Eight reasons to network

Author : Wenny Lin

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Many scientists cringe at the suggestion of having to network. Some are uncomfortable with the idea of networking because they feel that they have to be fake or sleazy. Networking can certainly induce anxiety among introverts and extroverts alike because they must engage complete strangers in forced conversations.

At a recent workshop at the NIH, Joe Tringali, a recruiter for the life sciences, tried to convince an auditorium full of postdoctoral scientists that networking can be valuable. 

He gave the following reasons: