What does the word “Networking” mean to you?
For some it is a necessary evil, for others it fills them with dread, but for others it is an exciting process of getting to know lots of people.
Whatever it means to you, it is something that is worth getting to grips with and is simply the process of getting to know people and building relationships for the purpose of sharing and increasing knowledge and uncovering new opportunities.
Developing these contacts can mean the difference between getting a promotion, being invited to speak at a conference or being in the know about departmental developments and job opportunities.
As well as helping you to develop contacts, networking allows you to share your experiences and ideas with others, helps combat isolation and can result in increased confidence and self-esteem.
The following ideas should help to get you started but be creative and come up with your own ways too…