Professional Development Workshop

Last Saturday (April 23), the EWB-NOVA Chapter, with sponsorship from Bechtel, hosted a professional development workshop for undergraduate engineering students from James Madison and George Mason universities. Approximately 10 students braved the stormy weather to contribute to an inspiring day full of passion for engineering. While representing a wide diversity of engineering fields and applications, the students were united by their shared interest in Engineers Without Borders.

The seminar began with feedback and reflections from young professionals with various engineering backgrounds on their progression in their respective career paths. The Chapter provided an introductory presentation on the fundamentals of EWB chapter establishment and how students can leverage the unique benefits of campus life to launch new branches of EWB.

The next two sessions were on ‘Resume building’ and ‘Mock Interviews’. Students were paired with the young professionals to have their resumes reviewed and receive tailored feedback on their content and delivery.After lunch, the students again paired up with the young professionals for a round of mock interviews, intended to prep the student engineers for their anticipated interviews for summer internship programs. The day concluded with a presentation from Janet on “Setting Goals”, highlighting the steps to managing the first few months in a new position, and offered advice for recording and prioritizing work tasks over different time ranges. A final Q&A round focused on work-life balance and skills for an entry-level engineer.

A rewarding and uplifting day was had by all in attendance!