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Network your way to a successful career


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A presentation for PhD students and researchers summarising key networking activities to assist with career planning and progression.

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Network your way to a successful career

  1. 1. NETWORK YOUR WAY TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER Sarah Blackford Academic & science career specialist
  2. 2. WHY NETWORK? Because:  Over 50% jobs are not advertised.  It gets you noticed.  It helps you to be more informed.  People like to help other people, especially if they think they are making an effort.  Work is people!
  3. 3. Definition of ‘networking’? Communicating Connecting Collaborating
  4. 4. Examples of networking  Conferences/seminars/workshops  Industry/business: internships-collaborations-visits  Activities, social events  Informal: Chatting in the coffee room/corridor  Specialised clubs and learned societies  Social media: Blogging (Twitter, Blogs), LinkedIn Online platforms: Researchgate, Mendeley  Online networks: Google+  Email, Discussion lists
  5. 5. F Dozens of Bioscience societies – Europe/USA  Reduced registration to conferences  Travel grants  Lab visits  Specialised workshops  Newsletters  Mentoring  Networking with members cus on learned societies
  6. 6. F Information gathering/disseminating – Attending/presenting talks and view posters Career/specialist workshops Job shops Networking – Talking to people Giving your name/contact details Getting names/contact details cus on conferences
  7. 7. F LinkedIn Used by professionals/business Company & job searches Can join specialist groups Professional personal profile Twitter More casual/random Gathering information/signposting papers, blogs, etc. Jobs, courses and meetings mentioned cus on social media
  8. 8. LinkedIn
  9. 9. LinkedIn
  10. 10. Twitter
  11. 11. What are your key ‘selling points’? 1. Name, where, who you work for/with 2. What you’re working on – broad picture 3. What you’re working on – specifics 4. Future ideas, prospects? 5. Personal interests? Over to you:
  12. 12. NETWORKING A two-way process!
  13. 13. Passion – engagement and enjoyment Using body language/space Varied use of voice – tone/volume Gestures Eye Contact Humour COMMUNICATION OUTPUT: COMMUNICATION INPUT: Active listening Eye contact/nodding/smiling Leaning in/forward Asking questions Making comments/adding more
  14. 14. Twitter Profile examples: “Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Researcher in heart failure, calcium handling, and conformational dynamics of ion pumps.” “PhD. EMBO Postdoctoral fellow at CRG, Barcelona. Keywords: computational biology, genetics, evolution, science, genomics, R, python, photography, Raspberry Pi” “TCRN Research Fellow with background in virology, microbiology and cancer research, and passionate about global health, community and living sustainably” “Great ape geek & feminist atheist. Tweets mostly about primates, conservation, science & human rights. Also been known to climb on soap box when necessary.”
  15. 15. Barriers to networking  Nothing to say/nothing in common  Lack of confidence/lack of motivation  Language  Hierarchy  Other people’s attitudes  Personality – naturally introverted/extraverted  Situation (eg is it face-to-face, on-line, writing, activities, national, local …)
  16. 16. Barriers to networking  Engage with networking activities/platforms  Prepare  Start ‘small’  Find common ground  Be aware of your behaviour, and others  Be friendly, approachable – Smile  Step out of your comfort zone  Read widely, connect, disseminate (social media) Overcoming
  17. 17. Preparation  Have a plan of action for a conference  Post an appropriate (and full) profile and photo according to the social media platform  Research! Google people/read papers/ company profiles etc.
  18. 18. Networking at work …
  19. 19. Sarah Blackford BLOG: SEB WEBSITE: EMAIL: LINKEDIN: blackford/10/b72/968 TWITTER: @Bioscicareer