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  • What Does It Mean To Network?

     It’s undeniable that networking is an essential part of your career development and lifestyle. Networking allows you meet new people and practice your communication skills. In addition to improving your interpersonal skills, it can help you to learn more about the field of engineering, gain knowledge about hidden opportunities and let others know what you value and your career goals. Integrating networking into your lifestyle can help others along the way though give-and-take engagement and building a reliable network.

    To get started, we have assembled some networking best practices to get you familiar with the basics of networking, along with three different networking scenarios you may encounter…

    Networking Etiquette

    Firm handshake
    Extend your arm to provide a strong firm handshake. Keep a cloth handy to wipe your hands, if you tend to have sweaty hands. Keep your right hand available for greeting new people.
     
    Direct eye contact
    Always acknowledge people by looking directly into their eyes when you first meet them and when you are in direct conversation with them.
     
    Smile & body language
    Smile and maintain good posture. Refrain from crossing your arms and interrupting others talking.
     
    Name tags
    If you’re wearing a name tag that is a sticker or clip-on, place it on your right. When you meet people, their eyes will be drawn up your right arm to your face after shaking hands with you.
     
    Introduction
    Repeat back names when you meet people to verify pronunciation and to help you remember new names. 


    Below are three networking scenarios, and specific tips and best practices for each.
     
    1 Impromptu Networking
    This scenario is where you don’t have plans to network with anyone in particular, but you are placed in to a situation surrounded by people you have the opportunity to meet. Examples of this are a conference reception, a job fair, or anywhere you can meet new people.
     
    Conduct Research
    Learn more about the background of the events you are attending and who it will potentially attract. Prep ice breaker questions.
     
    Know yourself and where you are headed
    Be prepared to share a summary about yourself and background in 30-60 seconds (elevator pitch) that can be tailored based on the audience. Why are you here and what is important to you? Don’t be afraid to talk about your passion.
     
    Network Often
    Whenever you have the opportunity to network, no matter the situation, make an effort to meet new people. Be willing to step forward and share about yourself and listen and learn from others.
     
    Engaging everyone around you
    Give each person the opportunity to identify themselves as individuals. Listen for ways you can relate to their experiences and generate a connection. Ask questions if conversation stalls. What is that they want to contribute or know about? What is next in their lives? What strengths do they draw upon? Understand both what is novel about them and how it is related to you.
     
    Build a micro-community of knowledge and references
    Did you learn something new from the interaction? Or do you have some information or connection that might be of interest to the person you are talking to? Swap contact information. Set a goal to walk away from an event with a certain number of business cards/contact information as well as a certain number you would like to distribute.

     
     
    2 Targeted Networking
    This scenario is where you are intentionally trying to connect with a certain person or group of people, such as a mentor or someone who has expertise in a topic that you are interested in. An example of this type of in-person networking could take place in various settings, from a conference to a meeting within your own company.
     
    Planning for a meeting
    Ask for an introduction via your advisor, a colleague, etc. Research the person and his/her work, and use that knowledge to connect. Look for overlaps in research and interests. Be specific and professional with your requests. Be respectful and efficient with the person’s time. Know when to call versus email.
     
    Finding the right fit in a mentor
    Identify a few different mentors that can offer different perspectives about your career. They could be at your company, online, or a personal associate. Make an effort to maintain mentor relationships, even if it means sending an update by email. Checkout the ASME Mentoring Program.

    Join a club or society
    Align yourself with others in your field through membership organizations that will expose you to opportunities to network with people you would otherwise not have access to.
     
    Become an active volunteer
    Giving back to society or advocating for your profession can provide you the opportunity to engage on different projects and initiatives and meet leaders in your area.
     
    Attend social events
    At conferences, meetings or work, make an effort to attend dedicated social or networking events, lunches or dinners, and impromptu gatherings to increase your opportunities to network in an informal setting.

     
    3 Expand Your Network Virtually
    This scenario is about building and maintaining networking relationships online. Examples include following-up from a previous networking activity, researching online profiles of people to connect with professionally, and reaching out through email or other means to someone you have not previously met.
     
