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How do you make valuable connections in the IT field in order to make progress?

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Rashvith’s Answer

Hi Everyone, Building professional connections is one of the most important part for an individual. Networking helps you find new job opportunities, build better relationships, rapport, expand your knowledge and skillsets, and has many more advantages to it.
How to you make valuable connections?
1) By participating or attending conferences, seminars, industry related summits, etc, (related / interested fields). These activities help you connect with similar ideas / thought process individuals.
2) Show gratitude to your connections when you are with them. When you recognize or appreciate people, the relationship will continue and remains strong.
3) Be outspoken. Initiate conversations and start small talks with other people. Find common interests that will extend your conversations outside of these forums.
4) In this pandemic, everything is virtual. So it is important to create a professional online presence and you will also need to know how to market yourself online. Enhance digital / social media skills to approach people.
I hope my answers are useful.
All the best!
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Rebecca’s Answer

Hi, I am glad that you are interested in IT fields and would like to establish some connections.
Below are a few suggestions :
1. Join the computer society in your school
2. Participate the events (e.g. seminars, exhibitions, etc.) hosts by local Technology organization
3. Explore any intern opportunities in Technology companies
4. Participate the online technology forums
In addition to establish connection, you may also need to keep yourself up to date on the latest technology. Technology is a fast changing business. You could subscribe some IT News update and keep an eye on IT News website from time to time.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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dave’s Answer

LinkedIn Is a good place to start

you can also look online for IT user groups and focus in on something that you are really interested in

connecting with some IT recruiters may also help

good luck!!
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Bradley’s Answer

One of the best things you can do is become certified in an IT field of your choice. This is will give you access to peers who can help out. I highly recommend it. Good luck!
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Davana’s Answer

Hi, its great to see that you are interested in IT field. Communication is the key towards networking and networking helps you find new job opportunities, connect with people, build better relationships, expand your knowledge and skillsets
following are the few suggestions
1. Make best use of soft skill training's that are provided in the college.
2. Be a part of student organization and start networking with your peers
3. Attend carrier fairs - excellent place for networking
4. Create your linked-in account and Keep it up to date
5. Develop the skill set required for the job that you wish to do
6. Explore any intern opportunity-more effective way to understand the tech world and to get job

I hope this answers your question.
All the best!
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Mickael’s Answer

Hi salvador,
"How do you make valuable connections in the IT field in order to make progress?"

Simple answer, by working with people.

As a student, the next question is "how in the world do I do that?"
My asnwer will probably match other's:
- apply to internships and work for people in the industry
- meet people in workshops. I am not totally sure that conferences are great way to make valuable connections because as a student, you may need to prove yourself to professionals and conferences are not necessarily the best place (for me)
- be part of professional social application like LinkedIn
- if your school offers some club when you work for the industry, be part of it.
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Daniel’s Answer

Hi, Here are a few insights on networking and making valuable connections .
Networking is a valuable way to find job opportunities and obtain positions. Individuals in your everyday life including friends, family, classmates, professors, supervisors, co-workers, and members of professional associations within your industry can be helpful resources during your search.

Some suggested ways to network are:
1. Attend Career Fairs
2. Create a LinkedIn profile - LinkedIn is a great way to search for and connect with employers in your field of interest.
3. Join a club or student organization and network with peers – Seniors may be able to share information about their own co-op experiences and connect you with recent graduates working in a career field you are interested in.

The more people you can connect with, the better. The connection can be through email, phone, or social media, but talking to someone face-to-face has the potential to make a lasting impression. Start with what is comfortable for you and then expand your methods of outreach. People will not know your skills or interests, your career goals, your co-op job search process, or your questions unless you make the effort to tell them. Networking takes time, but most often it will yield the best results in your job search. You will need to be your biggest fan and advocate in your job search – be ready to showcase your skills and promote your experiences when the situation calls for it.
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