Depending on what type of job you’re trying to get, going out after work to events and parties within your industry–at least every now and then–can be important for putting faces to names, accumulating contacts that can be valuable to your company, and, of course, growing your network. Your boss may also want you to attend events with them.
One field in which this is particularly important is PR. “Grow the power of your network,” advises Tiffany*. “If you’re someone that doesn’t enjoy being social after work, it’s not the industry for you. You have to be able to go to dinners, launches, cocktail parties, openings, premieres, shows, etc. at sometimes a last minute notice. Be prepared to have your personal life not so scheduled as you’ll have to be active in the evenings for work.”
Don’t go out too much, though. Partying late into the night does not an effective work day make.