Chevening is looking for individuals with strong networking skills ...
networking - nuclear fission
I started attending networking events in 2016, the first I attended was my secondary school Alumni networking event. I had the opportunity to interact with notable alumni and also shared ideas with them. During this event, we recognized the need to grow our network and reach out to other alumni to enable us to donate and develop our Alma Mata. Based on my experience in Social Media, I volunteered and we were able to reach out to several other alumni worldwide via various social media platforms. This task was also beneficial to me as I was able to demonstrate my strength in Social Media management and I got a referral from one of the alumni to monitor the Social Media platforms of a religious organization.
One of the Alumni we contacted was an Ambassador at the xxx Africa, a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams. She gave us free passes for the xxx festival organized by xxx Africa which I attended earlier this year, it was an event where women who were at the top of their game could interact with young women who were just starting out. We had a group session with xxxx, a wealth management specialist, who spoke about climbing up the financial success ladder and women supporting each other. To this end, I and ten other working-class women got talking at the event and we decided to form a support group where we focus on our professional growth, keeping tabs on our goals and pushing each other to achieve our set goals.
The network I created at this event has contributed to the success and my value in the NGO which I am currently a part of. For instance, In July, when my NGO kicked off the deworming project, one of the women in my support group introduced me to an official at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control who assisted with the donation of the drugs used for the deworming project.
Networking can be likened to nuclear fission, you will realize that each new contact you make disintegrates to new contacts thus gradually leading to a group of contacts.
As a Chevening awardee, I will be able to collaborate with talented individuals from around the world. I would be part of a vast network thus creating opportunities to share perspectives, combine cultures and create new initiatives to support other Chevening scholars and to aid the development of our countries.