Building and maintaining a professional network are key elements of long term career success and job satisfaction. Why? Strong networks provide more professional opportunities, insights into coming trends and industry changes, knowledge sharing and advice, and insights into the unwritten rules of various professional environments and workplaces. And yet, many of us avoid networking because it feels disingenuous, awkward, inauthentic – the list goes on. However, using a research approach and reorienting ourselves to view networking as an opportunity to gain and share knowledge can lessen our aversion to networking and instead supports the building of strong, effective professional networks that are mutually beneficial and rewarding.
This workshop is run by Dr. Nicole Reiz (University of Kansas). Dr. Reiz works with graduate students across the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities in exploring, preparing, and applying for careers beyond the academy. She will draw on her professional experience in the higher ed, public, and nonprofit sectors to provide networking advice, tips, and techniques.