By Olympia Newman, Director of Leadership Programs
Now more than ever, young professionals are looking for connection, so it’s no surprise there are many more associations catering to this unique group.
The Dallas Regional Chamber’s Young Professionals (YP), a group of more than 400 members from diverse industries and backgrounds, is your go-to option for connection. YP members are committed to four core pillars — policy, networking, service, and leadership — so you’re set for long-term personal and professional growth.
Here are four ways to make the most of your YP experience:
- Attend events
YP membership is events-based, and events take place at least once a month. While members can pick and choose which events they want to attend, taking advantage of as many events as possible gives you the best experience. You will never discover a new interest unless you expose yourself to things outside your comfort zone.
- Network, network, network
Let’s face it — who really enjoys networking? It can make us feel phony and uncomfortable, but networking is a necessity that leads to more robust professional opportunities and connections. Each YP event has a networking component, so you’ll be a more confident networker in no time. The best networkers are active listeners and connectors, so when you are not the expert, look for ways to connect others.
- Take initiative
What better way to gain professional development than by taking advantage of opportunities others overlook. Volunteer for speaking roles at a YP event or moderate a panel. Also apply for LEAD YP, a six-month leadership development program, or consider joining the YP Advisory Council. Stepping up will allow you to develop skills in public speaking, collaboration, and leadership which you can leverage in advancing your career.
- Get others to join you
YP events are more fun when you’re surrounded by familiar faces. Don’t forget to ask your friends and colleagues to join YP, too. The only requirement is you must be age 22-40.
Joining YP is a fun and rewarding experience, but you get out of it what you put in. Make the most of your YP membership by being visible and stepping up! Learn more about YP here.