Professional Development

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Professional development opportunities, such as workshops, professional panels, and career resources are offered by ECS at its biannual meetings. ECS works to provide workshop opportunities for students, early career researchers, and experienced professionals.

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Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

AiMES 2018 Meeting in Cancun, MX
  • Strategic Tools for a Successful Career (NEW)
  • Essential Elements for Employment Success
  • Managing and Leading Teams
  • Resume Review
  • Running an Effective Meeting

Workshop descriptions

Strategic Tools for a Successful Career

Scientists and engineers often find themselves trapped in a career that is far from fulfilling their dreams and aspirations. It is not for a lack of working hard. It is simply because they have not learned or (re)discovered themselves the keys to build a very successful career. In this workshop filled with hands-on exercises, the participants will actively engage these essential principles.

First, we ask what success really means for each of us as we discover that, like for our hobbies or favored dishes, the word “success” hides very different and individual realities which we need to clearly articulate. Having clarified this foundation, we will discuss goals, their importance and the way to work with them. For goals are the blue print of success.

This workshop is adapted from part of the material developed and presented in the Mentoring Program for early-career scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Energy Technology Area.

This workshop is 2.5 hours.

An Introduction to Intellectual Property

In recent years intellectual property has become contentious with notable high-tech companies influencing patent rights. Nevertheless, IP continues to play a key role in the development and innovation ecosystem, particularly for start-ups and early-stage commercialization. In this short course, we will get down to basics in exploring the role of IP in protecting your early-stage development and commercialization. Along the way, we will review IP basics and explore portfolio development to help protect your inventions. Decisions such as internal R&D, strategic partnerships or licensing are informed by your portfolio. And finally, what to do when you have to enforce your rights.

This workshop is 2.5 hours.

Grant Writing 101

Whether your career takes you to Industry, Academia or a National Lab, chances are that you will be intimately involved in writing research grant proposals. In fact, your career growth may largely hinge on your ability to raise funding. While each proposal is unique, lying at the intersection of the funding agency needs and your technical idea, there are very important guidelines that must be observed in order to maximize the probability of success. As this workshop is interactive, it would be particularly meaningful and useful for the participants to be prepared to work with a real example. This could be a proposal they have submitted in the past or one they anticipate to submit.

This workshop is 2.5 hours.

Refresh & Connect: An ECS Mentoring Session

ECS coordinates a group of mentors to meet with students and early career professionals in small roundtable groups. The discussions topics vary and are often led by the group. Topics that are often covered usually focus on around career-life balance, building contacts and networks, questions about career paths, and perspective experiences.

This is a 1.5 hour roundtable workshop.

Managing and Leading Teams

Nearly all engineers and scientists work in teams where a leader oversees and guides process/product development and direction. When technically-trained individuals undertake a leadership role, frustration is a frequent outcome, despite technical competency and good intentions. This workshop will discuss reasons why engineers and scientists often find adaptation into leadership roles disconcerting and will explore ways to smooth the transition.

This is a 2.0 hour workshop.

Managing Conflict

When more than one person is in a meeting, disagreement on the interpretation of results, conclusions, implementation, and subsequent directions is the likely outcome, which leads to conflict. An effective leader has learned how to manage conflict and use it to improve team performance. This workshop will discuss conflict sources and explore ways to minimize the disruption that often results.

This is a 1.0 hour workshop.

Running an Effective Meeting

Meetings are activities that play a critical role in decision-making and change within the successful operation of a team or organization. Unfortunately, meetings are frequently viewed as bad, ineffective, and a waste of time. Such conclusions are often justified because they result from ineffective leadership and unprofessional behavior by attendees. This workshop will explore reasons for the inappropriate conduct displayed and discuss approaches to facilitate effective and productive meetings.

This is a 1.0 hour workshop.

Essential Elements for Employment Success

Landing your next job requires selective and effective networking, developing and submitting specifically targeted resumes and cover letters, locating relevant job opportunities and preparing for and participating in the job interview. This workshop will provide up-to-date information and tips for employment success.

This is a 2.0 – 3.0 hour workshop.

Resume Review

Bring your resume for a one-on-one session with an industry leader and expert on resume development. You will walk away with a resume that is sure to land you your next interview. To sign-up for a resume review appointment, you must first attend the Essential Elements for Employment Success; registration for a resume review occurs during the Essential Elements for Employment Success workshop.

Appointments are 20-minutes in length.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops being offered will be listed under the next biannual meeting.