Growing Connections

the ability to extend and expand professional networks and develop weak ties, including online and face-to-face ‘networking’.

Growing connections focusses on fostering embeddedness into a wide professional network, and the development of initial, weak, one-to-many, and indirect professional ties. These ties are important for exposure to new ideas, knowledge, industry trends, and career opportunities, and when strengthened they are the foundation for professional collaboration, learning and ongoing career-enhancing relationships such as mentoring. Growing connections can involve activities such as: joining and participating in professional, industry and interest groups; face-to-face professional networking; the development of a digitally mediated professional identity and sharing of content through social media; and informational interviewing.

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