Hi, Hannah here.
As a continuation of my interview with Fiona Richardson (SSPP careers consultant), I asked how to make the most of networking whilst being a postgraduate student. Networking is a fantastic way to improve your career prospects, Fiona gave me these four great tips to share with everyone…
1. Use the King’s networks
Your department will hold many events throughout the year, attending these is a great way to make new contacts. King’s Careers and Employability also run a lot of events which are great for networking- these are particularly good for meeting potential employers. Finally, don’t be afraid to speak to people in your academic community, be that your personal tutor, lecturers or other students. They could have really valuable connections that they would be more than happy to share with you.
2. Use Online Networks
LinkedIn is great for finding the kind of people you would like to network with. You could find alumni that are working in a sector you’re interested in, and ask them about their career progression, or stay connected with students and staff on your course, they may have backgrounds relevant to your work interests.
The careers service can offer you support with setting up your LinkedIn account and helping to make sure you are getting the most out of your profile.
3. Pitching your Approach
Most people you meet when networking will be willing to help you in some way. However you must be mindful of what you expect from them and pitch your approach appropriately.
It’s likely that someone may offer you advice about the industry they work in and how they got to be in their current position. You should not walk up to someone at a networking event and ask them for an internship.
4. Do your Research!
This point is vitally important if you want to gain valuable information from networking and not embarrass yourself. Read about who is going to be at the event by looking them up online, and make sure you know who they work for. The last thing you want to do is ask them a question that you could easily find the answer to online- this is a waste of your time and theirs.
I spoke to Fiona Richardson, the careers consultant for Social Science and Public Policy (SSPP). She gave me these 5 tips on how postgraduate students can make the most of the careers service at King’s…
- Tailored Careers Events
Your faculty and department will hold tailored careers events based around the kind of jobs, internships and volunteering opportunities students in your area of study are likely to be interested in. These events include sector insights, talks from professionals, employability skills, job hunting workshops and more.
- One to One Guidance
Each faculty has its own specialist consultant (like Fiona for SSPP). It is great to arrange a meeting with a consultant to discuss your career progression and get personalised help. You can get an idea of the current King’s Careers consulting team here!
- Accessing Internships
Careers can help with making you aware of the internships available, what may be suitable for you and help with applications. There are 3 main internship pathways available at King’s. You can find out more through the links below:
- Application & Interview Support
The careers service offer meetings with application advisors to support you personally with any applications you are undertaking. They also offer mock interviews to put you through your paces and make sure you’re prepared for the real thing!
- Alumni Mentoring
Alumni are invited to King’s through faculty and department programmes so that current students can meet them. They even hold alumni speed meet events to help you broaden your network.
Through King’s Connect the careers service runs a scheme that allows you to be matched to a suitable alumni. They then mentor you to help with your career progression.
Hi Hannah here,
I’m a full time Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy MSc student in the Department of Geography. I would like to wish you many congratulations on your offer to study at King’s College London, something to be really proud of!
In the course of the next few weeks you will be hearing from me and other students from the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy with information about life at King’s, our own postgraduate experiences and what it’s like to live in London.
Next month we are launching a buddy programme where you will receive emails from us, have the chance to chat with us over virtual fairs, and can follow our blog posts. We hope that we can be a helpful resource to you while you prepare to study at postgraduate level.
If you have any questions feel free to send them our way, we’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, stay tuned to see more blog posts from us soon.
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