Learning by Engagement
Effectively engaging with people and building professional relationships are important success tools that begin in training years and extend through to later career years. Professional engagement brings many benefits along the way such as setting up unique collaborations, first peek into job openings, new mentoring relationships, exciting opportunities for professional growth, and simply expanding your professional network. Such engagements happen via email, social media, and/or in person not limited to formal conferences or seminars. Successful engagement requires sound professional etiquette, which is also crucial for one’s growth as a mentor and leader. Our hands-on workshops and consultations will support in honing your skills in this area. We also encourage you to connect with trainee and local organizations where you can build and enhance your own network of peer professionals. Postdocs are also encouraged to engage with the University of Michigan Postdoctoral Association (UMPDA).
Local Networking Opportunities
- Mich Bio
- Ann Arbor New Tech Meetup
- UM Career Center Networking Resources
- University Career Alumni Network (UCAN)
- “Informational Interviewing: How to talk to people in your field and build your professional network” from the Office of Career and Professional Development, University of California, San Francisco
- “The Informational Interview” by David G. Jensen, Science Magazine
- UM Career Center Informational Interview Guide
- “Informational Interviewing 101” by Robin Wagner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
LinkedIn and Social Media
- Rackham’s Faculty Committee on Mentoring: Mentoring Others Results in Excellence (MORE)
- Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) – Are you interested in mentoring an undergraduate in the lab? Consider speaking with your research mentor about getting involved in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.
- Association for Women in Science (AWIS) – Are you interested in supporting women in science, science education, science communication, and science outreach? Consider joining AWIS and participate in events and opportunities to build leadership and mentoring skills.
- Student Life Spectrum Center – Guidance – Perspective – Support Mentor for LGBTQ+ students
- National Mentoring Research Network (NRMN) – This is a national consortium providing trainees in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences a variety of guided mentorship and professional development programming. Visit their webpage to view free webinars and video archives.
- Mentoring and Advising resources at Rackham