like about their career. A mentor can also give you lots of lessons from their life. Listen and learn!
Whatever career you’re hoping to pursue, start your networking today! At Porter and Chester Institute, we offer ten career training programs at our nine locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Do we have what you’re looking for? Check out all our career training programs today.