Women in Engineering Program - What To Expect

Women in Engineering Program

Contact
SCOTT CAMPUS (OMAHA)
Alma Ramirez-Rodgers
Senior Assistant Director of Student Development
aramirez-rodgers1@unl.edu

CITY CAMPUS (LINCOLN)
Jen Skidmore, Director
Director of Student Development
jenskidmore@unl.edu


What to Expect

Year One: Smooth Transition

1. Take advantage of WIE study hours on the same night(s) every week. This provides WIE students an opportunity to complete their academic assignments, or connect as a community.
2. Meet monthly with your program coordinator for one-on-one academic success coaching.  Topics may include:
    • Establishing academic, social and personal goals for each semester.
    • Exploring study skills and time management strategies for academic success.
    • Discussing options for summer, including study abroad, internships, research, or volunteering. 
    • Gallup Strengths Coaching
3. Attend 2 WIE workshops or events each semester. These will contribute to your academic, professional, and personal success in college. 
    • Attendance at workshops and events hosted by our campus partners is highly encouraged. For example, attending one event related to a career topic, one related to an academic or professional topic, and two social events.
4. Suggested Goals: 
    • Join a student organization that interests you.
    • Find a "favorite spot" on campus for studying and one for hanging out.
    • Become familiar with academic and support resources across campus.
    • Go to the career fair for the first time.

Year Two: Focus on Your Major

1. Meet 2 times per semester with your program coordinator for one-on-one academic success coaching. Topics this year may include:
    • Reflection on past summer and creation of goals for upcoming school year.
    • Review what worked last year and what did not. Establish academic, professional, and personal goals for the upcoming semesters.
    • Formulate ideas about your post-graduation plans and ways to gain experience.
2. Attend 2 WIE workshops/events each semester. These will contribute to your academic, professional, and personal success in college. 
3. Suggested Goals:
    • Obtain an experiential learning opportunity, such as study abroad, research, or an internship.
    • Meet with your Career Services Coordinator for career coaching.
    • Attend career fairs and networking events.
    • Connect with a faculty member.
    • Increase your involvement on campus.

Year Three: Career Prep

1. Meet with your program coordinator 2 times per semester for success coaching. Additional meetings are available at your request. 
2. Meet with your Career Services Coordinator for an in-depth discussion about career preparedness. Topics may include:
    • Job search strategy to make searching more efficient and effective.
    • Resume and cover letter reviews.
    • Mock interview to practice in-person and/or phone interview skills.
3. Attend 2 workshops or events on campus each semester that span professional, academic, or social areas.
    • We suggest attending at least one graduate school information session. 
4. Attend one Engineering Career Fair.
5. Suggested Goals:
    • Obtain an experiential learning opportunity, such as study abroad, research, or an internship.
    • More clearly define post-graduate goals.
    • Get involved with another "something new" or acquire a leadership position within something you are already connected with.

Year Four: Refinement & Expedition

1. Meet with your program coordinator once per semester for success coaching. Additional meetings are available at your request.
2. Attend 2 workshops or events on campus each semester that span professional, academic, or social areas.
3. Attend one Engineering Career Fair. Most recruitment for full-time hires occurs in fall, so we suggest attending one of the fall career fairs. 
4. Suggested Goals:
    • Continue any experiential learning opportunities, such as research or work on an internship.
    • Maintain your involvement on campus.
    • Advance your leadership position(s) on campus.
    • Focus on your senior design project and participate in any relevant showcases. 
    • Solidify and begin taking steps toward your post-graduation plans. This may include graduate or professional school applications, or applying for full-time jobs.