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Succeed in the workplace

Week 5: Social and employment networking


Over the first four weeks of the course, you have been clarifying what you want to achieve in career terms and how your interests and aspirations might fit the current job market. So you’re already half way through the career planning process and should be feeling a bit clearer on what you want to achieve. You have also done some work on how to access your preferred work and have probably realised the importance of contacts and relationships in this process. This week you will deepen your understanding of how to create and sustain networks of contacts that can support your career plans.

Remember to keep making notes on the activities, and any other thoughts that occur to you, in your notebook.

Watch Wendy introduce Week 5:

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Wendy Woolery:
Welcome to Week 5. You’re halfway through the course. Well done.So far you’ve been given structured ways of clarifying what you want to achieve in your career. You’ve looked at what you have to offer and you’ve considered how your interest and aspirations meet the employment market. You’ve also looked at how work experience and voluntary work can help you to achieve your career plans. This week we will look at how you can create and maintain a network of contacts that will support your career ambitions. We will look at what networking is and isn’t. Why it’s important. Who can be in your networks and how you can network face-to-face and online.
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • understand networks and networking
  • explore traditional and online networking opportunities
  • consider how networking supports your career development
  • map your own network and plan how to extend it.
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