What is Guild?
Guild is a new messaging platform developed for professional groups, networks and communities. Like how LinkedIn is designed to be a professional version of Facebook, Guild is designed to be the professional equivalent of WhatsApp.
Reasons to use Guild
- Gain access to an exclusive network of like-minded members attending the same event as you
- Chat with other attendees before, during and after the event – this is a great way to:
- Ease nerves if you’re feeling a bit anxious
- Find a travel buddy from your university or nearby area
- Make meaningful connections with other Bright Network members
- Share notes from the panel discussions and skills sessions
- Learn from your peers about their university and job hunting experiences
- Get useful updates and advice from the Bright Network team about the event – such as logistical information and tips for making the most of the event on the day
- Gain commercial knowledge – in the run-up to the event we’ll be sharing useful articles and Bright Network Academy modules so you can impress employers at the event
- Easily ask questions to the Bright Network team – one of our events team members will be in the group too, so you can reach out to them if you need any support
How to use Guild effectively
Guild is set up into groups and conversations. In the Bright Network Guild groups (which you’ll be invited to upon gaining a place at one of our events), a member of our team will create a few conversations to help you get started on Guild and participate in the online community. It’s super important to use these conversations properly so that you can make the most of the platform.
First things first - join the group via the joining link in one of your acceptance emails, create an account and set up your profile. Add a photo, your university, what you’re studying and any other fun facts you’d like to add to make it easier for people to find common connections with you and start up a conversation. You can do this by clicking on the avatar at the top of the page.
Secondly, to use Guild effectively, make sure to contribute to the existing conversations that are set up by the Bright Network host.
Conversations are found in the group, with a subject heading - e.g. "Step 2 - How to use Guild". Within the conversations are threads. This is where you can respond and ask questions about the topic mentioned in the subject header. If you use Twitter, it's similar to responding to a tweet in a reply thread. Always contribute in the thread, rather than starting a new conversation. This keeps the group neat and easy to use for everyone.
Finally, take part!
Make sure to introduce yourself in the introductions thread, welcome others into the group, chat and ask questions in the appropriate threads. As mentioned above, it’s a great way to get to know fellow attendees before the event and stay in touch with them afterwards. Plus, the Guild is a key place for you to contact the Bright Network team, hear from employers before the event and stay up-to-date with key details for the event day.
For more advice on using Guild, take a look at the platform's getting started with Guild video.