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Extended Campus programs at UT Austin are focused on providing the skills needed for professionals to excel. Explore this curated set of career-focused articles, features and updates by and about continuing & professional education programs from across campus.

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Whether collaborating with colleagues, engaging external clients and stakeholders, or managing others, there is an art to building and strengthening relationships. Keri Stephens, Ph.D, and Rodney Schlosser discuss how asking questions is a key component to building successful business relationships, and how to plan and prepare so that you're asking the right questions.

Published Date: 02/08/2024
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Technical skills are important, but so are soft skills. If you are experiencing a roadblock due to a need for better soft, or “human,” skills, fortunately they can be learned. Read this article for training opportunities that can help you develop these skills and advance your career.

Published Date: 01/22/2024
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Reflecting on his first year as the Executive Director of Texas Engineering Executive Education, Woodrow W. Winchester III outlines some of the ways in which TxEEE continues to meet the challenges and demands of industries that are constantly growing and evolving.

Published Date: 09/11/2023
Fall 2023 cohort of TxEEE master’s students

TxEEE plays an important role in helping research centers at the Cockrell School of Engineering bring their innovations into action. Partnering with the Energy Emissions Modeling and Data Lab (EEMDL), TxEEE launched a new course in 2023 that trains professionals in the energy sector on how to accurately and effectively collect data on methane emissions using methods developed by EEMDL.

Published Date: 09/08/2023
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In April 2023, TxEEE achieved formal certification by the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) for its Engineering Management program. This approval provides graduates of the Cockrell School’s top-10 ranked graduate program a path to professional certification, complementing the prestige of their degree.

Published Date: 05/04/2023
Engineering Management Graduates 2023

As an introvert, it can be hard when you feel like you don’t stand out in an extrovert’s workplace. However, you don’t need a big personality to bring valuable skills to the table. Here are important considerations to help you thrive as an introvert without changing who you are.

Published Date: 03/11/2023
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Managing an understaffed team can be challenging, but it makes promoting employee satisfaction even more important. It’s up to you to foster professional development despite employee vacancies, so read more to learn tangible steps you can take to ease the burden and make working with you a positive experience.

Published Date: 02/10/2023
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In honor of Black History Month this year, TxEEE software engineer and entrepreneur Ecleamus Ricks Jr. shared his journey from his days as a college student to pitching Metric Mate, a company he co-founded, on Shark Tank. Read more about Ricks’ story and education that helped him attain his challenging goals.

Published Date: 02/08/2023
Metric Mate Co-founders make their pitch on Shark Tank during the Jan. 13, 2023 episode. L-R: Braxton Davis, M-T Strickland, Ecleamus Ricks, Jr.

Whether you’re a new or experienced professional, it’s necessary to keep developing your skills for career growth and organizational success. Read this blog to learn more about overcoming barriers to professional development and how you and your employer can benefit from investing in your growth. 

Published Date: 11/17/2022
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Decision quality is dependent on what went into making a decision and can be split into six different functions. The third and fourth functions are “relevant and reliable information” and “clear values and trade-offs.” Learn more about how you can use these two steps to make quality and informed decisions.

Published Date: 09/29/2022
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Mentorship programs provide learning opportunities for everyone involved, cultivating personal and professional development, and can be organized using existing resources and connections. Read this article to learn more about how you can help establish a successful mentorship program in your organization to create a more innovative and collaborative work environment.

Published Date: 07/12/2021
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Biases affect our decisions, whether we realize it or not. Preventing the impact of your availability, confirmation and conformity biases is a step in the right direction. Learn more about what you can do to mitigate the biases on your team and make higher-quality decisions for a stronger workplace environment.

Published Date: 07/06/2021
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Negotiating virtually is a new norm with remote work, so knowing how to use digital channels in these situations is increasingly necessary. These five tips will help you confidently negotiate in a virtual environment and deal with time, budget and physical barriers when a face-to-face alternative is not available.

Published Date: 05/18/2021
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Rumors are a natural part of life and culture in the workplace, but they don’t have to hinder productivity. Great leaders understand the causes of rumors and address any underlying issues that spurred them. Read more about deconstructing rumors and how to fill gaps of uncertainty with facts. 

Published Date: 05/03/2021
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Ethical workplaces are rooted in a shared language used to address ethics, which impacts decisions and makes tough conversations easier. Read more about how you can normalize and prioritize these conversations and implement clear guidelines to ensure your organization is equipped to handle ethical dilemmas. 

Published Date: 05/03/2021
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Planning for your future is important, and you are more likely to succeed with a comprehensive strategy. Read more about how you can maximize your strategy with introspection, exploration, and evaluation, helping you understand your needs and reach your goals. Also, check out our Career Planning Workbook to get you started.

Published Date: 03/21/2021
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