With university graduation scheduled to begin next month, now is the time to begin developing an action plan to help ease their transition into the marketplace.
This year about 25,000 IEEE student members will be automatically elevated, in June and August, to higher grades of IEEE membership. Sadly, many student members believe IEEE is merely a club on campus, without any knowledge of the vast resources IEEE can offer to help secure a job-let alone their awareness about the professional networking opportunities offered by Sections and Chapters.
Proactive engagement of graduating student members is necessary to raise their awareness of IEEE's enabling role in their professional career. In addition to campaigns and programs coordinated by the MD Staff, Sections and Chapters play an important role in helping with a student's transition. The communications remind the graduating student there are real people behind IEEE, who care about their professional development and success. Sample letter is following.
Sample Volunteer Communications (Section / Chapter Outreach to Graduating Students)
On behalf of the leadership team of the IEEE <Section/Chapter>, congratulations on your graduation.
Welcome to your new professional network. IEEE membership offers opportunities throughout a career, and is especially valuable to individuals entering the job market for the first time.
We encourage you to make the most of your membership by participating in the professional network of your IEEE Section and technical chapters. This past year, the IEEE <Section / Chapter> sponsored the following activities:
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We are here to help. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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IEEE < Section/Chapter >
< e-mail address >
- by MD Staff, MD Monthly - MAY 2012 - Page 4