Benefits of Networking Events
during an Internship
Nowadays the job market is very competitive, because many job seekers have a strong CV with finished studies, certifications and work experience thanks to the advantages of following internships and other study programs. We can all agree that when it comes to job hunting the people that you know have a big impact on helping you to get a job. It also broadens up your chances on getting a job if you use the contacts as referrals or if the contacts that you already have can recommend you to anybody they know.
In countries such a Spain there is a term used frequently in the job market: ‘Enchufe’. This word can be translated to ‘network’, most of the people that have Enchufe struggle less to land a job, thanks to the people they know. Many people can see it as something unfair, but as young professionals we can all agree that is something that is needed and the sooner we learn about it, the better chances we have in growing in our career journey.
In Spain there are several organizations and companies that focus on giving these kind of networking services to a group of associates companies, then the networking part of the business is easier to achieve and the company can focus on producing better than thinking on how to make their network wider. Thus now we can all agree that networking is a crucial part in our career journey, the benefits of following an internship in such a company that provides these services can bring a lot of advantages ( click here for the internship offer)
The main advantage is that in such events you’re able to meet other professionals who are there exactly for the same reason as everybody else: ‘To make new contacts’. Having a wide list of contacts will help you not only to get yourself known, but also to get to know other companies and have wide options for future ideas on how to collaborate. When doing an internship in such events company, the advantage is that getting to know other professionals will open new doors for you after graduation, especially if you are an outgoing person who likes to talk and get to know new people.
Attending such events is like waiting for a piñata to be broken so you can see what kind of unknown gifts are inside, the excitement is inevitable. In such events you’re able to see every kind of businesses, some of them that are new to the market. Thanks to the variety of entrepreneurs and professionals who attend such events you will widen up your perspective in the businesses that exist and even inspire you on what career path to follow.
This benefit is mainly for all those who follow internships abroad, we know how difficult it is to get to know local people, especially if you’re most of the time working and exploring around. Attending network events will give you the opportunity to meet people from the city that you’re at, it is easier because all the people attending the event are open to meet you and there is no awkwardness when it comes to approaching them. In Spain people are very social so it can be quite fun to attend such events, because of the friendliness of the people in this country.
Even for those who are not social butterflies have the opportunity to develop those skills that are necessary in nowadays work environments. One of the main skills that employers are looking at when finding the perfect match for a certain position, are their social and people skills. The work environment is changing, even companies are adapting an open office culture, where having a small separated corner as an office is becoming part of the past. So having extra social skills is becoming a must. Attending networking events will improve your social skills in a safe environment, because there is no chance of getting rejected like the typical situation in any other social event, people in networking events are all there to make contacts, so rejecting to talk to someone is just not part of the environment.
Don’t forget that most of these events are during out of office hours, mostly after work; therefore people are also there to have fun. These events usually include a variety of entertainment, companies that offer networking event services make sure to make the networking experience as enjoyable as possible. Some of the events include interactive presentations, contests, and interactive activities, drinking, eating and sometimes even dancing (in Spain).
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