Networking is important in every field or industry. Having a well-established network is the best way to learn and implement new ideas from someone who does the same thing as you every day. The key approach to networking in pharmacy is not being afraid to ask for help. Research from the University of Pennsylvania Behavioral Science found that asking for advice is beneficial to networking because it essentially strokes that person’s ego! Asking someone for advice makes them feel important and smart, and will make them draw upon their own ideas and thoughts and share it with you. Here are some tips to implement as you start to network within pharmacy:
1. Devise a Plan
Before you just go and out and try to meet people, map out what you want to discuss! If you can see a list of attendees of a networking group or event, creep on their Facebook page and see what their interests are. Also, remember to keep these network connections around the whole year, not just when you need them.
2. Respect Everyone
Don’t discount anyone as a good connection to have just because of their job title. These individuals may learn from instead of you learning from them, but as you grow, they will too and may someday return the favor!
A great way to meet and network with others is to find volunteer opportunities in pharmacy. If you are currently a pharmacy student or new to the pharmacy world, this is a great way to find potential future jobs or just to find someone to be your mentor.
What are some ways that you have found successful in networking in the pharmacy world?