With each new seating arrangement came a few seconds of introductory greetings, which then descended quickly into flowing conversation, accompanied by hearty chuckles and the occasional sound of clinking glasses.
At the sound of a buzzer that rang every several minutes, clusters of individuals arose, shuffled amongst one another, and reorganized themselves into separate designated tables.
“There were people employed in all different areas, including the areas I’m interested in,” she says.
“Usually you have to go through a lot of work to meet someone.
“The idea is to gain exposure to a number of professions in a short span of time.
Graduate students and postdocs juggle so many responsibilities that career exploration is rarely a priority.