One of the things us kids are encouraged to do when we are in college is get out and meet people. We’ve all been to the house parties, the bars, and the barbeques. And we probably made some great connections at those events; friendships that we’ll maintain for years to come.
On Tuesday afternoon, my boss Luke and I went and “partied” with the Germans.
You’d expect some really great beer to be involved right? Actually, German Rieslings are some of the most interesting and finely crafted in the world. (For more details about the tasting itself, check out my post on my personal blog.)
I learned that wine professionals actually spend a lot of time attending tastings like this to keep up with the most recent vintages, rub elbows with each other, and learn. Several of the people tasting around me were doing research for wine lists at restaurants. Wine is a product, after all, and as a professional you have to keep up with the most recent releases.
Besides meeting new faces, I seized the opportunity outside the office to connect with my boss. When we stopped for a break between tables. I asked him about his sense of the wine writing industry and if he saw any opportunities. It was good to get an insider’s impressions, and they confirmed my own: writing jobs were few and far between even for old-timers.
Now, as students of the PDXSX cohort, we’re attending the most important “parties” of our college careers. Lots of you have posted something relating to a networking event that you attended as a member of your company. I’m curious about other interactions you’ve had during your internships. Besides formal events designed for networking, what opportunities have you had to meet other professionals? What have you learned from fellow employees about your industry?
Salud from San Francisco!