How have you built a strong network at U of T?

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Mentors – both formal and informal – are a great way to expand your network. ODLC has a formal year-long mentoring program that pairs each participant with a mentor who is often a very senior administrator, always in a different department and often from a different campus. I recommend conducting an informational interview with your mentor – helps you gain how they advanced in their career at UofT and who they know outside their departments. An informal mentor is someone you usually see every day or at least weekly. Someone who conducts themselves in a professional, friendly manner, with a few years experience, who others respect, and who you can talk to more informally and confidentially.

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on May 28, 2015 9:32 am

I have tried to remember that no matter who I speak with, they are an important connection. Someone who may appear to be a junior / unconnected staff member could actually be someone with tons of work experience. They could also be a quickly-rising colleague who will be moving into interesting and new directions. Getting to know people beyond their immediate professional role, creates a really great network of truly engaged friends and colleagues. It also makes the university a much more enjoyable place to work.

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on March 3, 2015 5:06 pm

I’ve networked most successfully by actively looking to help others in their work: be quick to offer helpful advice, be open to being consulted, and participate in forums by answering questions in a positive and productive way.

Posted by odlc_admin
Answered on August 19, 2014 9:34 am

I have built a strong network at UofT by getting involved in areas outside of my department. This might be through social events, governance, committee memberhsip or taking advantage of the many development opportunities offered by ODLC. Another aspect is to ask questions. Whenever I encounter an area that I’m not sure how to proceed, I ask my current contacts for their advice on who would be the best person to help me. It’s a wonderful way to build new relationships and broaden your knowledge base.

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on August 15, 2014 12:22 pm
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