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Networking Strategically Workshop & Networking Reception

On January 31, 2010, Science Careers held a workshop on networking at the MIT European Career Fair in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following the workshop, participants practiced their newly learned skills at a networking reception.


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Event Summary

This talk helped participants to find ways to make networking work for them. Being strategic about meeting people can make networking easier. We discussed the myths and realities surrounding networking and different strategies for networking including: informational interviewing, attending conferences, participation in professional societies, and social networking websites. We also talked about some of the nuts and bolts of networking including: proper etiquette, business cards, elevator pitches, and following up with contacts.

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Career Fair

Science Careers, the online employment, career development, and funding supplement to Science magazine offers a sample of its resources for students, postdocs, and faculty attending the European Career Fair 2010.

Below are links to details about the event, as well as articles and services on Science Careers to find the kind of job you can enjoy, build your career in the academic world or industry, and gain funding for your research or ongoing training.

Special for European Career Fair 2010 Goers

European Career Fair 2010 Details and Links

Scene from 2008 MIT - European Career Fair


Friday, January 29th: Satellite events organized by the European Commission and The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives.
Ray and Maria Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, Mass. [Map]

11:30am - 2:00pm: 2nd European Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop

3:30pm - 6:00pm: Science and Innovation Policy Roundtable with Isi Saragossi, Director, Directorate General for Research, European Commission

Saturday, January 30th: Career Fair Day (Johnson Athletics Center, MIT), 120 Vassar Street, Cambridge, Mass. [Map].

Sunday, January 31st: Interview day

9:00am - 12:30pm: "Research in Germany: New Initiatives - More Opportunities"
Two parallel information sessions on postgraduate opportunities and PhD programs in Germany"

1:30 - 5:00 pm: "Living and working in the Netherlands"

3:00pm - 6:00pm: "Making New Connections: Networking Strategically" presented by Brianna Blaser, Science Careers

Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Mass [Map]

Monday, February 1st: Interview day

Making the most of career fairs

Do you know what to do at a career fair? Theres more to it than just showing up.

Job-hunting, networking, and CVs/resum??s

Heres a link to the powerful Science Careers job-search engine.

Interviewing and negotiating a job offer

Career building tips

European job market

Funding your research and training

Ensuring student success

Keep in touch after ECF 2010

European Job Market

Science Careers

Images: Courtesy, MIT-European Career Fair