You are the center of your web of connection. The people you are connected to form your professional network. Your connections reach out in all directions.
The members of your network are the people you know who share your professional interests. These are two-way connections. You give to members of your network and they give to you. At the same time, you are a node in their network.
You build connections in three directions:
- You network UP to those who are more powerful and important than you are.
- You network ACROSS with your peers.
- You network DOWN to those who are coming after you.
The PhD Pathways career conference at Stanford University, held on Friday, January 29, 2016, offered a wealth of information, advice and inspiration.
Nearly 300 PhDs and postdocs attended a day-long conference. It included a dozen panels of PhDs working in non-faculty careers, workshops on career skills, and a keynote address by Peter Fiske, author of Put Your Science to Work.
Here are my five top take-aways from the conference.
“Networking” is a term that has a bad reputation in academia. It implies self-absorbed scheming.
I am talking about something different. Networking is intentionally building your professional network for success as a grad student and as a professional. Networking is an important tool for academic success. It is part of your professional tool kit.
You already have a professional network. It comprises the people you know who share your professional interests. These are two-way connections. You give to members of your network and they give to you. Continue reading
Welcome to Grad | Logic. A blog about graduate education. And life. I have been thinking about graduate education for over twenty years. Actually, if you read the About page, it is closer to 25 years. I have a lot of advice and opinions about graduate education. I have a particular affinity for doctoral students, since I have been researching and writing about doctoral education since I wrote my dissertation.
Helping doctoral students to thrive while they are students, and helping them make successful transitions into their professional lives. That motivates this blog. Blog posts will feature strategies for success that I have seen work. Reviews of books relevant to graduate students are likely to pop up. READ MORE