6 Ways to Boost Your Career (That Don’t Involve Boring Networking Events)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more driven group of people than New Yorkers, but even we don’t want to sacrifice our weeknights to monotonous mixers and skill-building workshops. Fortunately, there are better ways to advance your professional life, and they just so happen to fit right into your normal routine.
Get out of town
If we have to spend one more networking happy hour in a generic Midtown bar, we might scream. A mansion in the Hamptons, on the other hand, we can get behind. Six Degrees Society—a group that connects like-minded women—is hosting its first-ever retreat, featuring guest speakers, (optional) workouts, goody bags and its signature “curated matches,” which pair you up, matchmaker-style, with potential mentors and protégés.
October 12 to 15, $1,550 to $1,785; sixdegreessociety.com
Rise, shine, caffeinate, learn
Fuel up on carbs, coffee and career advice before heading to work at the free women’s breakfasts hosted by LMHQ. Past speakers include the badass lady bosses from Warby Parker, Well-Read Black Girl, Pineapple Street Media and Emerge America. The monthly series kicks off in the fall with the team behind wardrobe-styling service MM.LaFleur and, as always, includes time for Q&A with the panelists and chatting with your fellow attendees. (But really, they had us at free bagels.)
September 26 at 8:30 a.m.; lmhq.nyc/events
Attend an intimate dinner party
If you ask us, the best connections are made over a meal (and, OK, a bottle of wine). Once a month, certified professional coach Jill Ozovek cooks dinner and oversees a low-key conversation on a specific theme at her home. The supper club—whose recent topics have covered “Narrative: How to talk about yourself,” “How to keep networking more top of mind” and “What am I even qualified for?”—caps each soiree between five and seven guests for partner work and small-group discussions.
Go back to school
You don’t have to take the GRE to enroll in some of the career-advancing classes that New York has to offer. Check out the scriptwriting or nonfiction seminars at Gotham Writers’ Workshop; group and private foreign-language instruction at Fluent City; or digital-marketing workshops or immersive coding boot camps at General Assembly. Besides learning a new skill, you may just meet a new collaborator.
“Sweatwork” with your tribe
OK, we’ll admit the term “sweatworking” makes us cringe a little, but there’s something to be said for the combo of endorphins and enterprise. Fitness studio/female society Uplift Studios is bringing back its annual all-day career convention, which includes discussions on topics like changing fields and getting ahead; strength workouts from Uplift and Athaya Fitness; a screening of the female-entrepreneurship documentary Dream, Girl; and of course, plenty of snacks (including wine).
Listen to the experts
Even your commute can be an opportunity to learn, thanks to podcasts by movers and shakers who have fallen down, gotten up and can't wait to share their wisdom. We recommend Open Account with SuChin Pak (for frank discussions about money), Happier with Gretchen Rubin (for insight into forming better habits), Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso (for inspiring chats with badass women) and Success! How I Did It with Alyson Shontell (for interviews with entrepreneurs and CEOs on their paths to the top). We’re feeling smarter already.