Joining Clubs for Career Women: A Great Way to Network
Have you ever noticed that as an adult you have a much harder time meeting new people (especially other women)? For one thing, you simply aren’t exposed to as many new people in your daily life as you were during your school days. But even beyond that, women sometimes have a hard time relating to each other without a certain level of wariness. Whether this is because of personal baggage, a generally competitive nature, or some weird biological function that causes us to be uncontrollably catty in response to meeting new women, it can definitely be hard to bond with those of our own gender after adolescence (ladies, you know what I’m talking about). And yet, this doesn’t preclude us from developing deep and meaningful relationships with other women, or even being friendly with acquaintances of the professional variety. It may simply mean that we have to work a little harder. And a great way to start is by joining a club.
For professional women looking to expand their rolodex (or rather, the contact lists on their smart phones), joining a career club, especially one that is geared towards their particular industry or occupation, may be the best way to meet other women in the field and get some sisterly love on. While women in the workforce are definitely well ahead of where they were even a couple of decades ago in terms of employment opportunities, job security, and the ability to break through the glass ceiling, the unfortunate truth of the matter is that women still face challenges in getting the same pay as men, as well as climbing the corporate ladder. In this respect, we can work together to overcome. And immersing yourself in a network of women who are willing to help each other could create a more enlightened corporate world for all of us.
But how do you go about finding such a club, much less joining one? Luckily, you have the internet at your disposal. While you could certainly head down to your local community center or ask around at the office, you might have better luck if you start out by joining industry forums for women (you’d be surprised by how many targeted groups you can find when you look). From there, you can likely narrow your search to members within your area and consider setting up group meetings to share ideas and information, and possibly even form business collaborations.
Of course, you don’t really need to meet in person these days. While it’s certainly nice to have a face to go with a name, and nothing will help you to form invested relationships better than shaking hands and looking people in the eyes, these throwbacks to an era before the internet are no longer required to network effectively (they’re just kind of reassuring). You can now email, chat, and Skype with other female professionals as a way to solidify the bonds of professional networking and keep your club going. So if you’re looking for ways to meet other women in your field and develop mutually beneficial business relationships, joining a career club might just be your best bet.
Breana Orland writes for The Guestlist Club where you can find info on top London clubs like China White.