    Connect online after meeting in-person
    After meeting someone in person, connect with them online, and send a follow-up email saying it was nice to meet them, reminding them when and where it was. Mention any specific follow-up questions you have or how you hope to remain in touch in the future.
     
    Maintain a consistent professional brand
    Think about your profile and the content that is being distributed and being posted online under your name. There really is no separation from the personal and professional persona online.
     
    Evaluate your existing networks
    Take a look at the people you currently are connected with, make a plan to connect with a few key individuals at your company, friends of friends, and those that you meet in-person.
     
    Join online groups and connect with like-minded individuals
    Bring your passion to your activity online. Follow/share/like high-quality content and ideas of other individuals that you admire. Add value by joining the conversation and asking questions.
     
    Networking is always about people!
    Be ordinary. Keep it short. Selfishness is the opposite of true networking.
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  • What to Do When You’re One Qualification Away From Your Dream Job


    By Zeynep Ilgaz

    Jobs, like people, can possess a certain je ne sais quoi — an intangible but very real quality that sets them apart from others. For many people, that something can be the difference between a dream job and… well, just a job. 
    Jobs, like people, can possess a certain je ne sais quoi — an intangible but very real quality that sets them apart from others. For many people, that something can be the difference between a dream job and… well, just a job.
    The right role will challenge you, give you opportunities to grow, allow you to make a good living and help you achieve balance in life. Unfortunately, there might be something standing between you and your dream job, whether that’s three to five years of experience or just a basic knowledge of Photoshop.
    Although some job qualifications are non-negotiable, most employers are willing to let one or two slide for the right person. When I evaluate job candidates, I’m looking for people who are passionate team players, a good culture fit and willing to learn. In fact, I’ve hired salespeople without a smidgen of sales experience because those skills are teachable.
    If you’ve found your dream job, don’t let one bullet point in the job requirements stop you from going for it. If you can land an interview and impress the hiring manager, you might be able to get the job, whether you’re 100 percent qualified or not.



    Here’s how:
    1. Do Your Homework
    Before you go into the interview, do some research on the company and its leaders. Study the business’s products and sales channels, read press releases and learn as much as you can about the industry. Knowledge is power because it shows the hiring manager that you’re a self-starter who’s eager to learn.
    2. Dress Like the Job Is Yours
    Even if you don’t meet every single qualification, it’s important to carry yourself with confidence and show the hiring manager that you’re comfortable in your own skin.
    The old saying is true: “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” Wearing nice clothes and looking polished will make you seem confident — even if you aren’t — and make the hiring manager take you seriously.
    3. Show How You Would Excel
    In addition to a killer cover letter highlighting the value you’d bring to the position, write a memo that outlines the major challenges of the role and how you’d tackle them. You can also create a slide deck with ideas on ways you could help grow the business. This shows a hiring manager exactly why and how you’d excel in the position.
    4. Be Confident, Passionate and Honest
    Try to strike a balance between being confident in your strengths and emphasizing that you’re eager to learn to make up for any shortcomings.
    If you truly don’t have experience in something, own up to it. Highlight comparable areas where you do have expertise, and reiterate that you’re thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more about the industry you’re passionate about.
    5. Ask Smart Questions
    Your interview isn’t an interrogation, so feel free to ask questions. Instead of leading with, “How much does this job pay?” or “How’s the 401(k) plan?” ask questions that show you understand the role and the company’s needs. Listen to the hiring manager’s comments, and ask relevant follow-up questions. She will appreciate your initiative and curiosity.
    It can be daunting to apply for your dream job if you’re missing one or two qualifications, but by demonstrating confidence in your strengths and showing how you’d excel in the role, you can often get further than you think. You just have make a strong case for yourself and show the hiring manager that you have that unbridled passion she’s looking for.
     
