What is networking? Keeping the literal meaning aside (since we’re all familiar with that), networking is an underrated and often overlooked step in our career development. With the advent of technology and its increased relevance in almost all fields, online networking is the latest trend. The healthcare sector is slowly warming up to the idea of online networking. It is the need of the hour to step up our online involvement because by doing so, we’re ensuring at least one of the following benefits:
1. Real-time connection with your fellow peers
Thanks to a whole new world of digital apps, no one is too far to connect anymore. Having a strong online presence within your peers and/or students is extremely beneficial for your career. It’s a symbiotic relationship, where both parties exchange knowledge and experience. Connection keeps the sector alive and thriving. Online networking is the easiest and nearly always free method to strengthen your bond with other healthcare workers.
2. Improved visibility and business opportunities
Perhaps the greatest advantage of an online networking portal is exposure. The more you are connected to the outer world, the more they know about you and what you have to offer. You can build an image for yourself on such apps. Your reputation can receive a boost upon being referred to by a mutual connection on your network. It’s worth mentioning that online visibility also helps you transcend borders and connect globally or open up business opportunities in the pharma world.
3. Seek or give professional advice
An online networking portal provides you with a platform to obtain professional advice as well as real feedback from like-minded members of the fraternity. Uploading case-studies of real-life patients is an excellent way of sharing new diagnoses and treatment methods among healthcare members. Since students also make a substantial percentage of our healthcare sector, networking and reaching out to them with your knowledge can contribute to their bright future. Sharing experiences, mistakes, as well as the lessons learned, constitutes professional advice. Networking brings us together when we share, which strengthens our sector.
4. Staying updated on the latest advancements in the medical field
It goes without saying that before any news comes in print, it’s trending on #1 on social media. The healthcare sector is fairly dependent on research, so staying updated on new research developments happening across the globe is imperative. With the help of some apps, you are only a click away from the latest updates on various guidelines, new equipment and devices entering the health market and other technological services being implemented in hospitals and clinics. You can learn as well as track the latest trends as per your convenience and gain on business profits.
Online apps are powerful resources and we, the healthcare workers, have to start using it to our advantage. Online networking and health-related portals are the ultimate tools for us. We can connect with everyone, expand our businesses, exchange valuable knowledge, stay up-to-date with all advancements happening in our sector. It’s a long term investment with definite returns and rewards for all of us in the future!