The If You Could Jobs Weekly: How to grow your creative network

As If You Could Jobs continues its deep dive into networking, our latest guide from Sarah Trounce reflects on what the purpose of a network is to begin with.

28 October 2022

Few people working in the creative industries respond enthusiastically when they hear the term ‘networking’. Maybe because it feels like a buzzword — not very conducive to natural conversation, or to creativity for that matter. Maybe you think it sounds corporate and expensive, or simply irrelevant to your own working practice. Maybe you’ve had experiences where you felt excluded from certain groups of people or certain places. But what if we put aside the verb ‘to network’ and focus on the noun instead. Let’s think about what a network actually is. Who is it? And why have one?⁠

In this month’s guide we get to grips with how to identify and understand the network you already have, how to nurture it, how to grow it, and how to contribute to other people’s working lives in the process. In this sense, we might reimagine our individual networks as one big community. Many of us in the creative industries want the same things: to earn a decent living, to do great work we can feel proud of, to meet and connect with interesting and inspiring people, to feel a sense of belonging and purpose. And yet we’re all different — we have different backgrounds, skills and ideas. When a network or community is successful, we all learn from each other, share our resources, and grow together. Let’s find out how.⁠

Click here to read the guide on how to cultivate your network on the If You Could Jobs Journal.

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