Welcome the Professional Graduate Team to FY18

What is the Professional Graduate Team?

The Graduate SWE program has been primarily focused on those students who have directly transitioned to their graduate program from their undergraduate coursework. The Graduate SWE Professional Taskforce was established to address a gap and engage more of those professionals returning to school and integrate them into the SWE Graduate mission.

Why is this sector of GradSWE important?

As two professionals that have returned to school, the balancing act is different than continuing your education path after undergraduate coursework, and it creates an additional ball to juggle (especially if continuing to work part-time or full-time).

Many of the resources that GradSWE is developing benefit professionals, too, but may just need to be packaged and delivered differently (i.e. email vs. blog post). Our intent is to bring this additional layer of diversity to our robust graduate mission and impact more of our members.

What are our plans for 2017-2018?

The primary object for this fiscal year is to focus on learning about professional SWE members who return to school and provide resources for them and employers.

This includes expanding the current mindset of GradSWE to include more features that are useful for professionals who are students. An example includes incorporating more podcasts or creating podcasts in conjunction with webinars.

Additionally, we’ll be reaching out to membership with a survey in order to gain more insight and provide resources.

How to contact us:

If you have an idea for a resource that isn’t already available but would be beneficial, or have any other Professional GradSWE thoughts — please email us!

Additionally, if you are a company representative and would like to know how you can help your employees in continued education we would love to help out, please email us too!

Mentoring program email –  professionalgraduateswe@gmail.com


Wanted: Region Conference feedback (and the three upcoming conferences)

Seven exciting region conferences have taken place throughout the spring so far! Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped put on such great conferences, especially the graduate students who helped to organize specific graduate student-focused sessions. While many of these conferences are still fresh in our minds, we would love to have your feedback on how your region conference went, and how we can better serve the graduate community within SWE. Please take a few minutes to fill out this Survey and let us know your thoughts!

Finally, there are still three region conferences that will be taking place in late March and early April. Be sure to check them out if you’re in the area! Here’s some key information on these great professional development and networking opportunities:

Region A:

Region E:

  • Conference dates: March 28-30, 2014
  • Location: Blacksburg, VA (Virginia Tech)
  • Sessions of interest to graduate students:
    • Pathway to Graduate School and Women Engineers’ Journeys to Academia
    • Stealth Networking: How to Build Influential Relationships for Long-Term Success – Even if You Hate to Network!
    • What makes a great leader?
    • Getting to Know Your Inner Leader
  • Conference website: http://www.sweregioneconference.org

Region F:

  • Conference dates: April 4-6, 2014
  • Location: Springfield, MA (Western New England)
  • Sessions of interest to graduate students:
    • Options for Graduate Students: from Industry and Government, to Academia and Education, to non-traditional pathways
    • Salary Negotiations: Because You Are Worth It
  • Conference website: http://regionf.swe.org/region-f-conference.html



Note: If the survey link above does not work, please copy/paste: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ov230E27A-UlxV8LPV3UzcP0ZmchMlwmryp6NE3Jylo/viewform