How communities and connections can power career growth?
Can you remember one example of establishing a close relationship with a colleague from your industry or a field of work? How was it for you? Can you name one benefit you got from that relationship? A knowledge trade-off, the recommendation for a job opportunity, or something else? We bet you can!
When was honey made with one bee in a hive?
Since the dawn of time, humans have formed communities so that they can feel part of something.
Knowledge and ideas sharing
We are social beings, and being a part of a community provides us chances to get in touch with others. One example surely is sharing knowledge and ideas. Nowadays, one of the strongest tech communities is Stack Overflow. When dealing with challenges at work or college, you can look for answers on Stack Overflow’s site. Rather than having to learn using the trial and error method, you can reach out to the community and ask if anyone has had any experience with a similar problem and is willing to share their knowledge. Not only can you find the answers to your questions, but you can also share your own experience. It is about the help we can give to each other.
Inspiration, motivation, passion
There is always someone doing something amazing, which can inspire you to go harder and achieve bigger goals. There’s the fact that networking has been shown to improve your creative intelligence. As Bianca Miller Cole wrote in the article ‘10 Reasons Why Networking Is Essential For Your Career’: “Aspirations and great innovations are most times form the external factors around where we find ourselves. The intellectual ability in different careers is significantly improved upon from contacts we have built with other persons over a period… Likeminded people that have been able to share ideas have strongly developed their intellect to foster growth in their career path and unleash the creative talent in them.” The community also allows people to share a subject they’re passionate about. This helps to spread confidence and encouragement to create new things that they can share with others.
Opportunities, collaboration, advancement
The main purpose of networking is that it makes you noticeable. Your close contacts introduce you to their connections, and their contacts introduce you further. Once people start noticing you, it opens the door for new opportunities.
Successful people always do something extra outside their everyday work – whether it’s their personal project or freelancing. When you are associated with these people, you can take a chance and go for the ride along with them. Our collaboration (meaning us behind the TechSlavs concept) is the best example of social networking advantages.
Also, the network can help you get a ‘foot up the ladder’. It is an excellent opportunity to find out and get a deeper understanding of the happenings within the industry. Also, it is a valuable source of the latest career trends relevant to you.
Networking is not only about trading information. It also gives you an opportunity to create long-term relationships with mutual benefits. The community provides you with an important part of your identity, and more than that, it teaches you a set of skills that help you live your life. Feeling socially connected improves your quality of life, boosts your mental health, helps you live longer, boosts your self-esteem, empathy for others, and has other positive effects on you.
There are big tech communities gathering people all over the world. Why shouldn’t we have our own? Tech-savvy’s from our region are just as talented as other tech experts from around the world.
So, are you going to join us and help us build a community? 😉