2021 Mentoring Program Blog - Post 2

Written by Simon Robson, RACI mentee for the second year, an intern at ARETE Labs, and Honours student at Sydney Uni. 

Published 14 April 2021

Blog Post 2 : Networking Tips

I’m back with my highlights of another online event from The Royal Australian Chemical Institute, titled: Networking under COVID 

From Dr. Despina Anastasiou: A super useful networking tip, online or otherwise! – think & link, have a genuine conversation with your connections.

I know I’d rather have 1 genuine conversation than 5 shallow ones, what about you?

From Dave Sammut: The most memorable LinkedIn connection made – a student followed up after meeting dave and asked him to be a mentor. This was the start of the RACI mentoring program!
I never realised it was actually a student that made the first step towards establishing the RACI mentoring program!

What is your most memorable connection request?

My key takeaways were:

  • -utilise LinkedIn!
  • as an early career chemist always ask questions!
  • be genuine in your networking!


Did you attend the webinar and have a different takeaway?

A big thanks for the insight from the panelists: Alexandra Stenta, Daniel Couton, Andrew Jones, Dr. Despina Anastasiou, and everyone who contributed to putting together today’s event.

There were many more great tip’s and throughout the webinar, if you’d like to hear the full story, you can watch the webinar on RACI's youtube channel here.

Is there anything you disagree with? Any opinions you’d like to add? Feel free to comment or message me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-robson-153380193/ 

Till next time -Simon

Simon Robson, 2021 RACI Mentee

Careers Thursday events are held online every Thursday at 6.30pm (AEST) and are free for all RACI members. 


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