Networking is one of the most important things you can do for your career. It’s the process of building relationships with people who can help you achieve your goals. These relationships can come in many forms, from formal mentorships to informal coffee chats.
There are many benefits to networking. Firstly, it can help you learn about new opportunities. When you meet new people, you’re exposed to new ideas and perspectives. You may also learn about new job openings or other opportunities that you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
Secondly, networking can help you build your reputation. When you meet new people and make a good impression, you’re building your reputation as a valuable professional. This can help you get ahead in your career, whether you’re looking for a new job, a promotion, or simply more recognition for your work.
Finally, networking can help you source help when you need it. When you have a network of contacts, you have people you can turn to for help with everything from finding a job to getting advice on a project. This can be invaluable, especially when you’re starting out in your career.
Coworking spaces are a great and organic setting for you to network. They’re designed to bring people together, so it’s easy to meet new people and build relationships. When members join the House they receive an introductory business growth consultation with our team. The team aim to find out how they can support new members professional and business growth and who they can connect them with from our own network. One of our main ambitions is to grow our community and see our members businesses thrive.
In the meantime, we’ve put a few tips together about how you can make the most of networking in a coworking space:
- Be open to meeting new people. Everyone at the House is friendly – don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to people you don’t know.
- Be interested in other people. Ask questions and learn about their work.
- Be helpful. Offer to help people with their work or projects.
- Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. People will be more likely to connect with you if you’re authentic.
- Get involved in the community. We’ve built a strong sense of community here and we encourage people to get involved whether that be by participating in events, volunteering, or simply being a friendly and helpful member of the space.
- Attend events and meetups. We host a monthly member’s breakfast, as well as after work drinks. These are great opportunities to meet new people and have some fun!
- Use the space to your advantage. Our space is designed to help you be productive and collaborative. Use the space to your advantage by working on projects with other members.
With a little effort, you can make the most of networking in a coworking space and build a strong network that will help you achieve your career goals.