How many times have you said to yourself, “I can do that job”? Well, networking is the key to helping you achieve that. It’s about getting out your head and moving your body. Networking is the exchange of information and ideas among people with a common profession or special interest, usually in an informal social setting. Networking often begins with a single point of common ground. Here at AT&T, we have the privilege to work with a company that likes to grow from within and supports networking platforms. I have had the great experience to network and establish great friendships with people I’ve never physically met before.
I had the awesome opportunity to meet and network with a diverse group of people throughout AT&T by attending the Management Development Program (MDP) of 2017, where I initially only knew 3 people. I fought the butterflies that formed in my stomach and introduced myself to others, taking me out my comfort zone. That uncomfortableness was so well worth it. I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, and we had one thing in common and that was AT&T. Once I returned from MDP, I was given an amazing opportunity to be a part of Michelle Jordan’s Culture Council, where I met Shaquana Guillot, aka Shaq, from Miami. Shaq and I have been on other Culture Councils, as well as becoming Sales Coach Managers around the same time. We have become great supporters of each other and continue to keep each other lifted in positivity.
That being said, let me introduce myself. My name is Lala. I’m from sunny San Diego. I’ve been with the company for 20 years. I’ve had the privilege to be a Service Representative for 17 and a successful Sales Coach for almost 3 years. So you may be asking yourself, “How is this going to help me?” Well, let’s begin.
If you like a job, or interested in a job within the company, there are several resources for you to use. The most amazing way to see who, what & where the jobs you’re interested in are; check Career Development. You can find its direct link in HR OneStop. Here you can create a vision for yourself, explore options, develop skills, and take action with staying connected to people in the job you like. Take advantage of workshops, trainings and additional career tools. Use HR OneStop to educate yourself! AT&T provides free courses in the Personal Learning Experience (PLE) link.
Due to the pandemic, the new normal is making these connections through social media & Webex chats. If you don’t already have one, start a Twitter or Instagram (IG) page. I have made tons of new friends, supporters, and co-workers through social media. Those social media platforms are easy to use and free!
Finally, joining one of the 12 different Employee Groups (EG) that you best identify with is another good way to network. I choose to identify with The NETwork, which is the oldest Employee Group within AT&T. The NETwork encourages African Americans and other diverse individuals to attain their personal and professional goals to lead change in our communities. There is an EG for you, just go to HR OneStop.
To become a premier leader you have to grow yourself through the opportunities that networking provides. Take a chance on yourself and build that confidence. Meet someone new, in a different department. Send an email, have an online chat, or send a DM. Ask questions, because what I like to say is, “A closed mouth don’t get fed!” So, if you need help or are having trouble, I’m just an email away. Stay safe. BE TRUE, BE YOU! Follow me on Twitter @beautybytraloni.