Networking isn’t socialising for the sake of schmoozing. It’s first and foremost how a business finds customers, how freelancers get gigs, how professionals get referrals, and how headhunters meet talent. A side benefit to relationship-building in your own industry is that you can also meet experts outside your field. A degree or two of separation, and you might find a corporate lawyer who comes highly recommended or an accountant who specialises in filing expatriate business tax returns. We did some digging and came up with 27 groups on LinkedIn for IT workers across the globe. Usually based on location as well as profession, these groups and their in-house discussions are the easiest way to start networking with local experts in the industry.