Meet our We17 Sponsors: Praxair

Meet our We17 Sponsors: Praxair

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We are pleased to announce Praxair is sponsoring the Rapid Fire research presentation competition at We17. Through this sponsorship, Praxair and GradSWE members can connect for networking, professional development, and career opportunities. Praxair is interested in students like you!

Whether you are attending conference or not, be sure to check out their Careers Page for more information. Learn about their career areas, culture, and leadership development program.

They have both full-time opportunities and internships. Praxair is looking for talented engineers like our GradSWE members!

Polish your resume and practice your elevator pitch, We17 is all about making new connections.

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Meet our We17 Sponsors: Autodesk

Meet our We17 Sponsors: Autodesk

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We are pleased to announce Autodesk is sponsoring the Graduate Student Reception at We17 (Friday, October 27 at 5:00). Through this sponsorship, Autodesk and GradSWE members can connect for networking, professional development, and career opportunities. Autodesk is interested in students like you!

Whether you are attending conference or not, be sure to check out their Careers Page for more information. Learn about their career opportunities for graduating students.

Check out their LinkedIn and even their Instagram!

Polish your resume and practice your elevator pitch, We17 is all about making new connections.

Transferable Skills and the Pursuit of PhD

The entrepreneurship bug is alive and well today. We hear about starts as pragmatic as Uber to frivolous games that waste hours on end. It seems that today’s economic environment is ripe for innovative ideas and disruptive technology. It’s all very exciting to hear about technology licensed out of graduate labs and someone else’s uncle’s friend who’s app was purchased for millions of dollars. For the academic, however, it begs the question:

Does graduate school provide any transferable skills that would be valueable in the marketplace?

Of course we can endlessly debate the utility (or lack thereof) of an advanced degree but the reality is that there are more MS and PhDs graduating every year than academia can employ. There are numerous articles that spell doom and gloom for the budding scientist about to enter the job market. Theoretically, we scientists have it better than English majors, yet the prospects are still not so optimistic for STEM majors.  Whether we choose to explore a non-traditonal career, a career in industry or start our own venture, it’s clear that academia cannot absorb us all.

With this is mind, I came across an interesting site this week where the blogger helps wayward academics find their way to starting their own education/teaching/consulting business. It may be worthwhile to explore the option of starting your own venture, either as a source of additional income or full time. The Scholarpreneur took and interesting view of the academic background and gave it a validity that I rarely see. Learn more about the site and their offerings here.

February Webinar: Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Speaker: Candice F. Landry, PhD, MBACandice Landry

Candice has over a decade of experience as a technical contributor on multi-national projects, including R&D for academia, government, and industry; offshore rig construction; and investor relations.  She is a champion for multi-discipline STEM programs.

She graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Microbiology, and pursued her interests in experimental science to earn a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Houston. Candice earned an MBA with a Finance specialization from Tulane University thereafter, and now works to integrate technology and business as an Intellectual Asset Manager for Halliburton.

Candice serves as the Director of Technology for the Women’s Energy Network, and as a lead on outreach programs aiming to transition STEM graduates into a career in industry. Through Halliburton’s Diversity and Inclusion Program, she travels to speak with SWE members about professional development and emerging technologies in oil and gas.

Title: Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Preparing to launch your career in industry can be daunting. Join the discussion on how to make the move from academia to a professional venture smoothly. We will discuss key elements that will prepare you to successfully launch into the process of building a professional network and crafting a resume that works for you!

Join us on Thursday, February 26th at 10:00 AM CST! 

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3825966577167265025

Resume vs. CV

I went to a great workshop this fall at my university that I’ll summarize here, as I thought other graduate students might be interested in this information as well. The Powerpoint presentation is available online if anyone would like to read more.

phdcomics

  Resume CV
Purpose Skills and abilities History, education, accomplishments
Type of positions Private sector, government, nonprofit Academia, federal government (PhD level)
Content Multiple documents tailored to specific positions Full list of qualifications
Structure Arranged chronologically and/or functionally, action verbs are key Organized by titles and accomplishments
Length 1-2 pages As long as needed
Lest you forget, there are not a lot of women engineers.

Lest you forget, there are not a lot of women engineers.

Do you ever find yourself, going about your business, interacting with your peers when someone goes out of their way to remind you that you are a “lady engineer”?  Mind you, I didn’t say “engineer”, I said “lady engineer”.  Every so often I get a subtle or sometimes not so subtle reminder that I am not a full member of the club, that I am not like most.

This past weekend the Super Bowl featured two commercials that brought this issue front and center.  The first was an ad for Volkswagen.  Volkswagen came under fire for not including women as engineers.  [WARNING:  DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS IN THIS VIDEO!] I read a lot of the discussion around this video and my favorite defense for the lack of women’s representation is that it accurately reflects the lack of women engineers in real life.  This one is my favorite because their argument for a lack of representation of women in a video where engineers magically sprout wings is that it is being realistic.  So women are a minority in engineering.  Did anyone not know that?

The other commercial that brought this issue into the spotlight was a commercial for GoldieBlox.   [WARNING:  DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS IN THIS VIDEO, ALSO YOU MAY CRY WHEN ALL THE LITTLE GIRLS SALUTE]  GoldieBlox is an engineering toy  marketed towards girls.  The company and founder are unapologetically critical of the toy industries gender ghettos.  Part of the drama surrounding this particular commercial is that a previous Goldie Blox commercial that went viral included a parody of the misogynistic Beastie Boys.  The Beastie Boys do not want their music used or parodied in commercials which caused a conflict. However, this commercial brought a refreshing change to some of the previous Super Bowl commercials that gain popularity through objectification of women.

Two commercials, one takeaway: there aren’t many women in engineering. Maybe Volkswagen hadn’t intended to make a point but their own bias showed the sad truth (not angel transmogrification).  GoldieBlox depicted a community of little girls demanding change, and possibly launching a rocket made of pink toys into space.  They are both a reality, women in engineering are a minority and, often, lack visibility but they also have communities that are striving for change.

I have one more link and then I will quite.  A young man in Toronto is contesting his failing grade in a class that he only attended once.  His reason is that the class was all women and he is shy.  Now I do not mean to be insensitive of people who social anxiety, it is difficult and those who suffer from it deserve help and consideration.  However, when it isn’t people or strangers that make a person nervous, it is only women, that isn’t social anxiety that is sexism.  It is based on  the belief that women aren’t people.  Raj on the Big Bang Theory has a similar problem.  He can’t talk to women because women are a special subset of being.  There are people and then there are women.

This may sound strange coming from someone who is actively involved in the Society of Women Engineers but I promise that I don’t do it because I love setting myself apart from my male peers, I do it because the engineering community hasn’t gotten to the part where they will stop separating me out.  Someday we won’t need GoldieBlox or SWE because Lego and every other engineering organization will be enough but right now they are not.

Also, SWE has pashminas as volunteer gifts at their national conference, I will stay for those.