On the blog BiteSizeBio, Yevgeniy Grigoryev previously wrote an article called: How to start your PhD the right way. Now he comes with how to use you department to the fullest.
In the often cold and isolated toil of your PhD or postdoc career, your department is the lifeline you need to stay in touch with other colleagues and faculty, practice your networking skills, obtain sorely needed guidance, share ideas and establish long-lasting collaborations.
So what is his advise? In short, these are his main points:
1. Cultivate good rapport and collaboration
2. Share equipment, offer help and ask for help when needed
3. Take full advantage of core facilities
4. Get involved with your department activities – be visible
To read the full article following this link.