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Find belonging outside of your company

Updated: Sep 8, 2023

Are you feeling disconnected and lonely at your startup job? You're not alone. Working at a small company can often leave employees feeling isolated, but it doesn't have to be that way. Finding a sense of belonging within the industry can bring overall work satisfaction and improve your mental health. One way to do this is by joining groups and networks outside of your company.

These communities offer the chance to connect with diverse professionals, network with potential mentors, and gain insights that can help you grow both personally and professionally. The benefits of networking are clear: it can lead to career growth, job opportunities, and even lifelong friendships.

But how do you find these communities? Here are some tips:

Attend industry events:

Conferences, meetups, and other events are great opportunities to meet like-minded professionals. Keep an eye out for events in your area and make an effort to attend them.

Join online groups:

LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media platforms have groups dedicated to specific industries and professions. However, these groups often don't provide meaningful networking and mentorship opportunities. If we may, the Collaboratory Career Hub's Catalyst Community was purpose-built to provide a community for biotech employees to find belonging in the industry, to raise overall satisfaction.


Volunteering for industry associations or non-profits can be a great way to meet other professionals and gain experience.

Connect with alumni:

If you went to college, reach out to your alumni network. Many universities have alumni groups dedicated to specific industries.

Be open to new experiences:

Don't limit yourself to only networking with people in your field. Attend events and join groups that are outside of your comfort zone. You never know who you might meet and what opportunities may arise.

Building a network takes time and effort, but the benefits are worth it. Not only can it lead to career growth and job opportunities, but it can also provide a sense of belonging and community. So, take that step today and start building connections that truly matter!

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