I'd like to stress the "career" in the title.
It was for people with careers to further their careers and find jobs in that career.
I don't have much of a career.
So for the purpose of most of the exercises, I went with "transportation/logistics".
I've been a courier for about 2 years, it's all the "career" I have. It's not what I want to do for the rest of my life, but it's what I have experience in.
What I really need right now is a job. Or a way to break into a career. But that's another post.
The instructors gave us several different ways to network within our careers. Ways to further our careers and so forth.
Most of the stuff I learned didn't really transfer well to being a courier.
But what I did notice is that it transfered quite well to being a linguist/translator.
In fact, I'm doing almost everything right to further my career as a professional Klingon translator.
- Join professional organizations. Wear lapel pins. Et cetera.
I'm also a member of Klingon Assault Group (and a member of thier Klingon Language Guild), The Empire, and KlingonSpace.
- Use LinkedIn!
I even have my profile available in Klingon!
- Other stuff that I'm doing that I don't remember the "category" of...
Twitter. My first paid translation gig was through twitter. For a while, I read every tweet that used the word "Klingon". One such tweet contained a request for a Klingon translator. Next thing I know I have a job.
I have 333 followers on Twitter (I just looked, I don't memorize the number). They're all aware (or should be...) that I speak Klingon. My twitter bio clearly states my professional status, and every third Wednesday of the month, I tweet exclusively in Klingon.
I have made several new language-related contacts through twitter.
Part of networking is just getting your name out there. My e-mail signature (and my signatures in my various groups) state that I'm a translator and link to my Google Profile.
And as I mentioned, I'll be dong so again this coming July.
So if Klingon translators were in higher demand, I'd probably have a job by now.