Networking, networking, networking … does it seem like that is all you hear about these days? Well, for good reason. Networking is key to professional development. And it’s a great way to make connections in your new hometown. Whether you are looking for a new job or just want to strengthen your established business relationships, face-to-face interaction cannot be beat. It is critical that young professionals – especially those new to a city – get to know other professionals through networking. So we’ve got a few suggestions for how to get out there and network your heart out.
A great place to start is the Alliance of Emerging Professionals. Open to those either employed or seeking employment between the ages of 20-39, AEP aims to be the hub of activity and networking to enhance life as a business professional. AEP hosts numerous civic, social and professional events throughout the year in OKC.
Other great networking opportunities are always available through professional organizations and trade groups. Organizations like PRSA, IABC, Women in Communications and Young Professionals in Energy are great places to meet like-minded professionals. No matter what field you are in, chances are there is an organization for you. Check with your human resources department for what groups might best fit your area of expertise.
Of course local Chambers are also a great place to network. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber hosts a monthly networking event called Sunset Reception. Held at different locations each month, Sunset Receptions involve nothing but food, drinks and networking. Best of all, it is 100 percent free.