As a social worker, we are often experts in identifying resources and community for the well-being and development of our clients, but we forget a very important tool for our professional development and growth!
What does NASW have to say about networking?
Networking Tools for Social Workers
5 Reasons to Network
- Opportunity: Anytime you are around others (virtually or in person), you have the opportunity to meet people and uncover what they make have to offer to your life!
- Exposure: Have you written new research? Starting a new practice? Found a new technique to share? Networking provides the opportunity to expose others to the wealth of professional knowledge you have, and to be exposed to theirs!
- Contacts and Relationships: Whether finding a new job, a resource for your clients, or simply someone who simplifies your life; contacts are an essential part of the social work profession. Most business is done through referrals!
- Finding Common Ground: Everyone enjoys the company of others who are like-minded. Our common interests help ignite our passion for the profession and encourage personal growth.
- Learning: In the line for breakfast at a NASW-NC Conference, or answering a post on LinkedIn; social workers who participate in networking gather information and ideas at a fast pace! Knowledge is power!
* Information adapted from http://www.schmoozd.com/2011/12/20/five-reasons-why-networking-is-important/