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Networking

"a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest"
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Dictionary.com, Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc.

SpiderwebNetworking has negative associations for some people who think of it as being self-serving and insincere. However networking need not be any of these things. It can be a straightforward activity which may involve you in supporting others as much as being supported yourself.

Networking is also an essential, if not central, aspect of academic life. It can help you:

  • avoid isolation,
  • develop your confidence and self-esteem,
  • help you find a job,
  • raise your profile as an academic.

For a painless introduction to networking for Research Staff read How to develop successful Networking Skills in Academia

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