Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

How to network

Networking can feel intimidating but the easiest way to get started is to try it. Here is some advice to get you started.

Top tips for networking

  • Start small: at the next event you attend, try to make at least one new connection
  • Come prepared: obtain the attendee list and identify at least 2 people you would like to talk to beforehand
  • Find a pro: watch and learn from someone you know is good at networking
  • Use what you've got: your supervisor and peers will have networks you can tap into.
  • Build rapport: find common interests to build a connection.
  • How can you help: think about what you can do for others as much as what they can do for you.
  • Remind yourself: write up a small note after the event about each person you met with information about your conversation.
  • Follow up: get in touch as soon as you can after the event.
  • Create opportunities: open the door to future correspondence when you follow up
  • Be friendly: don't just talk about work all the time.
  • Practice: use as many opportunities to build your network as you can

Other networking resources

Vitae provide further online advice on how to network effectively. You may need to register/log in with your ed.ac.uk email address to access this content on the Vitae website.