“Look at the tower I built!” “Wanna hear me count to 50?” “Watch me ride my bike!”
If you’ve spent time around kids, you know that they are often uninhibited in sharing about their recent accomplishments and abilities. Maybe you’ve babysat or have nieces, nephews or kids of your own, but you know about the persistent and passionate pleas of a child to pay attention to them!
But somewhere along the way, many of us were told, overtly or subliminally, that bragging and being ostentatious is not ladylike. This culture that encourages female modesty fosters a workplace where women are less likely to talk about their achievements than men.
Advocating for oneself in the academy and industry is key for demonstrating leadership skills and therefore achieving upward advancement, but for many of us, it is also risky. When we go against the norm of humility and brag about our accomplishments, we may be perceived as too strong, pushy, and less likeable, even by other women. For introverts and anxious types it can be especially uncomfortable to bring attention to oneself. It’s not always easy, but tasteful self-promotion is something we should all practice.
Here are some tips to become a pro at self-promotion!
- Be proud of your successes! You worked hard for them and the world deserves to celebrate with you.
- Reclassify the task. Terms like “bragging” can carry a negative connotation. Consider your self-promotion “networking” or “increasing visibility.” It’s just like any other leadership skill!
- Be yourself. Find ways to authentically promote yourself in ways that make sense for your personality and your industry.
- If not your own, then promote the work of others. Women are generally more comfortable with advocating for others than for themselves and maybe with some practice you’ll feel empowered to promote yourself. Alternatively, create safe spaces for self-promotion in your lab or community!
Ready to give it a shot? Check out Carolyn’s post about developing a personal website, nominate yourself to be considered for a GradSWE Spotlight or WE Local award and be sure to share with us how you are promoting your amazing accomplishments in the comments or on social media (@SWE_grad)!
We are pleased to announce Praxair is sponsoring the Graduate Student Reception (Friday, October 19th at 5:00 pm) and the Rapid Fire research presentation competition at WE18. Through this sponsorship, Praxair and GradSWE members can connect for networking, professional development, and career opportunities. Praxair is interested in students like you!
Praxair is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. With market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and 2017 sales of $11 billion, the company employs over 26,000 people globally and has been named to the Dow Jones® World Sustainability Index for 15 consecutive years. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Our products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others.
Check out their career areas and/or career opportunities for more information. If you’d like, feel free to explore their social media on LinkedIn and Instagram!
We are pleased to announce Autodesk is sponsoring the Graduate Student Reception at WE18 (Friday, October 19th at 5:00 pm). Through this sponsorship, Autodesk and GradSWE members can connect for networking, professional development, and career opportunities. Autodesk is interested in students like you! They hire interns in many business functions including Engineering, Design, and Business so feel free to come prepared with questions you may have about their program!
Whether you are attending the 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!
The SWE Annual Conference, WE18, is fast approaching, and we are pleased to share some of the sessions BY graduate students FOR graduate students:
(FULL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE)
Thursday, October 18th
- 12:45-1:45 PM | Big Step for Me, Giant Leap for SWE-Kind: Staying Involved in SWE After College
- 2:00-3:00 PM | Life after Grad School: Transitioning from Graduate Student to Professional
- 4:30-5:30 PM | Preparing Powerful Application Essays
Friday, October 19th
- 10:15-11:30 AM | Rapid Fire 1: Graduate Students
- 3:30-5:00 PM | Graduate Member Meeting
- 5:00-6:30 PM | Graduate Student Reception (Sponsors: Autodesk, Lockeed Martin, and Praxair)
Saturday, October 20th
- 1:30-1:50 PM | Utilizing Online Platforms for Self-Promotion: Personal Websites and Social Media
- 2:00-3:00 PM | Embracing Failures in Academia to Break Personal Boundaries
- 3:15-4:15 PM | A Tale of Two PhDs and the Value of Diversity
We highly encourage participation in these sessions led by your fellow peers and academics. It can be an impactful learning experience, and high attendance numbers demonstrate that the graduate population in SWE continues to grow!
Are you still looking to coordinate travel/accommodations for WE18? Fill out this form, and we will try to get you connected to other graduate students traveling to the conference.
If you cannot attend WE18, watch for graduate programming at 2019 WE Locals or at WE19. Want to get more involved in the programming that is offered at WE Locals? The deadline to submit an abstract for 2019 WE Locals has been extended to Monday, August 20th.
Any questions about programming at WE18 can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org