Chevening is looking for individuals with strong networking skills, who will engage with the Chevening community and influence and lead others in their chosen profession. Explain how you meet this requirement, using clear examples of your networking skills, and outline how you hope to use these skills in the future.
Our modern world has made it almost inevitable not to interact with other people. We exchange pleasantries and contacts with each other, hence developing networks with people who are useful to us. Personally, I believe that networking is a critical activity for anyone wishing to improve himself or herself. Furthermore, it maximizes the outcomes of an individual’s professional and academic work, thus achieving the best for his or her country.
The networking experience I have gained working at peace and international security center exposed me to various national, regional, and even global platforms where I have had the opportunity of applying and developing my networking skills. From these conferences and conventions, I have been able to broaden my knowledge and skills, improve my work output and results, as well as contribute significantly to the Egyptian efforts aimed at combating human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.
Similarly, I have also been involved in organizing and attending international workshops and conferences. Excellent examples include the Cairo consultations of the high-level independent panel on peace operations, as well as the 23rd Annual meeting of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC). During these conferences, I was always focused on broadening my professional network by interacting and exchanging contacts with various persons of interest such as the United Nations peace-keeping missions. Working alongside these professionals has allowed me to share my ideas and opinions about the work we do at our center, hence will enable us to establish connections with some of these experts. Furthermore, the knowledge they have shared with us has gone a long way in assisting us in the development of training manuals and improvement of our training tools and techniques. For example, we have successfully concluded the development of training manuals and materials for this year. This was done in collaboration with experts from different bodies such as UNHCR, AU, and UNODC.
Moreover, since our work involves different people from different nationalities working on a similar document, I have assisted my workmates in establishing networks with colleagues from other nations. This has allowed them to coordinate their work regionally, exchange information and ideas, and enhanced the region’s efforts in dealing with human trafficking and smuggling of immigrants once they go back to their countries respectively. It has always been my tradition to keep networks with our participant’s alumni just to make sure that we continually develop their skills and provide the necessary assistance to them after they return to their organizations.
If given the opportunity to be a Chevening scholar, I will engage other scholars and alumni in sharing ideas and experiences. As such, this will allow me to expand my network, establish relationships and career opportunities for myself and others. Additionally, I will create a forum on social media whose purpose will be to help prospective candidates with tips and advice on the procedure for applying for the Chevening scholarship. This will help me grow my network.