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1. Systems - noun.

A group, or system, of interconnected items or processes.

For example, a neural network.

2. Information exchange and support - individuals - organisations.

A number of associated people or organisations who share professional information and ideas.

For example, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

3. Adjective.

Describing something that is an element in a network.

For example, a network bank.

4. Verb.

To establish beneficial connections.

For example at conferences, other professional events, or less formal contacts.

Take control of your career
"[Network sometimes] feels like a dirty word...
Step one is to change your mindset. Actually attend. Go to the event, the meeting, the work social.
Networking in essence is simply having a chat. It doesn't even have to be about work or industry related things to start with.
Break the ice by talking about the weather if you have to. Remember most feel the same way about it, some just hide it better than others.
Once you build up the confidence, you can start being more strategic about the people you want to network with.

Ready to step out from behind your computer?
We do have one final piece of advice.
Praise where praise is deserved. People love to be complimented whether they admit to it or not. People will remember when you talk to them and admire their achievements if you are sincere about it.
Also remember to always recognise other people's accomplishments by giving credit where credit is due. The one thing you don't want to be remembered for is is claiming ownership of work that's not yours!
Good luck! Take control of your career today."
How to raise your personal profile - ACT Learning resources.

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