Networking can have benefits at any stage of your career, say Peter Fiske and Alaina Levine.

There’s nothing sleazy about networking and it’s not just something to do at conferences, according to careers consultant Alaina G Levine.

It is a two-way process, she adds, an “honourable” exchange that builds capacity and contributes value. Levine, author of Networking for Nerdsshares her top tips, including the all-important “art of the follow-up.”

Peter Fiske says solid networking skills helped him to return to academia after 16 years in industry, most recently as CEO of Pax Water Technologies.

Peter also describes how academia has changed. “The intensity has gone up. People in research work so hard. Oh my God, they work all the time,” he tells Julie Gould.

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