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Expand	your	network:		
How	to	iden3fy	advisors,	mentors,	
sponsors	and	collaborators	for	a	
successful	career	
Mary	García...
Objec3ves	
•  Mechanics	of	networking	and	1-minute	biosketch	
•  Understand	how	networking	and	mentoring	help	
your	career...
Mechanics	of	Networking
1-Minute	Biosketch/Elevator	Pitch	
•  	 Introduce	yourself:	be	professional	
	 	Hello,	my	name	is...	
	
•  	 Interest/scho...
Re-think	Mentoring	
Having	mentors	is	great	but….	
	
…you	also	need		
advisors	
sponsors	
collaborators
You	are	here!	
High	school	
College	
You	need	others	to	reach	your	goals!		
Nobody	can	do	it	alone
Difference	between	mentors,	
sponsors	and	advisors	
Mentors	 Sponsors	 Advisors	
A	mentor	can	be	a	sponsor	and	
an	advisor	...
Networking	
Yo
u
A set of relationships that
assist in effectively and
efficiently completing
one’s tasks and in
advancing...
Building	your	network	
•  Have	goals	and	stay	focused	
•  Find	mentors,	sponsors	and	advisors	
•  Become	a	mentor	if	possi...
Professional	development	
Emo6onal	Support	
Intellectual	Community	
Role	Models	
Accountability	for	what	REALLY	mafers	
Su...
Professional	development	
Emo6onal	Support	
Intellectual	Community	
Role	Models	
Accountability	for	what	REALLY	mafers	
Su...
Professional	development	
Emo6onal	Support	
Intellectual	Community	
Role	Models	
Accountability	for	what	REALLY	mafers	
Su...
Common	Mistakes	of	Networking	
Differen3ate	the	ideal	from	
what’s	real	
“It’s	really	all	about	the	work,	so	If	I	just	earn...
Common	Mistakes	of	Networking	
Staying	safe	 I	only	socialize	with	people	that	look	like	
me	or	that	I	like	
Inability	to	...
Asking	mentors/sponsors	for	
recommenda3on	leWers		
•  Give	them	specific	deadlines		
•  Provide	clear	instruc6ons	and	6mel...
Final	remarks	
•  Don’t	be	afraid	to	connect	with	others	
•  Some	people	will	say	no	but	the	majority	will	say	
yes	
•  Be...
Contact	info	
Mary	García-Cazarín:	marygacia.mx@gmail.com	
	
Yaihara	For6s-San6ago:	yfor6ss@gmail.com	
Twifer:	@yfor6ss	
	...
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Expand Your Network: How to Identify Advisors, Mentors, Sponsors and Collaborators for a Successful Career

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This workshop offered tips and advice on how you can support your career advancement by cultivating a professional and personal network by identifying advisors, mentors and sponsors. Presented at the 2015 SACNAS National Conference by Drs. Mary García-Cazarín, Yaihara Fortis-Santiago, Kermin Martínez-Hernández, Nahyr Rovira-Figueroa, and Mónica Feliú-Mójer.

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Expand Your Network: How to Identify Advisors, Mentors, Sponsors and Collaborators for a Successful Career

