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Max Pfennings

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Discuss your career progression, seek advice on your next steps and how to make the most of opportunities. Just started a job? Share your pride with the network!

Creating motorsport network

Posted by: MaxPfennings - Posted: January 12, 2021

Hi everybody,

My name is Max Pfennings, I’m 17 years old and I have started to create motorsport and automotive network on LinkedIn.

I already have +140 connections and I would like to expand my network. Feel free to add me on LinkedIn as we could help each other in the future!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/max-pfennings/

I want to work in the Automotive or Motorsport industry down the line and next year I will start college in the Netherlands and I will study Business Innovation.

I also have a question for professionals, how can I expand my network in these industries even more as I am already expanding on LinkedIn

With kind regards

Max Pfennings

Comments

Good Afternoon Max, welcome to the network!

Great to hear that you have started to reach out to people in the motorsport industry and build your own ‘bank’ of contacts. Having a range of contacts in the motorsport industry will support the development of your career and is what really ‘makes motorsport tick’, it is very much a small and ‘close-knit’ industry but at the same time covers a very large part of the world.

Here are a few quick pointers and some things to bear in mind (and were also speaking generally here for the benefit of our network) with networking in motorsport, or any industry for that matter:

1. We always recommend that people don’t try to make contacts for the sake of having contacts…it’s better to have 10 connections that are relevant and that you communicated with that 100 connections that are not. Take my personal LinkedIn profile for an example…I have over 1100 connections and I must only communicate with 1-2% of them…it’s a sad part of social media/networking…focus on quality and relevancy…people simply want to connect for the sake of it, here at Student Motorsport were all about actions and goal setting.
2. Are the connections that you/people make useful and relevant to your interests and career? Ask yourself are your connections needed/valid?
3. It’s best to make contact with someone/an organisation and start a positive relationship that is beneficial to you both…it’s all about supporting others and the benefits will come your way, think of what you can do for them as a priority.
4. The support, answers to questions or benefits you need from your connections won’t always come immediately…be patient and polite, we are all busy.
5. Of the connections you have made have you actually ‘networked’ with anyone, ‘stuck up’ a conversation?
6. You just never know when you may need the support of a contact that you may have, this support may come from a connection you made months or even years ago…remember to look after your network and we hope also you’ll remember this conversation and advice in years to come.

Let’s see what the other members in the network come up with?

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