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.

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 90-minute roundtable 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.

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.

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.

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.

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