Please help proof read my draft on networking question - Chevening essay!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
MY NETWORKING SKILLS
Networking which is the act of meeting new people in a business or social context does not only strengthen the relationship among the parties involved but also help in achieving maximum results in tackling problems in a professional settings.
Since I bagged a B. ENG degree in electrical/electronic engineering, I have managed to build a strong network of engineers in Nigeria. Just after my graduation, I signed a contract with an electrical installations establishment as a technical assistant. My establishment is registered under the Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN); a body whose roles are to ensure that materials for electrical jobs are up to standard with the required quality, and also to check the emergence of quacks in electricity works in Nigeria. My position as the team leader of a team of four technical assistants in my establishment has made me to be in regular contact with other engineers in the field of electrical engineering in the country.
I established my network by contacting the regional coordinator of LECAN in our region for a seminar/workshop on 'How to identify fake and substandard electrical materials and build a strong professional ethic' for members of my team. The seminar featured other engineers from other regions whom our regional coordinator had invited. Every member of my team had the opportunity to meet and share contacts with other professional colleagues present at the workshop. The regional coordinator whom I now have his contact and kept in touch with on regular basis invited me to a biannual regional meeting of LECAN held at the State's headquarters. At the meeting, I had the opportunity of meeting with and exchanging contacts with the National coordinator of LECAN in the North central zone hence, my network is extended.
My establishment benefited from the network I built with the National coordinator when he introduced me to the manager of Odus Electrical, Ughelli. Odus Electrical is a renowned distributor of electrical materials and appliances in Delta State. With this contact, my establishment has always had access and bought quality materials for her jobs thereby making her one of the highly sought after establishments for electrical installations job in our region in recent times.
I wish to extend this networking skills I have built and acquired over time to other Chevening scholars. I am envisaging a network where scholars in my field would be directly involved with LECAN, making useful suggestions and a possible market system where quality electrical materials could be traded thereby maintaining a solid network between the countries involved.