A professional network is a group of people who are connected to one another.  Members, often referred to as contacts or connections, have mutually supportive relationships. Individuals can help one another in a variety of ways. While many think of networking as a means to learning about employment opportunities, networking can be useful hroughout one's career. 

Below you will find a list of the fifteen (15) Career and Technology Education (CTE) recognized industry sectors, a resource list of associations related to your field of study, and some helpful information about the importance of networking to your career advancement.



The LAGCC Board of Director's (LAGCC BOD) is devoted to promoting leaders of tomorrow by extending their know-how to students today.  That is why they have authorized a new initiative to connect college student to the professional world.   

Los Angeles Gateway "STUDENT" Chamber of Commerce


To learn more about the requirements of this program contact Sonya Dilbeck - LAGSCC Student Representative to the LAGCC Board of Directors at 310-233-4042 or careerpathway@lahc.edu


Campus Community

Los Angeles Harbor College Associate Student Organization (ASO)

Los Angeles Harbor College Alumni & Friends Association (AFA)


Regional Chambers of Commerce - Los Angeles

California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Carson Chamber of Commerce

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce


Industry Sector / Associations

Agriculture and Natural Resources Industry Sector

Arts, Media, and Entertainment Industry Sector

Building and Construction Trades Industry Sector

Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers

Harbor Industry and Commerce Association (HICA)

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Society of Women Engineers Los Angeles


Business and Finance Industry Sector

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA)


Education, Child Development, and Family Services Industry Sector

Energy, Environmental, and Utilities Industry Sector

Fashion and Interior Design Industry Sector

Government and Public Services Industry Sector

Health Science and Medical Technology Industry Sector

Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Industry Sector

Information and Communication Technologies Industry Sector

Manufacturing and Product Development Industry Sector

California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA)


Marketing Sales and Service Industry Sector

American Marketing Association (AMA)


Transportation, Distribution and Warehousing Industry Sector

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Foreign Trade Association (FTA)

Los Angeles Air Cargo Association (LAACA)



Government and Public Services Industry Sector

National Association of Small Business and International Trade Educators (NASBITE)


How Networking Can Help You with Career Advancement

In addition to providing job leads when you are searching for work, here are other ways having a strong network can benefit you:

  • When you are trying to choose a career, you must gather information about the occupations you are considering. One of the best ways to learn about an occupation is to conduct an informational interview with someone who is currently working in it. You can look to your network for help in finding people to interview.
  • If hiring is one of your responsibilities, your contacts can help put you in touch with prospective job candidates.
  • Are you worried about tackling a work project with which you have no experience? A member of your network may be able to help you or may be able to put you in touch with someone who can. One note of caution: be careful about sharing information that your employer wants to keep confidential.
  • Are you interviewing for a job? Get information about a potential employer before you go on an interview.
  • Do you need to learn about a prospective client? One of your contact may be able to help you. As pointed out about, you should be careful about sharing your employer's confidential information.

Who Should Be In Your Network?

Your network can be made up of almost anyone you've ever met and each of your contacts can lead you to new ones. Be selective about whom to include though. The larger your network, the more difficult it will be to manage.

  • Current and Former Co-Workers: Those you currently work with as well as those you've worked with in the past can be part of your network.
  • Your Co-Members in Professional Associations: When you become an active member in a professional association, for example by serving on a committee, you will increase your chances of meeting people. It will also give your colleagues a chance to see you in action.
  • Friends and Family: Keep your family and friends apprised of your career goals. You never know who will end up having the ability to help you. Your brother-in-law's uncle's cousin may be a recruiter in your field.
  • Former Professors and Instructors: Your former professors and instructors most likely worked in your field or at least have some connections.
  • Former Classmates: The alumni directory of your college (and of your fraternity or sorority if you belong to one) can provide you with contacts to add to your network.


How To Keep It Going

After you establish your network, you will need to keep it alive. If you don't, you may be disappointed to find that it's not there when you need to access it. This is fairly easy and just requires a little bit of your time.

To keep your network alive stay in touch with your contacts apprising them of your job changes, promotions and any other career-related news. Provide help when your contacts ask you for it. If someone gives you a job lead or a reference, always send a thank you note. Attend professional meetings and conferences.

Connecting Online

There are Web Sites that provide online networking opportunities but you must be aware of the difference between social and professional networks. LinkedIn, for example, is a professional network. Facebook is a social network. That doesn't mean it shouldn't be used for professional networking, but if you do use it in that way, make sure to put forth a professional image. Hint: no compromising photographs or statuses.

What To Do If You're Shy

Some of us, by nature, suffer from shyness and therefore find it very difficult to approach people. How do you network if just saying hello to a stranger sends shivers up your spine? The experts say that you shouldn't change your personality and suddenly become outgoing. You should put yourself in situations where you will have the opportunity to meet people. For example, doing volunteer work will give people a chance to see you in action and possibly approach you. This will also give you the opportunity to establish rapport with them.

Professional Association Databases by Industry Sectors

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Other ​Industry Associations​

A professional network is a group of people who are connected to one another.  Members with whom you develop a professional connection, often referred to as contacts or connections, have mutually supportive relationships. It is usually advisable to start locally before growing your global network, however with the popularity of social media many find that a global presence will be established on day one whether they want it or not. https://effectiveness.lahc.edu/academic_affairs/ewd/Pages/Networking.aspx