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The Value of Networking: A Student’s Perspective

A seasoned networker will know all about the do’s and don’ts of events, but ask a student on the cusp of entering the big bad world of the graduate job market and you’ll most likely be met with a blank stare while their head whirs with the realisation they’ll need to learn, and learn quickly. An increasingly competitive career market calls for a more robust skills base, which extends beyond the top-of-the-league-table degree. University can often feel like a bubble, where students are shielded from the real world with the reassurance of ‘get a good degree, and you’ll make it’. I hate to be the person to tell these students that, unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Yes, you can write a 1st class essay on the implementation of green infrastructure in urban design, and your knowledge of rural diversification is very impressive, but how firm is your handshake?

I learnt early on in my university experience that soft-skills matter. The simple ability to look a person in the eye makes the difference in selling yourself as the kind of person they want on their team. However, most students will tell you their course includes little to do with networking and associations; in many cases students learn about networking post-graduation. But surely these are skills we should be developing from the out-set and throughout? Wouldn’t it be good to enter the business arena with the basic skills of interaction? The answer is yes, yes it would. Developing these skills helps us make those all-important connections in the industry, enabling that foot-in-the-door or a step-up-the-ladder. We’ve all heard ‘it’s about who you know’, and that is why I got involved with Women in Planning. If it’s about who-you-know, I decided to get to know people.

 As a student, it can be very daunting to enter a room with experienced professionals, however if joining the North-West Committee of Women in Planning has taught me anything, it is that these professionals want to encourage and support those entering the industry, as well as those already established. I have made connections with people from all sectors, offering advice but also interested in listening and learning from others. Women in Planning provides an inclusive environment to meet and develop connections, with women from all stages of life and positions welcome to get involved. It is this inclusive environment which sets Women in Planning apart. We strive to encourage those on the path of career development, supporting their journey through the glass ceiling, and we support those with other priorities in life who want to remain connected to the industry. Supporting women of all career stages has developed a diverse pool of experience, providing opportunities to make lasting connections. As a woman just starting out in a career, experiencing this approachable atmosphere has been very reassuring as it is clear that support extends to women of all stages, positions, and ambitions.

Introducing women to the world of networking at an early stage in their career breaks down the perception of networking as a daunting challenge, and demonstrates that networking is in fact an enjoyable and social affair, providing the opportunity to meet like-minded people. We all know networking enables us to expand our knowledge and develop ideas, but experience in networking also helps us recognise opportunities. An offer of a placement, a request for a product or service, and employment openings may appear as passing comments in conversation, and it is these fleeting opportunities which we must learn to seize to take full advantage of the benefits of networking. Developing a confident and sustained presence in the business community is vital in building connections, and the sooner we start establishing our presence the better.

Women in Planning North West will be holding a launch event and details will be released soon. Please get in touch with us for details at womeninplanningnorthwest@gmail.com

K Airey

Kimberley Airey

Student of Environment & Planning

University of Liverpool

North West Committee Member of Women in Planning

LinkedIn: Kimberley Airey

 

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Limited Tickets Released: Women in Planning & CBRE’s Summer Social – 13 July 2017

Owing to the popular response to next week’s event, limited additional tickets have been released on our Eventbrite page.

Places are limited so please book your ticket via our Eventbrite page to avoid disappointment: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-planning-cbre-planning-summer-event-2017-tickets-33973076386

We look forward to seeing you all on the 13 July 2017 from 18:30

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NEW EVENT: Women in Planning & CBRE Planning’s Summer Social Event – 13 July

Join Women in Planning and CBRE Planning on the 13 July for our summer drinks event, kindly sponsored and hosted by CBRE.

We will hear from two leading ladies within CBRE’s Planning Team, Alison Tero and Lorraine Hughes who are both Senior Directors and part of CBRE’s Women’s Network in London. Alison will introduce us to the CBRE Women’s Network which spans the whole company and Lorraine will discuss her career journey to her current position.

Following the presentations, there will be plenty of time for networking over refreshments and nibbles whilst soaking in the view from the St Paul’s rooftop.

