Grow in confidence with networking - for work and business
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: CEN03
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Networking professionally has become even more important in these troubled times for both businesses and individuals, and at present online networking has become the main source of connecting with others. This course is for people who struggle with networking, but recognise the value that improving their networking skills would bring to their working lives.
Discover how networking can help you thrive as an employee or business owner, or how it can help you in the job seeking and career change process. Learn easy and effective networking techniques which will save you time and energy, and move you freely towards achieving your work and business goals.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• The value of networking in the world of work
• Mapping and assessing your network
• Effective networking techniques
• How you can use networking to achieve your goals
• Formulating your networking message
• Informational interviewing
• Growing your network.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Recognise the value of networking in your working life; how it can help you as an employee, business owner, job seeker or career changer
• Map your current network easily
• Gain knowledge of effective networking techniques
• Identify ways in which networking can help you achieve your work or business aspirations
• Start using a clear and effective networking message to realise your potential
• Make the most of a networking opportunity through informational interviewing
• Gain insight into how to grow your network effectively.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior training, experience or skills are necessary, just the ability to follow simple verbal and written instructions and a willingness to contribute verbally to group discussions and question and answer sessions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course is very interactive. The learning will take place through sharing ideas, group discussions, question and answer sessions and individual written exercises. Work outside of the class may be suggested but is voluntary.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There is no additional cost. Please have a pen and blank paper handy and if possible some coloured felt tips or coloured pencils too.
The exercises and handouts will be on Google Classroom, so it is suggested you print them before the course starts and have them to hand during the course, or if you can’t print them, then have some blank sheets of paper and pen with you to write down your answers to questions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Creating your own portfolio career, is self-employment for me?, career change workshop, developing a successful business plan, create your elevator pitch,an introduction to project management, business skills for creative businesses, developing and managing your brand, brand identity.
Lila is a Career Counsellor and Educator with over 20 years' experience supporting people with career, employability, and personal development issues. These include career happiness, identifying natural skills and talents, self-employment, networking and career choice. Lila started her career in the retail business as a Merchandiser and Buyer. After 10 years Lila realised she needed her own career happiness, which meant the freedom to manage her own career, as well as working in a profession where she could help people in a meaningful way. She retrained as a Career Counsellor, gaining an MSc from Birkbeck College, London. This led her to create her own portfolio career, working within many interesting public and private sector organisations and also running her own business supporting individual clients. Lila has developed, written and delivered bespoke workshops and courses to learners of all ages within FE colleges, charities and businesses. She especially enjoys the diversity of City Lit students' backgrounds.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.