Networking is a very important aspect of developing your professional connections. The easiest and best way to make connections is attending networking events where you have something in common with the other attendees such as career interests, industry, etc. The challenging task is where to go to find the event that’s right for you. Here are some tips to find networking events.
Ask colleagues and classmates
Colleagues and classmates may know of career- or industry-focused networking events. Ask them about professional events they’re planning to attend or ones they’ve attended in the past.
Conduct a search on the internet
You can find events, conferences and specialized networking events by your geographic location. Type in the words “networking events” or “business networking events” and your city name or state for a list of meetings and events to attend. Two popular sites include Meetup, the world’s largest network of local groups, and Eventbrite, which allows you to search for events by location and category.
Contact local organizations
Your local chamber of commerce or rotary club hosts regular meetings with an established guest list of other members in your local business community.
Check social media
Look for organizations in your industry and follow them on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Fulton Schools Career Center website
The Fulton Schools Career Center staff has made this process a little easier for you. We’ve identified the top five online majors and the top five states where students live and developed a list of networking events and their corresponding websites for quick access. The majors include information technology, electrical engineering, software engineering, graphic information technology and engineering management. The states are Arizona, California, Florida, Texas and Washington. You can find this information on our website under Networking and LinkedIn/Professional Organizations or Resources and FAQ/Professional Organizations.
In the upcoming months, we will continue to add other networking events by state.
Betty Boza is a Career Development Specialist for the Fulton Schools Career Center. Her primary responsibility is assisting online, graduate and doctoral students with all aspects of career development including resume preparation, professional network expansion, effective job search strategies and mock interviews.