According to the Guardian, “62% of British adults have never attended a networking event” and 51% of those that have “describe feeling uncomfortable while networking”. Networking should not be a daunting prospect but is all about meeting new people. It is vital for almost any career path, but why is it so important for social care and what are the benefits?
Why it’s so important
Yes, networking is about mixing with the right people and improving your opportunities, but it is also about finding a support system and meeting those who are in the same position as you. It is no secret that social care is a demanding profession and networking is a great way to reach out for support and advice from others in the field. It is about meeting people who work in your field and understand exactly what your job entails. Networking will help you see you are not alone, as some so many people understand how demanding, but also how rewarding, social work is.
Not only can networking help you establish a bigger support system, but it can also help you learn from people outside of your immediate team. Traditional networking events are often held in informal locations and are a way of meeting people in all branches of social care. Networking events bring together those who work in primary care, acute services, mental health and residential and home care, to name a few. Networking is becoming more and more popular, and there are so many different types of networking events available that there is something to suit everyone.
Types of Networking
- Traditional networking events. Opportunities to meet people in your region are happening all over the country and are a great way to share your knowledge and expertise.
- Conferences are a good way to build your skills and learn about cutting-edge practices in your field, while also networking. The best opportunities to network come from workshops and seminars which have more interaction.
- Volunteer opportunities. Local schemes often rely on volunteers and also provide an opportunity to meet more people. For example, you could volunteer at a food bank, tutor children or help prepare meals for the homeless.
- Award ceremonies. Award ceremonies celebrating the work of those in your industry allow you to appreciate the work of others while meeting more people in your field. For example, Macmillan holds an event to celebrate the work of their professionals each year.
- Social media networking groups. Networking doesn’t necessarily mean meeting people face to face, as online groups are becoming more popular. There are so many places online to chat and discuss with other social care workers, and these groups might even promote physical events.
How to get involved
To apply for a job in social care today contact a recruitment care agency in Birmingham such as Employ Social Care, who has over twenty years’ experience recruiting in the care sector.