Networking

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 in Thoughts

Vancouver_graphic_design_meetup

I love talking to people, finding out what they do, discovering the similarities that you have, and meeting new people that you really connect with. Tonight was one of those nights. I went to my first meetup meeting.

There’s many a student at VFS right now who say they don’t have time for networking. They don’t see the need right now, they’re not looking for a job, they just want to get through school and worry about that later. They don’t understand that networking isn’t about getting a job, it’s about meeting new people, being inspired by their stories and their projects, and keeping up to date on what’s happening in the industry.

Maybe they think it’s scary to walk into a room of people you don’t know and introduce yourself. What they don’t know is that everyone else there did the same thing at some point, if not that particular meeting. Or maybe they’re afraid they won’t know what to talk about. That’s what snack food is for. But if you’re anything like me, once you get warmed up, the snack food will last you for two hours because you’re so enthralled in the conversation, you don’t have time to chew.

Whatever the reasons they have for not doing it now, I have the same for doing it. I’m making new friends, experiencing new places to eat, and actually getting to talk about design, instead of design school. Cheers to that!

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