Advice and guidance on navigating networking

Networking to grow your academic career and for those looking for industry PhD roles

You’ve been told that networking is an important part of advancing your academic career, but it is simply not something that you feel comes naturally to you or that it is something that is contrived. You are not alone in these assumptions, and there is help at hand by others who have already trodden the path into the world of networking in academia and they are happy to share their experiences, thoughts and give you a life line to follow.

Networking and other academic hobbies

One such life line for Post Docs is the blog The Research Whisperer, Just like the Thesis Whisperer – but with more money. The particular post that we are featuring is written by the co-founder Dr Tseen Khoo lecturer in research education and development at La Trobe University. Khoo shares her preconceptions of networking were and goes on to give three key areas of advice on how to develop your own academic network. The headlines of the three key areas are:-

1. Build a profile

2. Learn to say “No”

3. Some of it is pure “luck” or some might call serendipity.

Click here to read the full blog post.

Networking to help your move into an Industry PhD role

If you are considering a move from academia into industry the advice still stands; networking will help you find your next role. Like Dr Tseen Khoo, The team at Cheeky Scientist look at preconceptions about networking and then go on to give you advice on how to develop your network and your networking skills in their blog post 8 Networking Tips For PhDs To Advance Their Careers. The headlines are:-

1. Go to industry seminars and talk to industry salespeople

2. Go to networking events with clear goals in mind

3. Learn the art of following up

4. Stop worrying about getting a letter from your academic advisor

5. Quit spending all of your time on your resume and CV

6. Don’t just network with other PhDs

7. Stop listening to networking advice from lifelong academics. (A bit controversial for us!)

8. Join advanced networking groups

Click here to read the full blog post.

Diana Hayes
A key part of the team, Diana is achievement-oriented, forward-thinking and strategic in creating a high-yielding network of interested academics, universities and related associations. Her research and content have created genuine engagement amongst both candidates and employers resulting in a network of 250,000 academics. Diana’s experience is in sales, marketing, event management and business development.

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