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04/24/12
Careers Outlook Panel. PfLAGS workshop
Filed under: Position Searching, Mentoring, Observ. Trends, Undergraduate majors
Posted by: site admin @ 8:22 am

Last week the privilege of moderating an exceptional
careers discussion panel was offered to me.  The panel
included a senior manager for Lockheed-Martin Space
Systems (Susan Ermer), a senior technical staff member
at Sandia NL (Peter Hotchkiss), a professor at an elite
PUI (Brian Lawrence), a professor at an research
intensive top flight university (Tobin Marks) and
a patent agent, manager of proprietary information and
patent portfolios (Tim Parker).

The audience was captivated by what each person
had to say.  I tried to capture some of the “thought hooks”
that each spoke with conviction about, including:
 - flexibility (change will happen– anticipate and accept
it), communication skills (and enthusiasm to pursue what
is important) and seeking different perspectives (even if
it does not fit your initial impressions)
 - “you cannot predict what will happen in our futures”
yet make the best out of what happens as situations outside
our control will factor into what each will do
 - “make yourself necessary”
 - having and listening to mentors and taking the initiative
can only benefit you.
 - “I have the greatest job in the world” was echoed by
people and the people and culture they worked in suited
them.
 - everything changes but each at different rates and
nonlinearly.

The audience asked many questions, had chances to
network and speak with the panel.  Yet, as outstanding
as it was, they wanted more time and chances to
interact.

Special thanks goes to John Podobinski who shared
what he recently learned in Toastmasters International
about moderating a panel discussion.  He reverse
mentored me in ‘The art of moderation” written by
Nick Wreden
and it was amazingly effective.

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