    “Reprinted with permission from careercast.com, © 2016 Adicio, all rights reserved.”
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  • Take Advantage of On Demand Course: Introduction to Engineering for Global Development


    Engineering for Change (E4C) has launched a new training resource for individuals who are new to the field of development engineering.


    Introduction to Engineering for Global Development (EGD) is an on-demand course that prepares technically trained people to design and deploy impact-driven solutions for underserved communities worldwide. The course is comprised of four modules that integrate best practice, case studies and knowledge checks to help learners synthesize concepts.


    E4C members can access the course for free and qualify for a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) (equivalent to 10 Professional Development Hours) upon completion.

    Learn more and get started here

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  • How Successful Engineers are Made


    The NEW and IMPROVED ASME Mentoring Program

    Have you ever wondered how successful engineers are made? Chances are they had a great mentor. Someone who unleashed their passion, channeled their energy, guided their growth and encouraged their success.

    Do you feel you could be such an inspiring mentor? Or wish you had such a great coach and role model? ASME is here to help! Introducing its new and improved ASME Mentoring Program now with many new tools and features.

    So what's new?

    • A single-sign-on function allowing you to sign in with your ASME user name and password.
    • Milestones to keep track of your mentoring progress online by working through customizable milestones.
    • A Mentoring Dashboard holding all your profile and match information along with your milestone settings in one central place.
    • An Expanded Document Library full of material to support your mentoring partnership.
    • A Messaging Center and Note Section to send e-mails directly from the platform to your mentoring partner.
     
     
     
    View step-by-step instructions and more info on how to participate in the ASME Mentoring Program.
     

     
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  • My Engineer's Notebook: Dylon Rockwell

    ASME member Dylon Rockwell is an airframe design and integration engineer at the Boeing Company in Ridley, Pa., where he serves as a principal investigator for manufacturing technologies. After joining Boeing in 2011, Dylon was assigned to the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft program. The V-22 combines the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft, is used primarily in cargo and crew delivery. After receiving training in variation analysis software, Dylon went on to perform analysis for Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST-100) Starliner, Space Launch System and Sikorsky Boeing SB>1 Defiant programs to quantify and mitigate assembly risk. A member of ASME since 2013, Dylon is a new member of the Society’s Y14.46 Committee Support Group. He received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, and a master’s degree in systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015.

    Read Dylon's interview and get his insights into being an early career engineer.

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  • Take Advantage of the FutureME Video Series

    FutureME has a catalog of over 50 videos geared specifically for early career engineers. Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge available to you that cover topics like career development, engineering career paths, advanced manufacturing, and much more. Visit the FutureME video series page to learn more and watch now!

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  • Thermal Management Irresistible to Ashish Sinha

    As a teenager, Ashish Sinha read about ‘heat’ in his physics textbook. Looking for a chapter on ‘cold,’ he couldn’t find one. Eventually, “I figured out that ‘cold’ was the absence of ‘heat,’” he recalls. That was his first encounter with thermal sciences. His professional goal emerged at the Indian institute of Technology: he wrote his thesis on boiling heat transfer, while earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    Ashish realized he’d like to keep studying heat transfer and thermal sciences, in a doctoral program. At Georgia Tech, he specialized in thermal management of electronics, which deals with the art of cooling electronic components. “I knew society would always need a person with this skill. Something is always getting hot and needs to be cooled,” he observes.

    Thermal management, a fast-growing area, brings constant challenges. “The problem is much more pronounced in electronic cooling. People do more and more on handheld devices, which don’t have enough space for cooling technology,” Ashish explains. “Everything’s getting smaller. Chips are more powerful. That leaves fewer ways to drive the heat out.”

    Read more about former ASME ECLIPSE intern Ashish Sinha.

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  • Program Grants Now Available

    Have an idea to engage early career engineers? Apply for an ASME FutureME Program Grant! Supported by the ECE Programming Committee and the Old Guard, this grant provides up to $1,500 for programs that aid early career and recent graduate engineers as they transition and ramp-up from university to professional life.

    Applications must be submitted at least three months before the planned date of your event, so learn more and submit your application today!

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