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Enough of them to show that you’re a part of the team and socializing, but don’t need to go to so many where it seems like you have no life outside of work


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If you like them

Yes definitely. Great way to get exposure and build relationships. Those are key to navigating any company effectively.

It’s good to network and get to know people, just be cautious when drinks start flowing


I generally say "yes" for two reasons. First, it is a "perk," if you don't participate then you are are effectively losing the benefit. Second, it is a good way to get to know your coworkers better and make connections.

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