I have been finding people on LinkedIn that are working in the same field as I am. However,​ I had found it difficult to engage them on topics about work. How can I bridge this gap? - Seedly
 

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Asked by Angeline Teo

Asked on 26 Apr 2019

I have been finding people on LinkedIn that are working in the same field as I am. However,​ I had found it difficult to engage them on topics about work. How can I bridge this gap?

Perhaps to put it more succinctly, I hope to find "classmates" or "coursemates" for the career I am working in. People whom I can talk to about work and how to go through difficulties regarding a particular work problem. To add on to that, I am also an introvert. It takes a lot out of me to even send an invite on LinkedIn. Any advice will be really helpful!

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John Smiths
John Smiths
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 27 Apr 2019

If you are an introvert, going through LinkedIn to find such people to approach might be a big step and not the best option for you. At your own workplace, start talking to your colleagues more and find out about industry events that they attend. Or ask them to introduce you to such people if they know of any.

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I think it would be better to join networking events if you want to connect with people in the same field.

Try to go for conferences and say hello to people during coffee breaks or after conf drinks and follow up from there.

There are also open communities that you can look for fellowships

Another way would be to ask your colleagues to introduce you to people in the same field

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Lewis Poh
Lewis Poh
Level 2. Rookie
Updated on 07 Jun 2019
  1. Just do it

There is no other way than just doing it. Don’t overthink it.

  1. Go for meetups

You can use the Meetup app to look for meetups organised by people in your industry or related career

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Lewis Poh
Lewis Poh

on 27 Apr 2019

There’s a bug to the numbering