Meeting staff in your local area is vital for career development.
Networking exposes you to new ideas, research avenues, and contacts. The more people you know, the more support you have.
An increasing number of research staff or postdoc staff societies are forming across the University. These societies can help you to:
Current staff society websites:
If you are interested in setting up a research staff society in your area, here is some help on setting one up:
There are many benefits to increasing your networks outside the University. It is a natural part of academic life. You may already have a substantial network in your discipline area.
External contacts may provide additional sources of advice for career purposes. Networking via conferences and similar arenas is still a common route of hearing about job opportunities, and meeting potential employers.
This article was published on Jun 4, 2011