Goal Setting 2012

Happy New Year!  I hope you were able to re-energize and recharge over the holidays and are ready for this new year.  The beginning of the year is an excellent time to discuss setting goals for 2012.  Goals are a great way to challenge ourselves to achieve important tasks.  As a graduate student it is easy for me to let one year blend into the next without even realizing it.  I find it helpful to set goals so that I stay on task and focused with my activities.  As engineers we value efficiency and goals can help us to utilize our time more effectively.  I encourage you to take the time to set your own goals.  Write them down (or type them up) and refer to them throughout the year.  A major goal for the year can seem overwhelming so be sure to break it down into some manageable action items.  Posting them at your desk is a good way to ensure that the next time you think about your goals is before January 2013.  Also, being continually reminded of your goals will help guide your actions and decisions toward achieving them. You could even schedule 15 minutes a week or month to review them or meet with a friend to discuss.

A couple ideas for 2012 goals

Goal: Improve my network
Action Plan: Attend Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference in Houston for WE12: Three Days of Energy. A Lifetime of Opportunity. Mark your calendar now for November 8-10, 2012
Participate in Association for Women in Science (AWIS) STEMinar: Using Mentoring and Networking to Develop Your Leadership Skills: https://m360.awis.org/ViewEvent.aspx?id=35822&instance=0 

Goal: Enhance my Writing/Technical Skills
Action plan: Watch How to Write a Research Paper: http://youtu.be/0oAFVHb21HM
Read a protocols book related to my research and try a new technique or assay

Goal: Get a Mentor
Action Plan: Find a mentor through MentorNet.net

Goal: Do science and engineering outreach
Action Plan: Volunteer with SWE Outreach programs
Mentor an undergraduate student through MentorNet.net
Judge local science fairs

Marcella Vaicik
WE13 Graduate Programming Coordinator


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