MU Engineering Leadership, Engagement and Career Development Academy
How does it work?
Students select from a variety of sessions and activities through which the may accrue points towards the College of Engineering Dean’s Certificate in Leadership and Engagement. This additional certification will enhance their career opportunities during the job search.
What qualifies for points?
70% of employers “identified leadership, teamwork, written communication ability, problem solving and work ethic as key resume attributes. Teamwork and verbal communication skills are the skills employers consider for success.”Mackes 2017
Learning 2 Lead Session Topics
The list of potential topics is a long one, but some highlights include Ethical Leadership, Public Affairs, Working with Teams, Behavioral Awareness, Risk Management, Non-Digital Communication, Building and Earning Trust, Leading Change, Emotional Intelligence, Leading Innovation, Personal Motivation and Intrapreneurship. Roundtable sessions with industry leaders might include Project Financing, Start-Up of
Companies and Projects, Intellectual Property, Translating Engineering Skills to Other Disciplines and Communicating Non-Technically in a Technical World. We welcome your suggestions for topics as well.
Enhanced Career Development Services
We have more resources available to you in a variety of formats so you may prepare for your job search in a way that is most comfortable for you. The Academy will continue the fall and spring Career Fairs, and will offer a variety of sessions to help you prepare. “Only 11% of business leaders felt strongly that students who graduated from college had the skills needed for success in the workplace,” according the Lumina Foundation.
Benefits of Participation
Leadership is needed at many levels in any organization. You may be asked to take on the leadership of a special project, a new unit or a team. Showing potential employers that you have worked to refine leadership skills and prepared comprehensively for your job search will help you stand out as a candidate. We often hear that job candidates are technically qualified but sometimes lack the interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills that employers are seeking. We want to give you a way to demonstrate that you are ready to take initiative, drive improvement and take the lead in your professional position. The Academy offers a convenient and marketable way to do that.