It’s Never Too Early to Start Building Your Network

It should be no surprise that almost 80 percent of professionals consider networking important to career success, according to a global LinkedIn survey. After all, having someone else vouch for you can give you a far better chance of landing a position than if you were just another resume in a pile. For students about to enter the workforce or working adults seeking to switch careers, it is never too early to start building your network so that you can give yourself the best chance of landing the perfect job and making movements in your career.

At Trilogy Education Services and in the boot camp programs we power, we understand that networking is an instrumental part of the career-building process, alongside a deep knowledge and understanding of industry-relevant tech skills. With that in mind, we want to share a couple key reasons networking is so important.

Connections can help you land your first job — and many more

Approximately 85 percent of jobs are filled through networking, and for good reason. The connections that you make with people already in the industry can allow you to get your foot in the door and get your start. By building a positive reputation through networking, connections can often lead to even more connections; eventually, you may find yourself networking with influential leaders or higher-ups who can open doors for your career — an opportunity that might have otherwise not been available. Business leaders are a busy bunch, but if word gets around about your talent as a worker, their interest in you can increase dramatically.

Building a positive reputation in this way and consistently proving your worth in the workplace at the same time can also help accelerate your career advancement. So while it’s important to start networking early, it’s equally important to continue networking throughout your career.

Connections are resources for advice and knowledge

It’s a comforting feeling having a connection on whom you can rely to help you through various issues. This is especially true when you get stuck on a task or are unfamiliar with a topic. While many focus solely on the primary benefit of networking — the ability to help secure a job — it can also help you continue to develop your skills and knowledge in equal measure. This development occurs not just in regards to the technical skills and tools you’ll need but also in terms of how to navigate the workplace and how to effectively leverage yourself as capable tech talent. Networking can allow you to soak up the experience of others and make it your own.

How Trilogy-powered boot camps enable early networking

Learners in our programs are supported by a dedicated career services team of seasoned professionals, including career directors and profile coaches to help you navigate the job-search process. These experts are instrumental in preparing each participant to be “employer competitive,” which is achieved through a series of career readiness milestones throughout the boot camp. We have watched our learners through skill, dedication, and perseverance go on to do great things.

Profile coaches provide learners with individualized feedback on job-search materials such as their resume, GitHub, portfolio, and LinkedIn account, while career directors help learners navigate the job-search process. Participants will have one-on-one meetings with their coaches and directors to discuss goals and to prepare them for the job search. Learners also receive resume and social media profile support, portfolio reviews, opportunities for mock interviews, and more.

In addition to the direct assistance of our career services teams, their presence represents a natural and seamless way to network with experienced industry professionals. Their experience within the tech world not only gives them immensely valuable insights into the skills and tools you need but also provides valuable connections to the industry.

Trilogy-powered boot camps also include formal networking events, which give students a direct line to companies and employers who are seeking tech talent. Trilogy has over 2,500 company partners, and many learners who have completed their programs have gone on to work at some of the biggest tech companies today, such as Google, Apple, IBM, and more.

With Trilogy-powered boot camps, students and working adults can truly harness the power of networking. For more information on our programs, please contact us and get started on the first steps toward a fulfilling career in tech!

Originally published 9/11/19 on www.trilogyeducationservices.com

Trilogy Education Services is a workforce accelerator that partners with universities to help companies bridge the digital skills gap. https://www.trilogyed.com