Networking for Conferences, Collaboration and Career
Rob Thompson / RTTA Management Skills for Scientists
Date: 16 & 17 September 2019, 09:00 - 17:00
max. Participants: 17
Location: UZH / ETH, room to be announced
Credit points: 1.0
Costs : free
Priority: none

Like it or not, the world works on personal connections and you need to be able to form those connections easily. This course will provide you with the tools to effectively make new connections to help you find collaboration partners, information and even jobs. Although people instinctively know that personal connections make a difference in many things, “networking” is often seen as ‘cheating’ in some way.

This course will teach you open, honest and easy methods to help you make the best use of opportunities like conferences and so bring the correct people together and so help everyone (including yourself) in the process.

The methods taught will allow you to:
• Make a high impact on potential collaboration partners or employers making them more likely to want to work with you
• Reliably find an institute or group that is right for you to collaborate with or work in
• Access the hidden job market of unadvertised positions when job hunting
• Become the “preferred candidate” or even have positions created specifically for you
• Gather the information needed to aid the job hunt and salary negotiations
• Give yourself the edge over others who use the more usual methods of contacting people

Outcomes
By establishing a useful and productive network you will be able to remain updated about new scientific developments, collaboration opportunities and new jobs as they arise. This will allow you the best choice of opportunities because you will know about them first. The course will be very interactive. Expect to be asked lots of questions, expect to be challenged, expect to participate!

About the trainer
As a freelancer, I have to maintain the flow of work and bookings. Every day I use the skills I teach to maintain my own business so I quickly get an idea of what works and what doesn’t. I have been working with researchers for over 10 years now - helping them form connections to get collaborations, new jobs and to advance their careers.


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