Carl Selinger’s “Stuff
You Don’t Learn in Engineering
ASME New Haven & Hartford; IEEE Connecticut Sections – 4/24/10
Summary of Session Evaluation
The 4-hour “Stuff” seminar
was attended by 28 ASME & IEEE members who represented engineering
students, and entry-level, mid-career and senior professionals. Topics focused on included: writing, speaking
and listening skills; decision-making; running meetings; setting priorities and
managing time; managing stress & having fun; and action planning. The comments below are summarized.
1. How would you rate today’s session?
0 Poor 3 Fair 13 Good 8 Excellent
2. What was most helpful about the
- I learned some social skills to enhance
my performance in future.
- Writing speaking and listening. Meetings. Managing stress and having fun.
- Defining areas of individual
- Specific, practical advice.
- Emphasis on the importance of developing
soft skills, being decisive, and taking action.
- How to hold meetings.
- Meeting section, for running them
- Priorities – “telescoping” idea.
- Everything. It was an excellent event.
- Decision-making, communications skills.
- Do not be afraid of making decisions.
- Setting priorities.
- Communication skills. Meeting organization. Setting
- Explaining all the nontechnical aspects
of the work world and telling real world actual occurrences.
- Talking about how to enjoy life and
- Communications skills and running
- Inspirational experiences/quotes.
3. What concerns you most about the real world?
- What are the differences between
industry and academia? Examples?
- How to handle change.
- Managing my behavior with respect to bad
behavior by other employees and managers.
- Work-life balance.
- Managers (and colleagues) lack of effort
in improving these skills in themselves and in direct reports.
- Making a poor decision and facing the
- Lack of competence in people.
- Keeping skill most current and marketable.
- Challenges of dealing with difficult
- Pollution – air and earth.
- I don’t fit in the real world – now
what do I do?
- Jobs after college and where they are
- How to behave around bosses.
- Spend too much time on job-related stuff,
not enough with family.
- Standing out and getting promoted.
- Getting the first real job, and getting
a job I can enjoy.
- Having a good standard of living while
- Time à not having enough.
- Job security, technical compliance,
4. What other comments do you have?
- Nice workshop.
- Excellent session! Carl’s stories truly
resonate with good and bad experiences I have had in industry. This was
time well spent.
- A seminar similar to this geared to
those currently in college.
- Excellent presentation. Interactive
exercises very useful/fun.
- I look forward to applying these skills
- Great presentation!
Carl Selinger at selinger99@aol if there
are any questions about this seminar.