NETWORK YOUR WAY TO
A SUCCESSFUL CAREER
Academic & science career specialist
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!
Definition of ‘networking’?
Examples of networking
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
Dozens of Bioscience societies – Europe/USA
Reduced registration to conferences
Networking with members
cus on learned societies
Information gathering/disseminating –
Attending/presenting talks and view posters
Talking to people
Giving your name/contact details
Getting names/contact details
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LinkedIn Used by professionals/business
Company & job searches
Can join specialist groups
Professional personal profile
Twitter More casual/random
Gathering information/signposting papers,
Jobs, courses and meetings mentioned
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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:
Passion – engagement and enjoyment
Using body language/space
Varied use of voice – tone/volume
Making comments/adding more
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
“Great ape geek & feminist atheist. Tweets mostly about primates,
conservation, science & human rights. Also been known to climb on
soap box when necessary.”
Barriers to networking
Nothing to say/nothing in common
Lack of confidence/lack of motivation
Other people’s attitudes
Personality – naturally introverted/extraverted
Situation (eg is it face-to-face, on-line, writing,
activities, national, local …)
Barriers to networking
Engage with networking activities/platforms
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)
Have a plan of action for a conference
Post an appropriate (and full) profile and
photo according to the social media
Research! Google people/read papers/
company profiles etc.