Networking - we must do it in order to succeed! Or so we are told. But how do we translate a term from the world of business into something that works to promote ourselves and our research? How do we maintain our academic and professional integrity? How can we use networking to gain the next position? How do we avoid the label of being pushy? Or worse just not being known?
This participative half day event will look at networking and assertive communication together to explore:
- putting yourself forward in the workplace, the wider research community and beyond
- using networking to publicise your research
- identifying and contacting possible mentors
- rehearsal of networking interactions
Face to face, electronic and social media methods will be explored and participants should bring any networking materials (business cards etc.) with them - networking with your peers is a key part of the course. A smart phone or other internet device would be useful but not essential. Participants will leave with a personal networking action plan.
Dr Emma Williams has a medical physics research background and moved into the training and development arena after 3 years post-doctoral research. After creating and growing the Graduate Development Programme at the University of Cambridge, she led on Researcher Development. Later as co-head of Academic Practice she was charged with providing a diverse set of development events for the University’s academic students and staff. Her company now provides bespoke training for HE and research settings across the globe working in partnership with Universities, Institutes and individuals. Her experience extends out from the HE field having worked with social care workers, children's centres and individuals looking to make career changes. Her 12+ years in development training have been characterised by creative and energetic events encouraging participants to learn from each other and peer network.