Being Social Media Savvy!

So much excitement is in the air with we17 just around the corner!

With that being said as Social Media Chair, I just wanted to share a few tips for being smart and savvy on your social media networks. As networking is a huge part of we17, there is great possibility that you can meet your future employers, business colleagues and intellectual collaborators. With our technology advancing world, you can be sure that many people will view your social media profile, posts, tweets, videos, pictures and more to learn as much as they can about you.  In this case, being aware of your social media presence or rather what it says about you is pretty important for building your brand and/or reputation.

So a few general tips in putting your best foot forward are as follows:

Convey your Aims/Interests
Your media outlets serve as representation of you and your interests, goals and personality.  Be sure what you want to show to future collaborators or colleagues are represented, you never know who is looking at your tweets, profile or posts. You can even have a friend or two browse over your profiles and websites to help give opinions on your material if your message comes across and even if it may or may not be appropriate.

Be Selective on Photos
You know there is a saying “A picture is worth 1000 words”, so be sure the best pictures are present conveying the best message you want representing you. Definitely enjoy life, but be cautious about what you share (in which this could also be a matter of understanding your privacy/sharing settings). In this digital world we live in, we can
be sure we are judged by the company we keep and what we post. Be visible, but you may not want to show everything (pun intended).  Be aware what the public sees can be interpreted as a reflection of you and your lifestyle.

Being active, showing well rounded personality/likability
If you have an account established, go ahead and use it! Be sure to highlight the good stuff in your life which can include academics such as those publications and research presentations as well as the not so academic such as that chorus performance or home run you hit out of the park. Enjoy your browsing and like or tag articles/posts or other things you agree with and/or support, but again be conscious that it can be interpreted as a representation of your beliefs/values.

These are just a few tips to get you started. There are many many more tips available out there and some sources can even provide specific feedback depending on which social media outlet is being used.  Be sure and do your homework, GradSWEsters!

Happy and Smart Posting! And for many of you, see you in Austin, TX!

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Make Use of Your GradSWE Support and Your SWE Voice

For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry -this is true for those collegiate and professionals at the graduate level as well.

I read several articles recently highlighting the harsh reality indicating women often leave the male dominated field of engineering.  A commonality among women who left the field revealed concerns in the culture with negative group dynamics and often feeling marginalized throughout their educational and workforce experiences.  Suggestions to combat this environment were not only advancing engineering education standards, but also addressing gendered expectations in engineering programs and ultimately in the workforce.

This aligns greatly to the support GradSWE and our SWE network offers in this initiative.  For starters, SWE serves as a voice and outlet for women throughout different stages in their career and education.   SWE partners and collaborates with corporations to continue vouching for diversity initiatives in different types of organizations.

To experience this support and voice empowerment for yourself, check out the reputable annual  we17  conference.  Many conference workshops and sessions are geared directly in this initiative in supporting women to navigate through the reality of challenging work environments whether at internships, co-ops, and in your academic departments. Not only can the struggles as women in the field be discussed, but also women of different races, ethnic backgrounds and cultural differences can be shared and collaborated on in order to empower one another going forward.

A few examples of these sessions at we17 in Austin, Texas, USA include:

A Woman Among Men: Thriving in a Male-Dominated Workforce [Inclusion and Cultural Awareness Session]

  • Held on Thursday, October 26th @ 3:15pm-4:15pm

Advocates for Women Engineers in the Global Marketplace: Partnering with SWE for Success [Advocating for Change Session]

  • Held on Friday, October 27th @ 10:00am-11:15am

Empowering Women of Color in Academia – The Missing Conversation on Unspoken Challenges [Women in Academia Session]

  • Held on Saturday, October 28th @ 2:45pm-3:45pm

More details on locations/changes will be provided in conference agenda -be sure to check for these sessions and many, many more.

Furthermore, GradSWE support these efforts with structured leadership roles advocating in diversity and inclusion as well as international engagement information for members. SWE also acknowledges further commitment with embracing diversity in order to work collaboratively and support each one another with various Affinity groups.  And by no means, does the efforts stop there –you too can be a part of the discussion and GradSWE can help in developing your ideas further! We are a network of women with years of experience and knowledge eager to uplift women in aspiring, advancing and achieving their dreams.  Be fearless GradSWE!

Make A Networking Step with GradSWE!

Hello GradSWEsters and Happy Summer!

I am delighted to greet you all as your FY18 Social Media Coordinator.  I am looking forward to keeping you all informed of the latest GradSWE buzz and news.  As a part of my reign, every few weeks I will also share an interesting tidbit or enlightening discussion point with you all.

Over the last few weeks, I have read several articles providing tips for women business leaders and entrepreneurs in which a common piece of advice focused on the power of networking with other women.  Initially, there were notions of how there seems to be a gap in the lack of women leader role models.  It is imperative for women to see other women have broken these barriers and paved the way so more women can follow and create new paths of their own.

With that being said, as leading women in engineering, future business owners, and creative innovators be sure to use the network around you and what other place to start then SWE!  Many of our members serve as role models as entrepreneurs and leading women in industry in a range of fields all over the world.  If you are not a part of GradSWE and our larger SWE family, be sure to get connected to our cohort of leaders as SWE does not by any means lack a range of leaders as well as opportunities for leadership growth.

There are many ways to connect with women in the organization including through resources such as mentoring groups, interactive webinars, informative podcasts and within our social media outlets. In addition, there are numerous resources, learning tools and programs with all different types of interest that you can align your passions with as well as grow your own seeds. These women serve as a great body of support in a unique way as it can be expected that they would have dealt with similar challenges and issues while building successful empires.

You can reach out to your fellow SWEsters in your own backyards within graduate sections and at the upcoming WE Local events.  And of course, with the theme of Always Connecting, Always Engineering, what other event will connect you and increase your network with over 11,700 women in attendance? None other than the highly anticipated WE17 conference coming this fall in October.  For more on WE17: http://we17.swe.org/

Let GradSWE be your step into a larger network of professional and business women.  Even as graduate students, do not be afraid to ADVANCE thoughts into creations, ASPIRE meaningful collaborations, and ACHIEVE success positively impacting the world.

Summer dreams -Not Deferred! Let’s go GradSWE!