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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 - Issue #36

OUR ENTREPRENEUR SOCIETY TEAMS AT THE LEAP HIGH SCHOOL IN LANGA ARE ON TRACK TO DELIVER BUSINESS IDEAS

We checked in at the Leap Science and Maths School in Langa recently to assess how they were progressing with developing their business ideas.
 We are pleased that they are making good progress in advancing their businesses towards the October 18th Grand Finale Pitch Session.
 

WHY IS NETWORKING ESSENTIAL TO BEING A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR?

Networking is absolutely essential to being successful in business; this article gives some great insights into the benefits of networking and how you can become really good at it. 
 
Why it’s important to learn how to network
 
Most people already recognise that making connections outside of your immediate friends and family is beneficial, but they may not be able to articulate exactly why. This is called networking. The term “networking” might scare some people away, especially those who are more introverted and like to keep to themselves, since it involves getting out of your comfort zone and putting yourself out there to meet new people. 
 
However, networking is incredibly important when it comes to your career. It’s about seeking out and establishing long-term connections that are mutually beneficial, and it happens everywhere. You don’t need to stick to networking events or work conferences to be a good networker – you could find opportunities while ordering a coffee, waiting for a bus, or while at the gym. 
 
If you’re new to the whole concept or practice of networking and are feeling a bit apprehensive, push those feelings aside and put yourself out there. Here are a few reasons why it’s so important to learn how to network. 
 
It can jumpstart your career
 
If you’re fresh out of school and are just beginning your career, who you know can help you get a foot in the door rather quickly. For some industries, it’s all about who you know. While you’re in your university or college program, make as many connections as you can, both within and outside your own program. It’s good to maintain friends from your classes so you can share information about job openings or industry news, but having connections outside your circle can provide new and exciting opportunities for you. 
 
It can help you climb the ladder
 
The most connected people are often the most successful, and being well-connected can pay off in terms of your career path. It will help you develop and improve your skills pertaining to your work, help you stay on top of the latest trends and job prospects in your field, and give you more opportunities to meet partners, clients, and mentors who can offer you guidance. Networking can seriously aide with your career development, which can give you an edge when trying to climb the corporate ladder.
 
It can allow you to start your own business
 
Maybe you want to be your own boss and start your own business. Networking is crucial because it can be incredibly difficult to go on this journey completely alone. Getting help from mentors or people who have been in your shoes will be critical, as they can guide you and offer advice on how to succeed. 
 
Furthermore, networking can actually be the basis of your business, like network marketing gurus Toni Vans, who have built a wildly successful business based around the practice of networking to sell. If you choose to go this route, who you know and how you network will determine your success, so becoming an expert on the practice is key. 
 
It can offer you fresh perspectives
 
Having a large network allows you to exchange fresh ideas and get different perspectives on new practices at work or trends in your industry. Your network may offer you insight on a trend or development you wouldn’t have thought of, which can help you grow your skills, knowledge, and take your career forward.
 

SHARPEN YOUR ENTREPRENEUR SKILLS;
SIGN UP FOR THE ALLAN GRAY ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE TODAY

Registration for the Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challenge opened on 01 August and closes on 01 September.  The object of the challenge is to complete as many micro-challenges as possible to earn points, and participants are also able to engage their teachers to support them in the game.  The competition closes on 04 October and more information can be found in the leaflet below.
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