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TOPIC: Networking Question

Networking Question 5 years 6 months ago #10

I know there are so many different ways to go about networking, and I was wondering which methods everyone finds the most successful. I'm trying to network to find a great job after grad school. What strategies have worked, and which have failed for you?
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Networking Question 5 years 5 months ago #1

People believe that obtaining a master's or a PhD degree is a good investment for a bright future. If you are a diploma-holder of a higher degree of education, there are more doors of opportunities that await you once you step off the portals of grad school. Having an advanced degree is a big advantage in almost all industries especially in the fields of education, social services, medical health, business management, etc.
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Why you should go to graduate school and be a PhD candidate? Well, to put it simply here are the things that graduate school can give you. Graduate education will provide you the intellectual ability, work ethics, improved and advanced skills, in-depth knowledge, and well-related work experience to the field that you want to belong to in the future. As you know and learn these benefits, you became more driven to increase your career security, professional and personal development, right?
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Networking Question 5 years 6 months ago #2

In my experience, the best way to make connections is to going to a function of some kind in your field (a lecture or something) and then go with the attendees to dinner or a bar afterward.

I am socially awkward, so meeting people in this fashion really helps me. That way we don't have to rely on small talk. You have the distractions of food or drink to ease awkward silences, and you have the shared experience of the function to discuss, which will hopefully lead to other areas of conversation that are NOT work related.

Connecting with the people in your field as humans with hobbies and lives outside of work helps to make you and the time you spend discussing work memorable. Those are the people I remember best anyway! They are also the people I feel more comfortable approaching again.
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Networking Question 5 years 6 months ago #6

I PMed you!!
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Networking Question 5 years 6 months ago #5

Excellent, thanks!
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Networking Question 5 years 6 months ago #7

Welcome, maddieg!

In reference to your question, you can make connections by attending graduate school fairs, lectures, book signings, and other public events in your department/field of study. You can find free seminars on campus throughout the year as well. Attending conferences related to your field of interest is also a great way to meet people in your field, although it can be costly.

When you attend these functions, it's important to introduce yourself, participate in discussions with others, and collect contact information from those you meet. Remember that true networking does require upkeep. Random bursts of appearances will not create the connections necessary to build successful professional relationships, and maintaining the connections that you make requires consistent effort.

Hope that helps!
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Networking Question 5 years 6 months ago #4

Thanks, that does help. And I've been given similar advice before, but I've always been pretty shy. I guess now is a good a time as any to get out there and start relationships with people in the field.
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Networking Question 5 years 6 months ago #9

I like using LinkedIn myself. It's good to keep in touch with people from your classes as well as professors.
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Networking Question 5 years 6 months ago #3

I would have to agree. LinkedIn is a great place to make connections with people you know and other people in your field. That can then translate into valuable connections and valuable job opportunities. Good luck!
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Networking Question 5 years 6 months ago #8

Thanks! I don't have a profile yet, but I've definitely heard good things about LinkedIn. Hopefully when I finally have a chance to start it up, I'll be able to find people I know from school, etc. Could you PM me your URL, and maybe we can get connected there, too?
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