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Most Filipinos Believe Having Strong Connections Is Important to Get Ahead in Life

But almost as many believe their networks aren’t strong enough.
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A majority of Filipinos believe having strong connections is important to get ahead, but more than half believe they don’t have strong enough connections to help them land opportunities. 

Data from the LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2020 show that 78 percent of Filipinos consider having a strong network important to gain an advantage in life, but up to 60 percent of those surveyed don’t think their own networks are strong enough. This suggests that many Filipinos are unsure of how exactly to build ther networks.

“We’re facing uncertain times as a global community,” Olivier Legrand, Managing Director of LinkedIn Asia Pacific. “We are seeing organizations and workers everywhere impacted. During challenging times like this, we believe it is all the more important to build stronger networks. This can potentially aid us in seeking out new opportunities even as we weather through, and recover from this crisis.”

According to the study, in the Philippines, 84 percent of those in the Gen Z demographic (born in the mid-90s to 2010) identify with having weak or no networks. Baby boomers, on the other hand, are most likely to have moderate to strong networks (68 percent).

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Younger Filipinos who are building their careers or attempting to start their own business feel that this lack of networks and connection is one of the most difficult barriers to overcome to unlocking opportunities.

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LinkedIn, a professional networking and career development platform, calls this discrepancy the “network gap.” The company believes those who have stronger networks have the added advantage of accessing opportunities they want through connections.

For example, Filipinos who come from top schools are most likely to see their networks as strong or moderate, and those from major cities are most likely to believe they have strong or moderate networks. Narrowing the network gap is a key step in ensuring a more equal access to opportunities for all.

“All of us have a part to play in working to plug the network gap,” Olivier notes. “Whether you are just starting out in your career, or a seasoned professional.”

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Paul John Caña
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