Networking events play an important role for any person starting out in their career. We are fortunate that as apprentices, we have ample opportunity to attend networking events, develop connections and build your personal-professional brand. For those living in big cities like London and Manchester, these opportunities are so much greater- it's important that you utilise them to their fullest.
I have drawn together several key tips that fall under a few teams. As someone who loves a good networking event, and who is soon to be hosting their own networking event in a few weeks' time, I hope I can provide some insightful thoughts.
Why networking events are important
Networking events provide the opportunity to meet and connect with individuals who can be valuable resources in your future career, such as potential employers, or individuals who may need legal services in the future and build relationships with them.
Networking events allow you to meet people from a variety of industries and backgrounds, giving you the opportunity to identify potential clients and understand their needs.
Attending networking events allows you to develop and improve your communication and interpersonal skills, which are important in any career.
By connecting with other professionals, you can also build a referral network that can help you reach new clients. This can be especially valuable for legal apprentices who are just starting their careers and looking to build their client base.
Networking events provide the opportunity to connect with professionals who can offer guidance, advice, and mentorship, which can help you advance in your career.
Networking events give you the chance to learn about different industries, career paths, and job opportunities, allowing you to make informed decisions about your future career.
As an apprentice, attending professional networking events can be a great way to expand your network, learn about different industries and career paths, and make connections with professionals who can help further your career. To maximise these events, consider the following tips:
Remember, networking is a long-term process and the relationships you build at these events can be valuable assets in your future career.
Jake Saville, Solicitor Apprentice at Stephenson Harwood LLP and Not Going to Uni Ambassador.