Real Engineers Shake Hands

So, you’ve heard the bad jokes. Engineers are smart, but they aren’t always considered the most adept at social interaction.

How can you tell an extroverted engineer?

They look at YOUR shoes when they talk to you, instead of their own!

Fair? Not even remotely… but it is an all-too-common characterization. The truth is that engineering students – like all college students – are generally just fine in social situations, but, like nearly all college students, they can benefit from improving their professional communication skills.

On Thursday, November 6, the School of Engineering is offering a session titled “Real Engineers Shake Hands” an opportunity for you to learn solid networking techniques, and to then put them immediately into practice.

We’ll kick off at 5 PM in Laurel Hall Room 101 for a networking seminar presented by Tim Gourley (B.S. BUS, ’94), founder and principal at East Coast Search LLC, a Glastonbury, CT-based boutique search firm. Immediately following, (around 5:45 or so) we’ll cross Fairfield Way to the ITE building lobby, where a reception will be held. Yes, there will be yummy hors d’oeuvres – but there will also be dozens of UConn alumni on hand to help you practice your professional conversation and networking skills. There will also be a drawing for student attendees, and the winner will receive an iPad mini! Here’s a special offer, just for you, my blog reader: Find me at the start of the networking portion of the event and – if you mention this blog post – I’ll make sure you get an extra ticket for the drawing, doubling your chances to win the iPad!

See you there!

By John Bau
John Bau Career Consultant, School of Engineering