Data #2: Importance of Networking & Collaborating

As you may have read in my first blog post, networking and collaborating is important. I want to delve in a little deeper about why these two concepts are important and applicable in the real-life experiences.

A Memory
When I took the Introductory Topics in ATEC class (course #: ATEC 2320) back in the fall of 2009, I remember watching a YouTube video of a documentary on network dynamics and six degrees of separation.[1]

There is a significance in connecting with people, whether physically (as in face-to-face) or digitally (example: Facebook). I found the concepts interesting. In addition, my professor taught me that networking and collaborating are important in gaining higher chances of finding a job or working together on the next project that could catch the attention of major companies.

Why Should We Network and Collaborate?
Here are some suggestions why you should connect with people and collaborate (other than the top 2 reasons that I stated repeatedly):

  • If you are shy or introverted like me, you can strengthen your social skills.
  • If you are a college student, you can make friends and get help on homework.
  • If you do not have the skills to complete a project, you can depend on your more experienced teammate to help you.
  • You can learn something new from your teammates who are collaborating with you on a project.
  • You might come across an interesting subject and you want to share it with your friends.
  • You and your team of friends may even be able to create your own company (companies like Microsoft were founded by only a few people)![2]
  • There are too many possibilities to list here if you connect with people and work with them!

How Can We Network?
You can connect with people either by meeting them face to face or keep in touch with them through a social networking site. These days networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn are useful in keeping in touch with others. Twitter can be your personal RSS feed to see the latest updates your friends have made or to see the latest news.


  1. socialontology. (2008, November 21). YouTube – A documentary on networks, social and otherwise_Part 1. YouTube – Broadcast Yourself.. Retrieved April 19, 2011, from
  2. Wikipedia. (n.d.). Microsoft – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved April 19, 2011, from

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