Networking: career ideas and job opportunities

Whether you are considering a career in academia or elsewhere after your DPhil, making connections with people experienced in sectors that interest you can be hugely insightful. The idea of networking can sometimes make us feel uncomfortable, but in this session we’ll explore how it can be a powerful research tool and help you to uncover opportunities. 

First we’ll focus on methods for ‘exploring career ideas’ and finding new contacts. We will demonstrate how to use LinkedIn effectively to explore new options, and enable you to connect with people with shared career interests. 
Second, we’ll share practical tips and strategies on how to network, both online and in-person. We will outline how to ethically and effectively utilise the time in your interactions with others to add value to the development of your career ideas and even potentially generate new development opportunities.



1. Articulating your goals for networking – what do I want to know? Who do I need to speak to?
2. Mapping existing networks – who do you know? Who do they know? What do they know?
3. Using LinkedIn as a research tool - generating career ideas and expanding your network 
4. Mastering the ‘approach’ – how do I reach out to people I don’t know
5. Information interviews – making the most of your conversations

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