The workplace is not like it used to be. The days of staying in one job long enough to collect your gold watch upon retirement are going the way of the dodo. The typical worker stays at a job for 4.6 years, according to MarketWatch. When it comes to Millennials, the average tenure is even shorter: Future Workplace found that 91% of Millennials expected to stay in a job for less than three years.
Keeping up with such changes in the workplace and maintaining meaningful connections might be difficult for some workers. One way to create new connections and meet executives with the power to change your career for the better is by attending networking events.
Networking events can be an investment in your career. They are a great place to meet new people who can help you take the next step.
Here are some popular networking events in Los Angeles:
Network After Work
Members can socialize and network with hundreds of local professionals as well as build relationships with other career-minded professionals, entrepreneurs, and businesses. In addition to socializing, event attendees can share advice, resources, and pursue leads for achieving career goals.
A mix of business and social networking, NetParty offers a fun, relaxed environment in which to create new business connections. NetParty holds multiple events, including purely business networking events, purely social events, speed networking, professional development, and more. Attendees get to check out some of the hippest venues in the area all while doing something positive for their careers.
PMI – Los Angeles Chapter
PMI is the leading organization for those that work in project management. There are over 1,500 PMI members in Los Angeles and the group offers monthly networking opportunities. The PMI-LA Chapter also offers a mentoring program to provide members with the opportunity to share their experiences and develop new project management skills.
Downtown L.A. Toastmasters
Toastmasters International is a pioneer in leadership development and communication. The local LA chapter offers an opportunity to network with local professionals as well as develop new leadership and improved public speaking skills. Members will be surrounded by other motivated professionals interested in enhancing their professional and presentation skills.
L7 is one of the largest networking organizations in LA, with over 13,000 business professional members from a variety of industries. They host monthly invite-only business cocktail mixers, mostly on the Westside. They also offer industry-specific business events. Those interested in becoming members of L7 can apply online at their website.
Don’t forget: you can also network successfully at “unconventional” events, such as the awards shows for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and the Los Angeles Business Journal, among others. Keep an eye out for industry-specific events and don’t forget your business cards!
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