Monday, March 21, 2011

IEEE-USA Webinars for professional development

Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School
Presenter: Carl Selinger
Date: Thursday, 14 April 2011
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
Engineers today start their careers with excellent technical skills and subject-matter expertise. However, they are often less able to cope with the people, procedures and pressures of the real world. This one-hour webinar discusses the 12 most important soft skills engineers need to be more effective in work and in life. Using straight talk and down-to-earth examples, skills covered include: decision-making, setting priorities and managing time, running meetings, working in teams, better understanding of yourself and others (like co-workers, clients and your manager!), leadership skills, negotiating, getting feedback, dealing with stress and having fun, and, of course, improving speaking, writing and listening. 

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How Can Your Section Start an Employment Network?
Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
Employment Networks are beginning to form in Regions and Sections by IEEE members who are looking for work across the IEEE landscape. These Employment Networks are providing support and guidance by helping to review resumes, conduct mock interviews as well as sharing networking tips and news of job opportunities. During this webinar, members from Region 3 and the Rock River Valley Section of Region 4 will share their stories about how they were able to start their Employment Networks. Please join us for this informative webinar about how you can start your own Employment Network.

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Fearless Networking for Engineers
Professional networking can be really challenging. This webinar simplifies the concept of networking and provides useful tips on how to network as an introvert. Learn the questions that can help you interact with people in your professional network and enhance your career today! "Fearless Networking for Engineers" was streamed live on 23 February as part of the IEEE Gold Webinar series.

Career Workshop in Philadelphia

I am pleased to spread the news about the upcoming Career Workshop being organized by the Philadelphia Section with the help of IEEE-USA Career and Workforce Policy Committee in cooperation with the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services Committee. 

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost: [$20 for IEEE members; $30 for non members, $10 for students and unemployed.] Includes coffee, lunch, and handout of slides

Location: Temple University (Room 126, Engineering Building)  Philadelphia, PA

Registration Link:

The goal of this event is to teach you how to help yourself manage/run your career in this era of globalization and selective hiring. Learn about:
- Changes in the job market, list of resulting challenges,
- Job market requirements, how you relate to market, your business model,
- Analyzing personal factors impacting adapting to new workplace,
- Starting a personal career plan, values statement, and branding,
- New methods of job search, and begin development of your elevator pitch,
- Understanding the interview process, what to expect, how to present yourself,
- How to help yourself using IEEE resources and be motivated to try new job search approaches.

Please spread the word.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Welcome to IEEE Region 2 PACE Blog

As the IEEE Region 2 PACE Coordinator for 2011, it is my pleasure to invite you to this blog which I hope will be a forum for interactive dialog about professional development activities across our region.

I will post here useful links, information about events being organized by different IEEE sections across our region, tips for successful planning.  Please feel free to share your suggestions and any questions you might have.  

As most of you know, the just concluded IEEE-USA Annual Conference featured a rich variety of technical and professional development sessions.  This is the link for the presentations of most of the speakers.

What are your hot buttons? What help do you need in organizing Section activities? Let me know.

Murty Polavarapu