Networking: how to play the game
You are at a conference, academic or otherwise. How do you make the most of it? Charlotte Allan and Timothy Rittman suggest some ways to tap into networks
You arrive in Estonia. Faced with 460 fellow medical students from 56 countries you are keen to start a sex education project in your medical school. Overwhelmed by the acronyms, faces, and languages, how can you tap in to the wealth of experience that is the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations? The answer is networking.
Success in the networking game leads to a wealth of prizes; the winnings are resources, information, and skills. These benefits are valuable on a personal level and for the organisation you work with; they are more readily attainable if you play by the rules. Knowing who can pass on information puts you a step ahead of the competition and is an important aspect of work in any field. Rumour, gossip, and hearsay add up to become hard facts and form the basis of crucial decisions. Knowing news is important, but finding the right person