the term 'networking' used to make me break out into a rash, but i have learned over the years that i am good at it and can make connections that benefit me and others rather effortlessly. which is even more impressive when you consider that most of my anxiety is brought on by new social situations.
today was another one of those opportunities that i managed to walk myself into. i have spent the last two days at a course at the university and met a lot of interesting people from various sides of the same industry. there were a lot of opportunities to participate in discussions and as they related not only to my current jobs, but to my previous jobs abroad as well, i offered a lot of examples and asked a number of questions.
at the end of the day (and after we had a mini 'graduation'), the convener of the training approached me and invited me to become more involved in his local organisation that consults on international development projects and mentioned that he needs a new board member, hinting that i could potentially be it. i am not sure exactly what that would entail or if i would be a suitable candidate, but i am definitely going to look into it. i always thought board members were old people with grey hair and lengthy cv's, not 28 year olds who just like to talk!