Professional Development Workshops

Offered at each of the biannual Society meetings the professional development workshops help to serve our members. These workshops are available to you whether you are a student looking for some help with your resume or a mid-career researcher looking for a refresher on team management.

Pre-registration for each workshop is required. Professional development workshop pricing will be announced in January 2018.

233rd ECS Meeting in Seattle, WA

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 two-hour 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 two-hour workshop.

Panel of Professionals: Career Exploration in the Electrochemical and Solid State Science and Technology
Are you unsure of what career options are available in electrochemistry and solid state science and technology? Then this session is for you. Join us for a panel discussion where professionals from industry, academia (large research & small teaching), and government will discuss the unique opportunities and challenges of pursuing a career in their chosen field.
Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with each professional through small breakout groups following the panel. Students and early-career professionals are strongly encouraged to attend. This is a one-hour workshop.

Resume Review
Now that you’ve attended Part 1: Essential Elements for Employment Success, 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. An appointment can be scheduled for a resume review when attending the Essential Elements for Employment Success. Appointments are 20-minutes in length.

Running an Effective Meeting (NEW)
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.

View all of the professional development workshops that have been offered by ECS.