Networking is a key skill in professional careers, supporting the individual’s growth and learning. However, little is known about how professionals intentionally manage the connections in their personal networks and which factors influence their decisions in connecting with others for the purpose of learning. In this article, we present a model of personal professional networking for creating a personal learning network, based on an investigation through a literature study, semi–structured interviews and a survey.
I’ve argued that becoming a good networker will be a key skill for students, in that they will need to learn how to create useful networks, to be good network members, and utilise that network in their career. This paper draws on literature and some small case studies to propose a network model, which could form the basis of developing this skill more formally in learners.