Oct 29, 2018

Written By Hamza Malik

Getting the most out of internal groups and organisations

Oct 29, 2018

Written By Hamza Malik

From LGBT networks to specific interest groups, there are numerous internal networks within firms. Here’s how to get the most out of them and use them for networking.

What are internal groups?

Today’s business world isn’t just about profit and work—it’s about making everyone feel included and welcome within a diverse workforce. People from many different countries, races, religions, sexual identities, genders and backgrounds are becoming qualified lawyers, and they are more broadly represented than ever before in firms.

Along with minority networks, there are also be specific-interest groups, ranging from university-alumni groups to specialist legal-area groups—for those with a keen interest in environmental law, for example.

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Why get involved?

Much like the societies you joined in university, getting involved with these groups and networks will provide a personal and professional boost. They help people feel comfortable, allow their voices to be heard and also give other employees the opportunity to learn about people who are different from them. In addition, leadership involvement in these groups helps employees to find role models and mentors.

Increasing your connections is always a good idea—your career could massively benefit from just one person giving you a chance to prove yourself. You can ask fellow group members interesting and relevant questions about the legal profession, and get their contact information so you can stay in touch. Finding someone who knows about the career stage you’re going through will be immensely helpful.

Maximising your membership

Getting to know people isn’t enough; you must impress them and make yourself stand out. Demonstrate that your group membership alone isn’t why you should begiven advice and consideration—rather, you have the drive and the capability toprogress in your career. This may lead to you finding mentors, and opportunities tobe involved in projects. Put in time and effort in and be confident—a lot of the people in these groups are, or have been, in the same situation as you.

Equally important is the fact that these groups are there to offer you support, comfort and a place where you can be open and comfortable. Your personal issues or any hardships you face will be familiar to quite a few people in these groups, who will be there to support you and make you feel included. Communicate, and your voice will be heard.

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