  1. 1. Expand your network: How to iden3fy advisors, mentors, sponsors and collaborators for a successful career Mary García-Cazarín, Ph.D. Yaihara For6s-San6ago, Ph.D. Kermin Mar=nez-Hernández, Ph.D. Nahyr Rovira-Figueroa, Ph.D. Mónica Feliú-Mójer, PhD. SACNAS Na3onal Conference 2015 Na3onal Harbor, Maryland
  2. 2. Objec3ves •  Mechanics of networking and 1-minute biosketch •  Understand how networking and mentoring help your career •  Self-asses your current network •  Common mistakes
  3. 3. Mechanics of Networking
  4. 4. 1-Minute Biosketch/Elevator Pitch •  Introduce yourself: be professional Hello, my name is... •  Interest/school/job: be concrete I am a senior/junior at _____ high school/college I want to be… I am interested in … •  Hook: every word counts, so REHEARSE this part! Discuss your short term goals (geZng into college, poten6al major) Discuss other relevant ac6vi6es: sports, extracurricular •  Conclusion: Ask for a business card, email or other contact informa6on Show interest in keeping in touch (and KEEP IN TOUCH) Ask a ques6on or two
  5. 5. Re-think Mentoring Having mentors is great but…. …you also need advisors sponsors collaborators
  6. 6. You are here! High school College You need others to reach your goals! Nobody can do it alone
  7. 7. Difference between mentors, sponsors and advisors Mentors Sponsors Advisors A mentor can be a sponsor and an advisor Usually have posi6ons of power Some6mes you have no control over who your advisor is Usually builds personal rela6onships with you They can put in a good word for you Most of the 6me they can only guide you through academic problems or specific issues Knows your cultural background They usually don’t know you that well on a personal level They might not know other aspects of your life Knows your challenges, goals Know your strengths, accomplishments Power dynamics (control over your career) LISTENS to you! Connectors= open doors Have his/her own interest in mind
  8. 8. Networking Yo u A set of relationships that assist in effectively and efficiently completing one’s tasks and in advancing one’s career.
  9. 9. Building your network •  Have goals and stay focused •  Find mentors, sponsors and advisors •  Become a mentor if possible •  Join professional associa6ons •  Have an online professional presence •  Engage in organiza6ons/events at your ins6tu6on •  Carry your business cards at all 6mes
  10. 10. Professional development Emo6onal Support Intellectual Community Role Models Accountability for what REALLY mafers Substan6ve Feedback Access to opportuni6es Sponsorship YOU!
  11. 11. Professional development Emo6onal Support Intellectual Community Role Models Accountability for what REALLY mafers Substan6ve Feedback Access to opportuni6es Sponsorship YOU! Assess your current network
  12. 12. Professional development Emo6onal Support Intellectual Community Role Models Accountability for what REALLY mafers Substan6ve Feedback Access to opportuni6es Sponsorship YOU! Future network
  13. 13. Common Mistakes of Networking Differen3ate the ideal from what’s real “It’s really all about the work, so If I just earn good grades and work hard I will be successful” Reac3ve vs. proac3ve “Everyone is so busy, I don’t want to bother anyone” Hyper-individualism “I can do everything myself, I don’t need others” Wai3ng for the perfect mentor “I am looking for a person who can meet all my needs for my en6re life (career, college plans). If only I can find that person..” Narrow belief “Most people outside my community/school can’t understand my unique circumstance (race, immigra6on status, socio-economic background)”
  14. 14. Common Mistakes of Networking Staying safe I only socialize with people that look like me or that I like Inability to talk about myself I avoid talking about myself or future plans because I don’t want to seem arrogant Self-isola3on I only spend 6me with people I already know Not asking for help I don’t ask for help, assistance, and/or support Perfec3onism I will be isolated un6l I get my life together
  15. 15. Asking mentors/sponsors for recommenda3on leWers •  Give them specific deadlines •  Provide clear instruc6ons and 6melines •  Explain the purpose of the program/applica6on •  Send documents about yourself and program – CV/Resume; Statement of purpose; Bio sketch •  Send friendly reminders •  Write thank you email and follow up (updates)
  16. 16. Final remarks •  Don’t be afraid to connect with others •  Some people will say no but the majority will say yes •  Be proac6ve and professional •  Be ready to network, especially at professional conferences •  Build your network NOW. It’s never too early!
  17. 17. Contact info Mary García-Cazarín: marygacia.mx@gmail.com Yaihara For6s-San6ago: yfor6ss@gmail.com Twifer: @yfor6ss Kermin Mar=nez-Hernández: kmar6nez-hernandez@sjfc.edu Nahyr Rovira-Figueroa: nrovira-figueroa@sjfc.edu Mónica Feliú-Mójer: moefeliu@cienciapr.org Twifer @moefeliu

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