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  1. #1 I don't understand networking 
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    I've talked to a few people and I think I get the basic gist that you talk to a bunch of people in your field, some outside, make friends and then you have a 'network' of people with certain skills you can fall back on when you need it and your own ability in that area is insufficient and vice versa when they need you.


    However, practically, for some reason, I just can't fathom it. Or maybe I don't want to. I don't know. Maybe it's my background/upbringing. I haven't thought about it too much. All I know is that it's important and the few people I have asked about it, I couldn't fully understand the concept. Like who do I do it with? Why is it really that important? How do I do it? And is it really worth it if I find the person disagreeable in some way?


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    I don't understand your problem. If you have such contacts, they can be used for technical discussions as well as future employment opportunities. Without them these things are much harder.


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    My problem is how to do any of that, or why it is worth the effort? I could spend that time improving my own skills or profile which is more guaranteed than the potential that others MAY help me. I said most of that in my first post already.
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    If you have a perfect job and don't expect to change, then networking may not be needed. Unfortunately the real world isn't like that.
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    Well seems like I am getting highly varying answers from all the various places that I have asked.


    Just to be clear, I am not saying I don't talk to anyone who likes to or enjoys speaking to me or that I don't help when asked for. But I really don't feel comfortable going out of my way to go to parties or unnecessarily engage people because all I ever feel is that everybody gets piss drunk or there is simply bland, low level, gossip, respectively or perhaps somewhat overlapping.


    I think my time would be better spent honing my core skills. Networking seems more chance based than that and I haven't quite gotten a particularly motivational answer to make me seek a more active role in it than what I have described.
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    There are more ways to network than going to parties.
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    For example?
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    Quote Originally Posted by random_soldier1337 View Post
    For example?
    Talk to coworkers. Go to conferences. Join an organization related to your field of interest.
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