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People aren't born networkers although they are occasionally born into a network. It is not a dark art, it is not something that only certain people can do and it is something that will be important for the whole of your career.

The benefits of growing and using your network will reward you with jobs, great experiences and often friends for life, the best things about networking is that anyone can do it.

We have outlined some tips for networking and the focus is on getting your first job in the creative industries, at different stages of your career you will network for different reasons but at all stages the majority of principles outlined here will apply.

Networking tips

First up, understand the limits of your existing network. Over 2.5 million people in the UK work in our creative economy, chances is are you'll know.

If you don't, you will definitely know someone who knows someone. But you won't find out unless you ask them. Try a Facebook status update, talk to parents friends, ask your teachers or tutors, you might end up getting in touch with your friend from primary school who's godfather works in Holland at a branding company. Sounds ridiculous, but it's true.