Networking is the process of making connections and building relationships. In the Biomanufacturing program we often stress that these connections can provide students with advice and contacts, which can help them make informed career decisions. Often networking can help students ﬁnd unadvertised jobs/internships. Networking also breaks up the monotony of lectures and learning, giving students a new way to look at why they are in school. It’s also fun and a way to meet new people and make friends.
As part of the Student Chapter of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), Skyline College students were invited to an annual networking/vendor showcase for the West Coast Chapter of the PDA. In this free event, students were able to talk to many professionals in the Biopharma field and get a good idea of what jobs in Risk Management, Quality Control and Project Management really do.
The next Networking event for Biology and Biomanufacturing, will be with the Chinese Bioscience Association on October 8th. Look for the posters in Building 8 or email Dr. Michael Song (SongM@smccd.edu) for more information.
Being active in these professional organizations is not only good for one’s career but it is fun and gives students a chance to use the education that they get in their classes.
Article and Photos by Nick Kapp