Facilitated by Michael Davies, PhD
Practical and Tangible Strategies to Network Comfortably and with Purpose
Everyone talks about networking as the natural course of engaging in business. We’re sent into the networking fray and we think we’re doing everything properly, but know that there must be something we’re missing. Mike helps with those missing parts to make each networking session successful and teaches us how to be effective following-up.
– Dexter L.
Navigating the job search can be intimidating. Let’s change that.
Networking is a frustrating process that forces us to rely on hope. If you are reading this, you’ve probably concluded at some point that solely relying on the job application process is not sufficient to progress your job search. Chances are you’ve also reluctantly accepted that the only way to make progress with the job search is to ask strangers for help. In other words…Networking. Networking has a different meaning for everyone. For folks entering the job search, recovering from a lay-off, or trying to change careers, networking generally is synonymous with anxiety.
The purpose of this workshop is to change that mindset, instill confidence, and to provide a networking strategy that works for you. If you are unhappy with your search, it’s time to take action. Let’s get started!
Life Science Networking is purposed for folks who are looking for opportunities to build relationships within the various life science industries in RTP.
As an academic scientist that attempted to transition into an “alternative PhD” career, I quickly realized I didn’t know where to start.
There are a lot of great resources and tools out there to help your job search. However, without any instructions or guidance, they aren’t very helpful.
Along the way, I made a lot of mistakes, learned a lot, and realized there are a lot of generous folks out there willing to help.
To honor those folks that helped me out along the way, I started Life Science Networking to pay it forward, help educate folks on how to put their first and best foot forward, and guide people on how to build meaningful relationships.
If I could describe Life Science Networking in one phrase, it would be “Team Job Search”!
Who can benefit?
- Individuals who find networking challenging (most of us, including me)
- Introverts that struggle with group settings
- Extroverts that are comfortable with conversations, but find it difficult to follow though
Topics we will focus on:
- Define the problem with networking
- How to mentally and emotionally prepare for a networking event
- Establish conversation strategies (with active learning modules)
- Purposeful actions to take after the networking event
Are you a company?
Company sponsorships are encouraged. Please contact us for more information if you would to learn more about how sponsorship could benefit you, your company, and the community.
Are you a University Department, Office of student affairs, or a student affiliated association?
The Professional Development workshop with NC State and UNC was well received. The networking strategy that I discuss is meant to supplement a University’s student career development program.
Are you a small business, city chamber, or professional association?
At this point, you already understand the power and benefits of networking. My goal for folks in this environment is to focus on how to have more comfortable conversations, and more importantly, identify a process and strategy that leads to efficiency and effectiveness.