AYP Professional Development

If you're interested in speaking on a 30- to 60-minute professional development webinar on any of the topics below for young professionals ages 35 and younger please contact us at ayp@aspe.org or 224-217-9016.

Managing and Appreciating a Diverse Work Force

To be an effective manager, and even a better coworker, you should know how to approach and manage various forms of diversity, often nontraditional, in your workplace. Diversity is usually taken to be just people's genders, religions and cultures - but it can also mean the different ways people like to be managed and how they like to be appreciated. Some want a hands on manager, some would prefer to give them a direction and leave them alone. One employee may feel appreciated when you spend time with them and listen to them, while another will only feel truly appreciated when they receive public praise or something monetary. This webinar will educate you on the different types of employees, how to deal with each type and how to find out what they are looking for from a manager.

Working with Very Different Generations

With generation Z starting to enter the workforce - how are you to deal with working with, and managing, generations X, Y, Z and Millennials all in the same environment? This webinar will go over the typical traits of each generation and the strategies suggested on how to get these very different age groups to work effectively as a team.


Company Culture and You

A company's culture plays a large impact on attracting and retaining good employees. What is a good culture? What makes a poor culture? How do you know what is right for you? Can you change the culture if you don't like it? This webinar will discuss how to develop an understanding of your company's culture and what role every person has in supplementing, developing or changing that culture. 

How to Interview Well 

As AYPs start to become the mid-level and even managers in their offices, you will likely be asked to sit in on, or even lead interviews for potential employees in your department. Since many of us have only been on the other side of the table, this webinar will talk about good strategies and effective ways to do the interviewing to make sure you are getting the most out of the time you have with the interviewee. What questions you should ask, what questions you can't ask for HR reasons, and what special tasks or situations you can put the interviewee in to learn the most about their work style and personality. 

Marketing Yourself

Cultivating your own personal brand is not just for those in creative fields. We each possess a unique blend of skills and characteristics that help differentiate us. Learning various strategies to effectively quantify, market and present those abilities is key to maximizing our value.  Take the time to strengthen those soft skills and acquire tactics that will help you define your career!

Engineering Project Management

Effective project management in our industry can make or break your projects. The project manager in the design of a building is the glue that holds the team together. When dealing with projects that require major coordination regarding the schedule, budget, and staff the project managers communication and organization skills are critical to the projects overall success.

 

Engineering Ethics

Ethics is something that we face every single day in our project decisions. Some people are more aware than others and ignorance will not be an excuse if you lose your license. Engineering ethics is the moral principles that apply to the practice of engineering. The field examines and sets the obligations by engineers to society, to their clients, and to the profession.

 

Construction Law

Have you ever read through your design contract on a project? Do you know what you’re responsible for as an engineer? The AIA 201 standard contract document is the staple in the industry for construction law. Reviewing this document and how it’s been interpreted in certain litigation events can be extremely helpful and interesting for you to hear.