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Building Network Takes Time and Patience - Chevening Networking Question

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Oct 23, 2017   #1
Hello Everyone. This is my first essay for Chevening Scholarship. I would be grateful if you could help me to review my essay. Thank you in advance:)

Chevening is looking for individuals with strong networking skills, who will engage with the Chevening community and influence and lead others in their chosen profession. Explain how you meet this requirement, using clear examples of your networking skills, and outline how you hope to use these skills in the future.

Participating in many activities

I always understand that building network takes time and patience. Therefore, since college, I never afraid to take part in any positive activities. I have been joining several student and youth organizations, attending Annual National Conference of International Relations Students, attending Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy and other positive. During college, as the chief of international relations students organization, I helped out my Alumni to established the union of international relations alumni at my university in order to easily engaging with other Alumni of IR Student. But I realize establishing this platform is not enough, I was initiating a meeting between active student and the alumni. Fortunately, with effective communication with the alumni, there were so many alumni coming to the event and share their experiences and knowledge to other student. And this event is becoming yearly event as the new student meet the alumni.

After graduating from college, I never stop building my network. I keep taking a part in positive activities such as volunteering, technological competition, conferences, and etc. I join several volunteering group that allows me to contribute to society by interacting and sharing knowledge with children. I believe that helping and caring others is the most efficient way to deep networking. But more than that, I just want my energy and effort meet someone else need. By surrounding myself with people who have the same passion and energy, I continue to grow as a person. I keep maintain a strong relationship with other volunteers by using traditional communication or even using social media like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and etc.

I had also been participating in several digital competition like hackathon. It's a place where people who believe technology can make our lives better gather and share idea to each other. I was always exciting to work with people who work hard for Indonesia development. These experiences have given me opportunity to meet a lot of people from different background and also broaden my network. These network, I believe, will later be critical to my personal growth and career development.

I believe I have built and maintained a strong network and I also believe with the Chevening Scholarship, it would help me expand my network not only with Chevening community but also with global community. And after graduating from Chevening Scholarship, I will join and cooperate with the Chevening alumni in Indonesia. Coordinating with other Chevening Alumni, I will participate or even organize workshops, seminars, meetings and trainings or any other cheveners event in Indonesia. I want to share my knowledge and experience about Chevening Scholarship and what it's like to live and study in the UK to my fellows Indonesian who want to know about Chevening community.
Eng Mo 2 / 2  
Oct 23, 2017   #2
Hello, I have read your essay and i think it contains good ideas but it is missing a clear example of networking. Think again of a clear example and try to make the essay evolve around it. Mention where this example happened , how did you use your network to act in this situation and what are the results of this. Do not forget to mention how you formed this network.
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Oct 23, 2017   #3
Guntomo, you are only implying that you have the ability to create a network and that you have existing networks that yo work with in this essay. You are not providing information regarding specific organizations and organizations that you are a part of professionally. You need to outline what groups you are networked with, how these networks apply to your profession, how you came into contact with them, and what your status as a member of this network is at the moment. You have to prove that you have a useful professional structure of interconnected professional webs that can be called upon to assist you in your time of need in the workplace. Offer examples of how these networks have worked to your benefit and then explain how you plan to offer up the use of these networks to the Chevening scholar members who are pursuing the same professional goals as you are. Remember, the main point of this essay is to prove that you have a professional network that can be of vital importance to Chevening in the future. If you can prove that, then your essay will be half effective in earning you a spot for consideration in the final round.

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