I used to think of a young professional as someone who is young and working in a professional field. Although that is still true, the meaning has evolved into incorporating anyone working in a professional environment, white-collar position, or conducts themselves professionally.
Young professionals can include anyone from recent graduates to accountants or sales associates to entrepreneurs. As Quinte Young Professionals, we consider this anyone whose main objectives in life are to build a career, grow their personal and professional networks, build skills, and be involved in the community.
Like it or not, people buy you as a person first – not what you are selling. We like to do business with people we know and networking or WOM (word-of-mouth) gives the results. This is one of the driving forces behind QYP and why we try to incorporate a social or entertainment aspect to our events.
Try to think of networking with other young professionals as getting to know them. It is much easier to remember Jon Smith who loves his dog and has two girls who like figure skating than Jon Smith certified accountant that can do my taxes next year. Yes, he wants to do your taxes and have you as a client, but it often takes several connections at multiple events to get there. You don’t hire Jon because he is an accountant, you hire him because you feel like you know him!
If you need to increase sales/commission, generate new clients, increase your knowledge base, develop potential employment connects, or just have a drive to know like-minded individuals, Quinte Young Professionals is where you start. We are noticing a growing trend of Young Professional Organizations (YPOs) across Ontario as part of an action plan to engage youth and aid in youth retention.
We have a vision of youth (18-39) from Quinte working together to have a voice in the community. By creating a proactive and well connected group, we can work together to advocate within our business community and build our careers through referrals. Of course, have a little fun too!
See you at our next event!
Marketing & Events Coordinator, Consulting Assistant
Small Business Centre
284B Wallbridge-Loyalist Rd, Belleville