Building your network is one of the most powerful single actions you can take to advance your career. The old axiom of “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”, although not exactly accurate, is close. It’s what you know AND who you know that matters. This is for very good reason. It is well recognized that employees who are either direct referrals from existing workers, or who are from within the organization, have the highest likelihood of succeeding, vs new hires that come from job posting sites, recruiters, or other more anonymous sources. So building your network so that you can be one of those referrals provides you with a powerful advantage. As part of the SciPhD family, you have access to literally thousands of fellow SciPhD graduates, many of whom are already in professional organizations, and who are happy to assist you in your efforts to land your first job.