Places are limited so please reserve your space via the following Eventbrite link to avoid disappointment: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-planning-cbre-planning-summer-event-2017-tickets-33973076386
We look forward to seeing you on the 13 July!

#CBREPlanning

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NEW EVENT: Fixing the housing crisis. Is the Housing White Paper the answer?

Join Women in Planning at our first breakfast event on the 11th April in partnership with Dentons.

The much anticipated Housing White Paper was published in February and has been hotly debated ever since, with the Shadow Housing Minister John Healey even calling it “a white flag not a white paper“. What impact will the Housing White Paper have on residential developers, local authorities, housing associations, landowners, and investors?

Join us for breakfast and hear what our distinguished panel have to say about it:

Further panellists to be announced closer to the event.

Booking is recommended and can be done via our Eventbrite page.

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NEW EVENT: Women in Planning Christmas Party! Booking now open

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Join us on the 5 December from 6.30pm at Drake and Morgan (down stairs bar, nearest station King’s Cross) for an evening of networking and merry making!

Places are limited and we would advise to book early to secure your free ticket. Tickets can be booked via the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-planning-christmas-party-tickets-15693687241

We look forward to seeing you there!

Women in Planning Committee

This event is kindly sponsored by Osborne Richardson

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About our sponsor:

Osborne Richardson have been established for 25+ years in the property recruitment industry, specialising in Town Planning, Surveying, Environmental Health and more general Real Estate sectors. Henry Taylor (Private Sector Town Planning) and Thomas Atkinson (Public Sector Town Planning) will be attending our event so please speak with them on the night or email them in advance if you have any questions you would like to discuss with them – Henry@osbornerichardson.com or Thomas@osbornerichardson.com.

Follow Osborne Richardson on Twitter:

@OsborneRichards @townplanner_rec 

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Built By Both – Inspire// Network- 17 November 2016

Women in Planning continue to support the brilliant work of this year’s graduate cohort at Barratt Developments PLC. The graduates are fundraising for The Prince’s Trust Million Makers project 2016 via Golden Bricks ( read more here – http://www.barrattgoldenbricks.com/ – it is a brilliant idea!).

One of the projects the graduates have decided to deliver is Built By Both. So what is it? Don’t ask us but read what the graduates say about it:

“Built by Both’s main objective is to inspire young women to embark on careers within the built environment and show credit to those already working in our industry. We aim to promote this initiative via educational experience days for students and networking events for young women to meet inspirational role models. With an emphasis on the current demand for housing in the UK, partnered with a skills shortage and poor representation of women in these roles, we are really excited to inspire the next generation of builders, engineers, architects, planners, developers and more.”

Please do show your support for these graduates by attending the next event:

Date: 17 November 2016

Venue: Aedas, Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, London E1W 1AT

Time: 18:30 – 21:30

Buy tickets here http://www.barrattgoldenbricks.com/built-by-both-tickets-nov

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Women in Planning supporting new LGBT network – Planning Out

Women in Planning are proud to be supporting a new LGBT network Planning Out. One of the founders, Simon Brooksbank, was inspired by our Helen Hayes event earlier this year. We are glad the discussion about diversity, equality and inclusion in the planning profession is infectious!

Planning Out first event is on 28 July, read below for more details about the new network.

Planning Out

Planning Out is an LGBT network for professionals in the planning sector.

Planning Out has two key aims. Firstly it is a forum for professionals in the LGBT community to develop professional connections and friendships, learn best practice and share ideas from colleagues across the industry.

Secondly our aim is to provide a forum to encourage LGBT professionals to be themselves and be authentic in the workplace and in their everyday lives so that they can fulfil their potential.

We welcome all people regardless of seniority, public, private, voluntary or academic sectors as well as those who are supportive of our cause. We also welcome professionals who are connected to the planning industry.
Launch Event
Planning Out’s Launch Event is on Thursday 28 July:

Date: Thursday 28 July
Time: 6pm arrival for 6.30pm start
Venue: Turley, 5, Charlotte building, 17 Gresse St, W1T 1QL
Booking and more information: http://planningout.eventbrite.co.uk

The event will feature speakers, drinks and great networking opportunities – limited spaces left!
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