As a W. P. Carey student, you have heard about the value of networking countless times. Often, students are so focused on networking with strangers that they overlook networking where they already have warm leads: Internal Networking! Internal networking refers to connecting with colleagues within your current organization.
The stronger your inter-office relationships are, the more opportunities you’ll have to showcase your strengths and skills. These relationships will benefit you in your current role and can serve as an advantage when you’re up for a promotion or looking to make a lateral move to a different area of work within the same organization. Keeping in touch with alumni who move on to other organizations can also expand your network to each new company they join.
Starting with your peers is the easiest and least intimidating. Network within your team and cross-functionally with others at your same level. Once you have gained confidence and built a strong foundation, move on to connecting with stakeholders you’ve already impressed and added value to with your work. Additionally, when leaders stress they have an open door policy and are there to support you, take them up on it! Leaders at your bosses level can serve as amazing mentors and champions throughout your organization and career!
Check out the following articles for more tips on networking within your organization: