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Networking is essential for any professional, including those in the field of education. This term can be literally translated into Portuguese as “network of contacts”, and it characterizes a connection that benefits both parties.
The networking allows you to meet other professionals in your area – some more experienced – and maintain old contacts. This helps to share information and work experiences.
As a result, these interactions provide valuable lessons for career development and professional growth. In addition, it is also possible to keep up to date on news in education and even find new opportunities for action in the area.
So, discover in this article some tips on how to do special networking for education professionals!
What you will find in this article:
Participate in events
One of the most efficient and common ways of networking is to participate in events focused on education. On these occasions, a group of people with similar professional profiles, backgrounds and careers come together to discuss issues relevant to their work.
This makes it much easier to find the right people to share educational experiences and practices. Because the objectives of the participants when participating in professional events are generally similar and everyone is in the same space, which facilitates contact.
You can attend festivals, congresses, fairs, conferences, lectures, among other types of events to connect with other professionals. A good example is the New E-ducation.
This festival will take place in 2020 in a fully online and immersive format, which is unprecedented in Brazil. It will count with the participation of several invited specialists who will approach varied subjects and educators from all over the country.
It is a great opportunity for all education professionals who are looking for news and who wish to develop new skills to deal with changes in the area.
Investing in courses is perhaps one of the most important tips that we can suggest. In addition to bringing new learning and helping to develop skills to become an ever better educator, they are great opportunities to expand your networking.
Specializations, workshops, short courses that aim to ensure the continuing education of teachers, for example, are generally sought after by people who seek to acquire or improve specific knowledge and strengthen their networking.
In other words, this is a rich environment in which professionals are interested in developing, are open to sharing ideas, have similarities and work. So, you benefit in several ways.
When choosing a course, be careful to choose those that bring subjects that will help in your day to day work. As much as any knowledge is always valid, it is essential to prioritize what will bring the most significant contributions to your career.
Create a LinkedIn profile
Today, social networks are not just for cultivating personal relationships. LinkedIn is proof of that. It was created specifically to be used in a professional context.
In this network, professionals from all over the world can connect and exchange ideas, inform data relevant to their careers – training, professional history, language skills – as if it were a curriculum, and make posts.
If you find it difficult to attend an event, either because it happens in cities far from your own, or because you can’t be away from work, LinkedIn can be a way out.
However, it must be kept in mind that this social network should not be used for personal purposes. Use LinkedIn to show that you have mastery of your field, seek tips from more experienced professionals and share content that is relevant and useful to those who have less experience in the field.
Take advantage of other social media tools
Even though LinkedIn is more recommendable for networking, that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of other social networks for that. Taking care not to mix your personal and professional life too much and transmit a negative image to your co-workers, parents and guardians of students, they are interesting tools to achieve this goal.
On Facebook, for example, you can create a page to post information about your career and everyday life working at a school. Offer tips, respond to followers when they comment on your posts or send private messages, create educational posts that address complex topics in your area.
Thus, in addition to contributing to the training and development of less experienced professionals, you show your mastery over the area. In a way, it is one more way to continue acting as an educator.
There are several social networking options. Look for the ones that you already use, the one that is most appropriate for your profile and offers the necessary resources to convey your ideas in an appropriate way to the right people.
Join communities of online educators
It is already possible to find on the internet platforms and websites aimed especially at educators and teachers who wish to keep in touch with their peers to exchange ideas. There are spaces even within some social networks, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram groups.
These professionals interact in these spaces by learning and teaching strategies to improve the learning of their students and their pedagogical practices. This resource is interesting because it is very practical and already aims to promote dialogues between teachers and educators.
As much as it is possible to do this using other means, it is much easier to start a conversation when the professionals are already in an environment made for this. In the case of platforms dedicated to bringing educators together, there are special features that can further optimize interactions.
Good networking helps a lot to improve your work. After all, when discussing common problems, getting to know other teachers’ experiences, sharing and discovering new methodologies and practices, you start looking at situations from different perspectives and can find more creative solutions in the face of challenges.
Since we are dealing with networking, take the opportunity to like our Facebook page. There you can find interesting information about education and get to know other professionals in the field.