Learn to love networking

At the end of the (work) day, you may still need to network. Look for seminars and workshops hosted by industry-specific groups. LinkedIn and Eventbrite also list meetups by area. Juanita Sorrano was in finance when she attended a Women Who Code event, which gave her the confidence to enroll in a coding boot camp. “The gathering convinced me I wanted to be part of the industry,” she says. The power of people (a.k.a. mentors) to help you when you’re stuck is undeniable, Shnek Lippman says. Find someone you want to emulate and ask them about their career trajectory. After all, Ettus points out, “networking is just a fancy word for helping people.” Remember you have to give to get.

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