Some people are just natural networkers. They gravitate toward other people and are great at leveraging those relationships to gain more relationships. This is not me. In fact, if it were up to me I would work from home every day and interact solely with my dog and the mailman. I’m partially kidding, of course. For those of us who struggle with networking, I’ve found it helpful to really examine the value derived from such an activity.
I was in Chicago recently for the mid-point training of Willis Towers Watson’s Risk Management Analyst (RMA) program. This program consists of 21 recently hired young professionals who are just entering the industry and includes training, mentoring and an opportunity to rotate across business divisions for 18 months before choosing a specific field. As if the program itself wasn’t valuable enough, it also provides the added benefit of a starter-kit network, consisting of 21 highly motivated and talented young individuals who will ultimately be placed in a variety of roles around the country and possibly the globe. Does having a global network sound appealing? Absolutely.
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