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[ Building Biotech-Creating Opportunities in the BC Bioeconomy ]


Building Biotech 2018 Thursday, Sept 27, 6:00pm Coast Coal Harbour Hotel View Event Details (


[ Genome BC Poster Competition 2018 ]


Upcoming: Thursday, May 24th, 2018 UBC's Pharmaceutical Sciences-Atrium Event details here ( )...


[ Networking Night ]


Upcoming: Tuesday, July 26th, 2017 6:30-9:00 pm, Steamworks Brewpub View Event Details (


[ Annual General Meeting 2017 ]


Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm, at BC Cancer Research Centre, Dorothy Lam Boardroom, 1st floor View Event Details (


[ SBN Soiree 2017 ]


Wednesday June 7th, 2017 6:00pm-9:00 pm, at TELUS World of Science View Event Details (


[ Research Exchange & Poster Competition 2017 ]


Research Exchange & Poster Competition 2017 Thursday, May 25th, 2017 8:30am-4:00 pm, at UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building Main Foyer, 2405 Wesbrook Mall View Event D..


[ Networking Night ]


Upcoming: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 6:30PM - 9:00PM Central City Brewpub (Central City Shopping Centre, 13450 102 Ave) View Event Details (


[ Career Connect - CDRD ]


Upcoming: Tuesday, March 7 2017 1:30PM - 5:00PM; 2405 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver View Event Details (


[ Biotech Expo 2017 ]


Upcoming: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 5:30PM - 9:00PM Jack Poole Hall at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Center (6163 University Blvd) Event details here (


Networking is an integral part of your career.  You never know when you will make that critical connection with someone who may not be your future boss, but may help you make contacts with the right people.  But networking makes a lot of people uneasy, so how do we break down this daunting task?

There are three basic steps to networking.

1. Assess your current network

2. Market yourself

3. Follow up and maintain contacts

Assessing Your Network

There are three basic categories of leads in your network as a whole: warm, cool, and cold leads. 

Warm leads include your friends, family, former and current employers and colleagues.  They can include your classmates, teachers, and neighbors, depending on how well you know them.  Cool leads are people you have met or with whom you have some sort of affiliation.  These people include career fair representatives, college job board contacts, alumni from your university or college, people from your hometown, or friends of your parents.  They could also include teachers, classmates, and neighbors, again depending on how well you know them.  Cold leads are people whom you know about and whose contact information you have.  These include guest lecturers, contacts from company websites, trade/professional organization members, conference attendees or speakers, and authors of various periodicals.

Map out your various connections and see where there might be connections.  You may realize that certain warm leads have connections to others in your cool or cold leads and can help make introductions for you. 

Marketing Yourself

Marketing yourself is about making a statement about who you are and what you want, and conveying that statement effectively.  Make it unique and avoid clichés – you want people to remember you based on your statement, and in most networking situations you won’t have a very long time to make a good impression.  Your statement can be a great answer for questions like “tell me about yourself,” or “what do you do?” or “what are you looking for?”  Here, it’s important to make it descriptive and concise while ensuring your response does not drag on and on and appear practiced.  Making sure your statement flows and sounds natural is key.

More specifically, your statement should include relevant, compelling, and unique elements about you and your strengths.  It should include key goals or aspirations and opportunities you are seeking to move you in that direction.  Spend some time to really thing about what your goals are and how you hope to achieve them.  This will help you structure your statement.

Another way to think about your statement is like an elevator pitch for yourself instead of for an idea.  A great resource for creating your elevator pitch can be found here:

Following Up

Most networking situations and contacts you make are useless if you do not follow up with a thank you and request for future steps.  What do you want from the person, and what do they need to do to help you get it?  Make requests for their time, for a contact, or for advice.  Be reasonable in your requests – don’t ask for several hours of their time, and don’t keep pestering them with emails.  Many people are happy to help you but there is a fine line between being of assistance and being your devoted mentor.

Providing a resume or simply thanking the person is a great excuse for a follow-up, and you can use the opportunity to make more specific requests from your conversation.  Be brief; the person should not have to read paragraphs of thank-yous and endless questions or stories.  

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