What can you take from networking clubs?

I have recently joined a networking event at Lincoln called ‘The Marketing Club‘ which allows me to connect with fellow marketers and business experts in Lincoln, obviously there are a few differences between them and I such as…

  • They have their own businesses – I’m only a first year student
  • They have been around marketing for a long time – I’m only new to the industry
  • They use what they learn and put into practice – I’m just widening my knowledge of the industry I am extremely passionate about.

However I would say that what I am doing is a fantastic experience and an amazing eye opener into the industry that I dearly wish to enter and spend the rest of my life in. I go into the building feeling pumped and energised and ready to learn something new, and it never falls to do just that. I take so much from The Marketing Club which I then use to build business relationships, help my university examinations and help the societies that I am part of,if I don’t do that I feel like I’m wasting valuable time.

In particular from yesterday’s meeting I learnt that my LinkedIn profile needs to be improved GREATLY, and that’s not just through putting more skills and more experience on my profile but genuinely connecting with other people, joining groups and discussions and being proactive and getting myself stuck in. Just having a profile isn’t useful enough if you don’t make the most of it and do not update it or interact with others on it.

Some people say it’s not what you know but who you know and I think that is true, knowing the right people and meeting new people is a great way to talk to others and get to know them, and potentially boost your career. It also allows me to get to know the industry more.

I am a very lucky person in the sense that I know the industry I would like to go in to, yes it is a very tough industry as it is constantly evolving and changing but I still know it’s what I want to do. Through networking events it allows me to enhance myself in the skills and qualities that are needed but also to find my niche, find what I am good at and what I like, and then pursue it even further  I am a got get-er in the sense of most things I do, I do for the future me, I know where I want to be and I’m enjoying the journey of getting there.

If you have any questions then leave a comment and I’ll reply to you all.

Until next time,

Alexandrya-Carmen Mbu.

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