Theoretical elements

  • What is Networking? Why network at all?
  • Have you networked?
  • How do you network? Intra- and interdisciplinary, collaborators, general public, journalists, online, within academia/industry?
  • What kind of networks are there?
  • Where should/shouldn’t you network?
  • How can you improve your networking skills?
  • What kind of networking tools are there, what are their advantages etc.
  • Tricks to get into contact with people i.e. informational interview etc.
  • Pros&cons of collaborations – Who’s name goes on the paper?

Practical elements

Exercise 1: Branding – The power of positive self-presentation

Everyone is talking about how important it is to network, but how do you present yourself in an effective and positive manner? Networking is a two-way process about building relationships, but what do you have to offer? What is your unique selling point? In this workshop, using presentation and interactive exercises, you will learn where and how best to present yourself on-line, in writing (e.g. social media) and in face-to-face situations (e.g. conferences and interviews) so that you promote a positive impression.

Exercise 2: Networking – How to access the hidden job market

With over 70% of jobs not advertised, networking is vital to access the hidden job market. Even where jobs are advertised, many employers already have someone in mind with whom they are connected – you may even have secured your own PhD in this way! Through presentations and exercises, during this workshop we will look at the variety of ways in which you can increase and enhance your connections strategically with employers, both within and outside of academia in order to increase your employment opportunities.

Exercise 3: Networking at conferences

  • Interpersonal communication (asking the right questions and listening)
  • Networking with other scientists (talking about techniques)
  • Linkedin and online networking