Alumni of the AMD Crete unite (& why networking is important)

First of all, by AMD I mean Applied Mathematics Department, so, go away graphics people! 😛

I was really surprised that I couldn’t find an alumni group for the Applied Mathematics Department at Crete … so I made one! You can find it here or by searching for “Applied Mathematics Crete Alumni” at the group search. At this point, it’s open to see & comment but to post a discussion, you have to be affiliated with the department in some way.

So, perhaps to an outsider, all this seems strange. Why would a researcher in applied math be interested in rebuilding alumni connections?

In my opinion, this is one of the most important things any professional can do, let alone a researcher. There are many opportunities for advice, jobs, collaborations in your network. Perhaps someone works in your dream job and can give you information on what you could do to get it. Or perhaps someone else has a very specialised problem and you are the expert in solving those problems.

Networking, building connections with other people through which information can be exchanged, used to be the extrovert’s sport. You had to be at the right places, pick the right people and then strive to maintain the connections that you think count.

This all changed with the advent of the social networks. Now, you can just use LinkedIn or Facebook to find the right people (or, even better, they may find you) and you don’t even have to be very talkative, due to the nature of those networks. Just fluent enough to be able to write a couple of stuff about yourself and why should other people be interested in that. Of course, there’s no substitute for actually sitting and talking with someone but now it’s easier to organise meetings.

Networking is not something that should ever stop. Even if you think that you’ve found the perfect place for you (is there such a thing as a “perfect job”?), you should continue searching and building connections. There’s no limit to what you can achieve, if you keep it up.

I could carry on but, luckily, there’s a nice video on all that.