Networking

We frequently hold networking events and other workshops in conjunction with meetings. Be sure to check the events page for upcoming workshops and activities.

Networking may be the most important scientific skill that we don’t learn in grad school. Effective networking helps connect you with jobs, collaborators, funding, mentors and recognition for your work. Personal connections also lead to a more rewarding professional experience, reducing feelings of isolation and helping to build support systems and friendships. ESWN offers networking opportunities to women with member-initiated regional and conference get-togethers. ESWN has hosted a women’s networking event at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco each year since 2003.

ESWN’s online network can offer support and connections for in-person relationships, including peer mentoring, writing groups and accountability, and social support. Besides building your network through new opportunities, you can also manage your current network. Download the worksheet below by clicking on the image and fill in the spaces with the names of people in your network. This “mapping” exercise lists out the types of support every scientist needs.

ESWN mentoring map

Fill out the form and keep it as a quick reference for answers to:

  • Who “sponsors” me? What senior colleagues fight for me behind closed doors?
  • Who can I vent to about problems I’m facing without any fear of repercussions (my safe space)?
  • Who in my intellectual community do I trust to read a manuscript when it is only 10% completed?
  • Who will help hold me accountable to my goals?

If you find meeting new people easy, but aren’t getting enough professional networking done, read this Forbes article for some helpful tips on the difference between networking and making friends. Alternatively, if you are not big on meeting new people, read An Introvert’s Guide to Networking.