When I started this blog, I wanted it to help a particular audience rather than a particular skill set.
I had analysts like me in mind — those who struggled transitioning into a data-heavy role.
While much of the blog has taken shape in Excel blogging, I still intend to focus on more than any single topic — because no analyst can just depend on his Excel skills for career development.
Networking interests me in a similar way that Excel does — namely, that my experience as an analyst varied greatly from my expectations as a student.
In fact, what I learned about networking was likely even more destructive. Because while I just didn’t learn enough about Excel, I learned the wrong things about networking.
I thought it was all about slapping backs and kissing babies. I thought I had to talk about sports. But most destructively, I thought I had to “get” something.
People in careers like finance, accounting, and operations are so focused on the bottom line that they struggle to see networking as anything other than a transaction.
“What’s the point of networking if I don’t need a job? Why help someone if I’m not getting paid?”
I want to show analysts why networking is important — and how to do it. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a slap-happy baby-kisser to be good at it.
I hear a course coming…
As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.