SWE members have free or discounted access to all content on the new and improved SWE Advance Online Learning Center. We've reviewed the content and curated some of the best webinars and tracks for SWE Professional Members launching their career. Once logged in, there is one-click registration to access and enjoy the content.
They Don't Teach Corporate in College <<--- Click Here
This one-hour presentation will address the most critical aspects of twenty-something on-the-job behavior and communication, and will provide attendees with concrete strategies they can use immediately to succeed in a professional environment. Understand the importance of the professional persona – or the mature, competent face you project to the work world – and the first impression.
It's a common misconception that females are conditioned to behave in ways that aren’t always recognized as “best practices” in leadership. Often these same practices pit us against one another rather than playing to our natural biological strengths. It’s time to break down and break through these barriers. Understanding the biological basis of a typical female leadership style can help women of all career stages become more successful leaders by discerning how to approach risk, challenge, conflict, and cooperation.
STEM Success for Women: Research-based Strategies to Guide Your Path <<--- Click Here
Research shows that women in STEM fields face some unique career challenges, but it also identifies strategies that can help them succeed. We will examine issues and solutions for managing implicit bias, effective communication and power and influence.
Networking for Newbies <<--- Click Here
Networking is one of the most critical skills to develop and maintain in order to have a successful career. Networking provides the most productive, most proficient and most enduring tactic to build relationships. It is identified as THE takeaway to have from internships, research, and first jobs. However, as an emerging young professional, the real question is where to start. How can you get involved and develop your network? How do you create diversity within your network that will promote your own career aspirations? To succeed you must continually connect with new people, cultivate emerging relationships and leverage your network.
Moving from Individual Contributor to Leader <<--- Click Here
The hot job market will continue for the next three years. People are job seeking in droves in 2017. Many are looking for the next step up in the ladder and into leadership. However, there is a big bridge to cross to go into management and move away from being a solid individual contributor. This presentation provokes the audience with questions as to why they want to enter leadership, and if it’s a good idea.
Challenges for Women Talking in Meetings <<--- Click Here
This experience may be familiar to many women: After witnessing men speaking their minds all day, you offer one firm opinion and it immediately gets perceived as angry, rude, or hostile. As a result, women have often learned to preface their ideas with "I'm sorry, but.." and "Don't you also think..." The language of women speaking in meetings is a delicate balance: being direct without being offensive, being accommodating yet strong, being passionate while not seeming emotional. In this session, we will all share experiences and address the biases that have created this language and ways to overcome them.
Gender bias falls into four distinct patterns. 1) Prove-it-again!: women have to provide more evidence of competence to be seen as equally competent; 2) Tightrope: Women have to behave in traditionally masculine ways (direct, commanding, ambitious) to be seen as go-getters—but women are expected to be feminine. Often women find themselves walking a tightrope between being seen as too feminine to be competent or too masculine to be likable. 3) Maternal wall: Motherhood triggers strong negative competence and commitment assumptions. 4) Tug of War: Gender bias fuels conflict among women, for example when women receive the message that there’s room for only one woman at the top. My interviews with 127 women (over 60 of them in STEM) show how these biases play out in everyday workplace interactions—and the strategies successful women have used to navigate workplaces shaped by subtle bias.
Portraying Courage and Confidence (Even When you are Neither!) <<--- Click Here
For women, and especially for women engineers working in male dominated industries, it is essential to project strong confidence to your senior managers, your staff, project teams and to clients/customers. You want people to have no doubt that you can handle their challenges successfully. Additionally, saying what needs to be said, to the right people, at the right time and in the right manner takes courage. When you exude confidence and courage, others notice. In fact, lacking these skills can hold your career back – even if you have great experience and expertise. Learn how to project an air of self-assurance, face your fears, build your career and, if necessary, pick your battles.
The Lies of the Imposter Complex <<--- Click Here
When we believe the 12 lies of the Impostor Complex, we are held back and away from putting our very best work out into the world. But when we can see them for what they are, we are free to meet our critics head on, fill the gaps we need to get filled and gather the support needed for us to activate our excellence.
Craft Your Career – Find a Job You Love <<--- Click Here
Are you a student trying to find your first job? Or perhaps, you are a seasoned professional looking for the next move of your career? Does the role you want seem unattainable? Finding a job that meets your passion is not always easy but with some conscious investment of time and effort it can be done. Learn some tips and techniques one engineer used to find and get into roles and jobs she loved.
First Job, First Negotiation <<--- Click Here
Employers make job offers in a manner to minimize the likelihood that the candidate will negotiate it.You may hear: “I am so impressed with you that I decided to offer you the highest amount possible from the start,” or, “You have a great GPA but you have a lot to learn and experience to gain. That is why your offer is the same we give to all college seniors.”Yet 86% of employers expect candidates to negotiate the job offer. Not negotiating leaves money out of your wallets. Up to $1 Million during your career! Not negotiating minimizes your benefits. Not negotiating informs the employer they can underpay you during your tenure.