#trulondon? An unconference for some, a normal networking event for others, but an amazing, life changing experience for me.
I remember that moment I walked in the networking event room with my university friend. I am very confident and communicative, but seeing all those people around me so engaged in their conversations made me suddenly feel lost. I stayed in a corner, luckily Sam (@ChairmanSam) approached us few minutes after and started to explain the ‘meet me’ cards stuff. We engaged in a nice conversation, however I felt that there was far more to do and discover at that event.
Everyone seemed to be deep into their conversations and I kept starring at them and thinking: I cannot approach people just like that, I do not know them, I am too young, they are discussing important topics, what could I talk to them about? I was standing with the impression that they are a group of experienced Recruiters and I could never get in there.
Luckily again, my career advisor from university came and literally dragged me and my friend into the crowd. She started to introduce us to everyone there. How great was it to discover that I was surrounded by Recruiters, HR Specialists and Recruitment Software Developers…I thought Wow! This industry is big!!!
A question kept crossing my mind though – why, as a final year student aiming to get in the working life within a couple months, am I not able to network properly? Because I actually have never done it! LinkedIn? Twitter? At that time my profiles were maximum a week old. I then realised the importance of networking and I decided that I had to do something about it.
The biggest surprise came when my university friend approached me regarding the #trugrad mentoring scheme. A few students from our university were about to be allocated mentors to guide us in our graduate job search while showing us the benefits of social media. Great stuff!
I left #trulondon pleased with the good taste of networking and the curiosity and excitement of finding out who my mentor was…