There are lots of opportunities to network around campus, from activities in your own departments and institutes, cross faculty networking events, to Careers Service activities and sessions. Why not sign up for your faculty’s newsletter, check your Careers Service student c-weekly, or sign up for the university’s newslink email, as well as reading our blog?
Here are just a few extra networking opportunities that you might not have come across yet.
Postgraduate and postdoc associations. Several research institutes have their own associations for PhDs and postdocs, which involve everything from social events and career development activities to conferences. If there isn’t an association in your department, why not take the initiative and set one up?
Employers on campus. The Careers Service hosts a wealth of sessions and events with invited employers who are keen to meet our students and staff. Our events pages are regularly updated with all of our new activities, whether you want to talk to an employer who’s looking to hire, or just want to find out more about what it’s like to work in a particular role.
Mentors for PhD students: Many of our PhD students want to find out more about life outside academia. We can match you with an ‘industry mentor’ to support you with your career development and transition, check our career mentoring pages for more information.
Training and development sessions: these are a great way to meet other people across your university and faculty dealing with the same issues and questions as yourself. Check our training pages for more information.
Extra-curricular activities: researchers can become very focused on their own work, which means that their networks can shrink to the few people in their immediate circle. There are lots of non-work related activities on campus, from activities and societies in the Student Union, specialist staff networks (for cyclists, carers, and women, amongst others), and our events and public lectures.