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Professional Networking

Why Network?

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

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

NASW-NC Opportunities

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