“Sustain Your Career, You Can—Network, You Must”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

With a rapidly changing and disruptive economy, many people find it challenging to find meaningful work to sustain one’s career.  Employers continue cutting costs, using new ‘automation’ to augment or even replace former human resources activities, and push their employees to long hours and more stringent methods of measuring value-added.  Nonetheless, with unemployment relatively low (depending on which economist’s data you read), career changers and job hunters can still embrace an opportunity to explore new options…if they consistently network.

Part of our value to our employer (and future ones) is our network.

  • If we put off building and nurturing our connections, letting employers and the tasks they want done completely preoccupy us, dictating the use of all our time, they keep us from making our own professional (and personal) development a priority and make us vulnerable to exigencies and cycles of the economy and the employer.
  • Furthermore, innovation and creativity often comes from new directions, ‘mistakes’ of bumping into an event, idea or person we wouldn’t have if we’d not taken the risk to make new connections and share ideas and activities with people we don’t ‘normally’ run into.

Ken Soper will share networking insights as he reflects on his 40 years in providing career coaching, counsel and work search guidance, hobnobbing with world experts who, through simple networking, became his friends and peers, including the late Richard N. Bolles, author of the What Color Is Your Parachute? books.  Woven into the evening will be networking activity and takeaways to help each person take steps to sustain their career in 2018.  His comments will reflect ideas that are ‘soon-to-be-published’ in the book he’s writing, The TOYASE Way: Finding Work and Staying Employable in a Disruptive Economy (working title).  Each person attending can sign up to get a free ebook copy of the book when published later this year (target is mid-summer or earlier).

We meet at St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church, 6477 Ada Drive SE.  Because of the traffic typically found at rush hour after work, we moved our start time back to 5:30.  We’d urge you to ‘leave a little earlier’ to get to our location. 

  • A modest $5 donation at the door helps us keep these events affordable for everyone; we can accept credit/debit cards.  We will provide a receipt for your tax preparation as our sponsor, EaRN, is an IRS-recognized 501c3 non-profit organization.
  • See the evening’s schedule and map in the column to the right.

RSVP now using the RED “Register Now” button to the right on this page.  (Doing so helps us plan refreshments, materials, and event seating arrangements and manage our event budget.   Thanks.)

Each NetWork 2 NewWork event presentation is woven together, an orchestrated networking opportunity, to expand and strengthen your network and that of those you meet, because they get to know you and you them–more an art than a science.

Take advantage of networking opportunities and food by coming right at beginning of the event, then continue after the presentation to practice your skills and developing habits essential to building a powerful and giving network.

At each event there is also the opportunity to get a LinkedIn “headshot” at the event for a modest donation.  Check with the volunteer at the Sign-In Table when you arrive if you’re interested.

This marks the 6th year (since July 2012) the support of EaRN Employment and Resource Network has helped us keep these events FREE.

These NW2NW events always have an underlying theme–we’re increasing becoming aware how at-will employment makes us all self-employed free agents, focusing on all forms of work—as an employee, contract worker, staffing firm associate, consultant, business owner, entrepreneur, and volunteer—and that continuous networking is critical to finding work and staying employable in this new economy.

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Hosted by St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church & EaRN

  • Check-in, food & networking:   5:30-6:15 pm
  • Presentation, 6:15-7:30 pm~
  • More food & networking:  7:30-7:55 pm
  • Door Prize Drawings: 7:55-8:00 pm