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Winter networking 2016

Speed networking, stories of real-life professional women and mince pies. That could be a recap of the 2016 winter networking, but it was so much more.

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Mince pies

During the speed networking, the room was filled with energy as attendees changed partner every five minutes. This allowed everybody to make more contacts and to hone their networking skills.

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End of a five minutes segment.

After the networking, several members of the steering group talked about their professional careers. Although they all had different paths they all stressed the importance of doing what you enjoy and not what you are supposed to do

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Julia Bardos

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Anne Clarke

For all of them, CamAWiSE was very important in different stages of their career as a friendly and supportive group. Indeed, CamAWiSE is a good place to connect with professional women who share similar experiences, gain skills and increase your confidence.

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Penny Coggill

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Claire Lucas

We also had an impromptu speaker: Lucy Bennett, an engineering student who brought out the importance of having female role models for students like her.

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Lucy Bennett

Thank you very much to all the speakers for sharing their experiences with us.

Getting noticed on LinkedIn

“I have attended events on LinkedIn before, but this workshop’s step-wise approach to building a meaningful and strong profile had much more impact”, said one attendee coming out of the CamAWiSE event. The ‘Getting noticed on LinkedIn’ workshop was conducted by Cathy Sorbara, COO of Cheeky Scientist and a steering group member of CamAWiSE. LinkedIn is proving to be a ‘must-have’ social presence for professional growth whether to seek job opportunities or to build your brand. 

Cathy asked the attendees to consider questions like –

  • What is the goal of your LinkedIn profile?
  • Who is your target audience (hiring manager or business partner?)
  • If someone doesn’t know your name, what keywords might they use which would lead them to your profile?

 

Cathy emphasised making use of the headline and summary space to create a crisp account of your achievements and aspirations. The headline, she explained, should use your transferable and technical skills to define you as a person. Make a connection with the viewer using an elevator pitch! The summary should not be a resumé–like account but an expression or narration of your aspirations. List the achievements that relate to those goals in a manner that stimulates the viewer to connect and find out more about you. Visual assets including PowerPoint presentations, links to blogs, pdf files, and pictures can be added to reinforce your achievements and the trajectory you aspire to.

img_4458-copyRecommendations and skills endorsements from connections (usually colleagues) are important ways to build credibility and increase profile views. Cathy added: “Everybody has transferable skills, even if they don’t know it, and these skills are in popular demand over technical ones”. Your profile photo must be high-quality and professional-looking, while a background photo is a great way to give further weight to the image you would like to promote. Volunteer experiences and publicising your interests by content sharing are great ways to connect to your target audience and showcase your communication and knowledge-based skills.

When requesting connections, it is more rewarding and respectful to personalise the standard message provided by LinkedIn. You can refer to a common interest or connection, for example, but keep to no more than 50 words.

getting-noticed

A great profile will help you begin to capitalise on the most powerful online networking tool in the world that is used by 98% of recruiters. However, networking on LinkedIn is the next essential step to connect directly with target viewers and their secondary connections, helping you build a strong network which enhances profile visibility. Other social media platforms like Twitter, as well as in-person networking, also play an important role. Let’s connect!

by Ruchi Chauhan

Save the date: 6th December

CamAWiSE Winter networking 2016

Networking is an amazing tool for helping you progress in your career. So why not join us for a fun and relaxed evening of networking – a splendid opportunity to make new connections and build beneficial relationships.

For part of the evening, we will hear about the inspirational professional experiences of some of our steering group members. More details to come.

Tuesday 6th December 2016, 8:00-10:00 pm, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

Venue: Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

Cost: £8 for members, £10 for non-members. Includes seasonal cakes, spicy apple juice, tea, and coffee.

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Non-Members

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Join Cambridge AWiSE: https://camawise.org.uk/join-camawise/

What next for your career in science

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) and CamAWiSE held their 10th annual event ‘What next for your career in science’ on 30th June.

Hayley Sharpe, a Principal Investigator at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR), Burcu Babaoglan Fiehler, Clinical Trials Coordinator at the Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit (CCTU) and Ryan Fiehler, Senior Scientist at F-star Biotechnology Ltd were the speakers this year.

Every year this networking event brings together early career researchers from Cambridge looking to learn more about different career paths in and beyond academia. This year the speakers focused on the key transition points that led them to their current positions.

After the talks, there was an active panel discussion and a networking session.

You can read more about this event in the LMB blog

September Social at the Castle Inn

Join us for a meal at:

The Castle Inn

38 Castle Street

Cambridge CB3 0AJ

Tuesday 20th September 2016. 

No need for payment in advance. This is a social and all are welcome.

Reserve your place at Eventbrite:

http://tinyurl.com/social-camawise

if you would like to come along and pay for meal/drinks on the night.

7.30pm start for food or just join in for a drink at 7.30/8 onwards.

We do need numbers for those coming so please register as soon as you can.

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