As a public servant for the Government of Canada, there are plenty of tools available for networking. We have many of the tools mentioned in Chapter 5 available as resources and many more, including blogs, groups/project team spaces and an instant messaging tool. As well, the Government has its own social media platform called GCConnex, which is strictly for Government of Canada employees.
GCConnex allows you the opportunity to be part of different subgroups like “Women in communication” and “strategic communication.” The first step in my strategy would be to update my GCconnex profile and seek out people with similar backgrounds in communications, especially women. I would also join a working group that is of interest to me like “Women in Strategic Communications” and seek out a mentor.
In person, I would task myself with participating in various seminars. Recently, there was a seminar titled HARD TRUTHS + FAKE NEWS: A timely bootcamp for users of democracy and defenders of press freedom held at the Carleton School of Journalism and Communication. One of the goals of the seminar was “frank talk and urgent collaboration as we ready ourselves for the 2019 federal election campaign.” The panel members, which included prominent journalists peaked my interest and I would have liked to attend but I unfortunately had a prior work commitment. These types of events allow you to meet like-minded people that perhaps have similar interests as you, while also allowing you to hear other points of view and allowing you to network and showcase your knowledge on the matter. If the opportunity would present itself again, I would definitely try to attend an event like this. On the other hand, there are always networking events at work that include mentoring and “coffee chats” with senior executives. Another one of my goals in the next 6-12 months would be to attend at least one of these events to get insight into how to help achieve some my career goals.