I decided to attend a networking event at the university where I work because I thought it would be a great way to get to know some of the students that I will be working with. The event was called the Canon Law Meet and Greet. The purpose of the event was for all of the students to come together with professors and get to know each other a little bit. Usually this event would have taken place in person, on campus, but with Covid restrictions, the event was held through a Zoom conference call. This actually allowed for more people to participate. The faculty of Canon Law invites future canon lawyers from all over the world to be part of the faculty. They offer all kinds of graduate courses on canon law and safeguarding of minors and vulnerable people.
This event is related to my day job. It was exclusive to members of the faculty but I was able to attend as a guest. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get to know knew people and to find out what draws people to this university and to career choice. Though most canon law students tend to be priests, I learned that not all of them are. I met many other people from all kinds of backgrounds that are fascinated by these studies. I found that very interested. I always find it interesting to learn about why people are interested in certain this. At the beginning of the event, the Dean of the faculty said a few words about how the aim of the faculty and the importance of Canon Law. It’s fascinating because this faculty has a relationship with the Vatican in Rome. Students final thesis are sent to Rome and students from the school travel there annually for a visit.
During the event we had the opportunity to break off into smaller chat rooms. There I was able to find out more about a few people. I met one priest from the UK who told us about the Covid situation over there. I also met another one from Australia. There was another from Barbados! That was the best part of the event for me. I got to meet and learn about people from all over the world.
If I had another opportunity to participate in an event like this, with people from anywhere in the world, and hear their stories, I absolutely would. The also got to know me a little bit and learn about my role within the university. The reason I decided to choose it in the first place was because it was something familiar to me, because I work there, and because I didn’t have any pressure to participate that much. I got to choose to participate and share. I learned that it’s not as hard as I thought it would be and I’ve gained some confidence. I’ve been wanted to expand my network specifically for my writing business. Now that I’m a little more comfortable talking to strangers, I feel like I will be more confident in seeking out relevant writing networking opportunities and participating without any trouble. I’m excited to give it a try!
Laura Bradley (40803034)