Re-Cap from the Workshop

Digital Leaders: Tips and advice

Thank you for coming along to our workshop, we hope you enjoyed it!

We were impressed by the interactions you had in your discussions, so these extra bits of information are just meant to add on and enhance the way you look at your online presence – then hopefully lead to successful networking.

  • Find a role or a person in that role you want to be like.  Or find people who research or do something you’re interested in, e.g. a researcher who is an expert in a field you’re interested in, can be related to your dissertation.
  • Research them on LinkedIn or on other forums/networks
  • Message or follow them: make them remember you, show your interest in their work, offer to contribute and collaborate
  • Meet at conferences (when joining associations), exchange details, build up your network, share interests either professional or personal (emphasise your interest in their field or area of interest)

Similar to the case studies discussed in the session, your research could look something like this: e.g. for a researcher.

A budding researcher is interested in ‘cancer interventions’ or ‘poverty’, in their research they may find papers written by other researchers that have ideas or concepts similar to theirs, either through forums (see above). These forums can then provide the opportunity to connect, either through email or other social networks.



Social Networks









‘collaborate & contribute’

The Market Research Society

Social Research Association

Association of Medical Research Charities

We understand that this method may not be for everyone, so feel free to tailor it to you. What associations or forums are connected to your degree or interests? What organisations can you follow on Twitter or get them to notice you by using hashtags? How can you create awareness or exposure?

‘Collaborate & Contribute’

Instead of just asking for job opportunities (which can be a bit awkward), take the initiative to highlight how your curiosity, KSA’s (knowledge, skills, abilities), even experiences can help to add value to their research or any current projects, as well as your own. As mentioned in the workshop, don’t just say what you did i.e. your job duties, but explain what you learned from your experiences. Keep it clear and concise, but with enough detail that what you’re trying to say about yourself stands out. Be able to explain your work to someone who isn’t familiar with specific types of terminology.

Look at their company vision. Invest in yourself, or in your brand. How would you contribute to that vision? This will help to open up the prospect of you potentially continuing to collaborate with them and maintaining contact with them, to be part of your network. Some may even be attending events held at private institutions (see in the table) that you may join, where you can connect face-to-face.

As always, with the good stuff comes the bad, i.e. be careful what you post. Everyone is online; employers will look at your social media. Keep in mind what you should keep private, especially if you’re planning to work in the public sector, e.g. the NHS.

Good luck!

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