Your professional network is incredibly valuable in order to get ahead. With a strong professional net work, you will have more professional and personal opportunities. More people will root for you and want to support you. This posts shares how you can increase the value of your professional network.
For 10 years I acted as a mentor to incoming analysts or associates at one of the two investment banks I worked for.
Being a mentor was rewarding and a way to help younger folks navigate the often terrifying waters of a cutthroat work environment.
One of the main pieces of advice I gave was this: You should spend as much time selling yourself internally as you do externally. 50/50.
What I noticed during my career was that those who zoomed up the corporate ladder always seemed to have the strongest networks, regardless of whether or not they were the best producer.
The majority of people hate to network. They believe hard work is enough to get ahead. Unfortunately, from a career and financial perspective, networking is vital if you want to outperform.
There is no true meritocracy.