Networking can be a touchy topic for most people- it seems to always be professionals’ #1 tip to finding career success. However, there aren’t always reliable avenues to pursue networking opportunities. The Black EOE Journal weighs in on this topic by providing insight on this topic stating:
“Collin Mays, a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), an organization committed to supporting professionals in the field of public administration, recounts his experience joining a professional organization committed to public service:
‘I joined NFBPA because I believe in the overall mission. Often, black public administrators are not highlighted for their work. My goal is to help promote our profession and encourage the next generation of black public administrators. I realized that to pursue that, networking is essential to your career success. Of course, I encourage everyone to pursue as much education as possible. However, while education is the foundation of success, ultimately networking will help you land your next job and advance through your career. You never get anywhere if people don’t know you.'”
Read more about the value of networking from the Black EOE Journal here.