SEAS 360° Certificate of Professional Development

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The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to receive free professional development training through the SEAS 360° Certificate of Professional Development program.

This cost free program is designed to help undergraduate and graduate students develop and improve “power skills,” which are in high demand from employers around the world. To earn a SEAS 360° Certificate of Professional Development, which you can add to your resume, you must complete 25 hours of training. Training hours can be obtained by attending workshops, seminars, online professional development programming, and through approved experiential learning opportunities. Most workshops are typically 1 to 1 1/2 hours in length.

While participation in this program is optional, students interested in pursuing this certificate program must first opt-in.

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SEAS 360° Curriculum

We offer a variety of workshops throughout the calendar year in six areas of "power skills" training.

Areas of Training:

If you have a suggestion for a new workshop, please contact us directly at seas360@buffalo.edu.

Select an area of training to view the available workshops

Work Essentials

Collaboration, Interpersonal Communication & Business Etiquette: Tips, Tactics and Strategies
The focus of this session will be on importance of professional communication skills both from the perspective of standard appropriateness to creative proven techniques to help you successfully tackle challenges. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Data Visualization Principles
Making decisions based on evidence requires the appropriate display of that evidence. Good displays of data help reveal knowledge relevant to understanding mechanisms, process and dynamics, cause and effect. Learn the principals that drive impact like cognitive load, visual perception, pre-attentive attributes, and best practices.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Excel: Data Prep, Pivot Tables and Working with Worksheets
Become a Microsoft Excel Power User. Learn to work with multiple spreadsheets, format the appearance, harness the power of Pivot Tables, and build graphs.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Harnessing the Power of MS Word for Clarity in the Engineering Environment
Efficient preparation of clear documents is an essential skill for engineers. This hands-on session focuses on Word features that enhance readability and navigation. It revolves around real world engineering documents. Students will complete several projects to add to their portfolio.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Intercultural Communications in Today's Global Economy
There is a growing need to develop caring, responsible and ethical business leaders in increasingly diverse workplaces around the world. The focus of this session will be to discuss the nature of intercultural communication, dominant cultural orientations, domains of cultural differences, and steps towards effective communication.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

Keys to Applying for Jobs and Employment Interviewing
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you appropriately plan for applying for jobs as well as tips to help you better prepare for the employment interview process. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

Keys to Ethically Finding, Evaluating and Processing Information in Business and Academia
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you think through the processes to perform business research and present conclusions and recommendations. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world. 
SEAS 360° Skill Set:
Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Leveraging Effective Visual Presentation Skills for Careers in Business, Industry and Academia
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you  deliver visual presentations. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Networking: What is It, What’s Appropriate and Why it’s Important for Your Career
We have all heard that networking is critical for our careers but not necessarily how to network. This session will explore what networking is both online and in person, tips for networking at a career fair and with job searches, networking etiquette and follow up.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

Planning and Writing Effective Business Proposals
SEAS 360° Skill Set:
Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Soft Skills: The Key to Developing Your Career
SEAS 360° Skill Set:
Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making; Career and Education Planning

StrengthsQuest
StrengthsQuest is a tool that provides you with the opportunity to develop strengths by building on what you do best – the way you most naturally think, feel, and behave as a unique individual. This workshop will explore concepts about the importance of understanding and working with your strengths.  You will also have the opportunity to complete the assessment.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Tableau: Installation, Data Connections, Interactive Reports and Dashboards
Tableau is a data analytics and visualization tool that brings data science to life. Learn to install Tableau, connect to data, summarize and create, manipulate and share visualizations like highlight tables, charts, scatter plots, histograms, maps and dashboards.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Teambuilding in the Workplace
What does it take to build successful teams?  What are some critical factors associated with the nature of working in teams?  This workshop will explore important concepts of teams, along with some exercises to demonstrate these important pieces.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication

Tips and Tricks to Planning for Building Your Career and a Powerful Resume
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you plan for building a career and specific tactics on how to create a resume that gets recognized to today's job market. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

Working with Various Types of People in Different Group Settings
It’s often difficult to work with many different personalities in group projects or within the workplace.  This session will explore how to bridge the gap between different ways of thinking and backgrounds, and to find common ground to make the team better as a whole. Having differences can be a benefit to all team members!
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication

Collaboration, Interpersonal Communication & Business Etiquette: Tips, Tactics and Strategies
The focus of this session will be on importance of professional communication skills both from the perspective of standard appropriateness to creative proven techniques to help you successfully tackle challenges. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

DiSC Assessment: Understanding Your Leadership Style to Improve Emotional Intelligence
Using the principles of the DiSC Personality Profile Assessment, this workshop will help individuals and groups recognize the strengths of various personality styles, and learn how to work more effectively with different styles.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Framing for Leaders: Perception Based Leadership
In this session, participants will explore theories put forward in the writing of Boleman and Deal’s “Reframing Organizations.” This topic supports the notion that leaders need to understand the various dispositions of members of an organization, and consider ways by which to approach the way we communicate with others in the workplace.  We will study these frames, and conduct exercises to further explore our own perceptions and ways by which we interact with others.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 

Intercultural Communications in Today's Global Economy
There is a growing need to develop caring, responsible and ethical business leaders in increasingly diverse workplaces around the world. The focus of this session will be to discuss the nature of intercultural communication, dominant cultural orientations, domains of cultural differences, and steps towards effective communication.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

Keys to Applying for Jobs and Employment Interviewing
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you appropriately plan for applying for jobs as well as tips to help you better prepare for the employment interview process. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

Leading with Emotional Intelligence
In this session, we will explore the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and examine the principles of emotion and how it relates to the way by which we manage ourselves and ourselves with others in a professional context.  The session will look at the principles of EQ, and provides tools by which to understand and improve the way in which approach this concept.  Self-Assessments will be provided, and discussions will assist participants in challenging oneself to be more cognizant of these practices in our own professional lives.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 

Leveraging Effective Persuasive Communication to Achieve the Desired Results
SEAS 360° Skill Set:
Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Networking: What is It, What’s Appropriate and Why it’s Important for Your Career
We have all heard that networking is critical for our careers but not necessarily how to network. This session will explore what networking is both online and in person, tips for networking at a career fair and with job searches, networking etiquette and follow up.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

Planning and Writing Effective Business Proposals
SEAS 360° Skill Set: 
Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Soft Skills: The Key to Developing Your Career
SEAS 360° Skill Set:
 Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making; Career and Education Planning

StrengthsQuest
StrengthsQuest is a tool that provides you with the opportunity to develop strengths by building on what you do best – the way you most naturally think, feel, and behave as a unique individual. This workshop will explore concepts about the importance of understanding and working with your strengths.  You will also have the opportunity to complete the assessment.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Teambuilding in the Workplace
What does it take to build successful teams?  What are some critical factors associated with the nature of working in teams?  This workshop will explore important concepts of teams, along with some exercises to demonstrate these important pieces.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication

Tips and Tricks to Planning for Building Your Career and a Powerful Resume
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you plan for building a career and specific tactics on how to create a resume that gets recognized to today's job market. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

Working with Various Types of People in Different Group Settings
It’s often difficult to work with many different personalities in group projects or within the workplace.  This session will explore how to bridge the gap between different ways of thinking and backgrounds, and to find common ground to make the team better as a whole. Having differences can be a benefit to all team members!
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Research, Planning and Investigation

Data Visualization Principles
Making decisions based on evidence requires the appropriate display of that evidence. Good displays of data help reveal knowledge relevant to understanding mechanisms, process and dynamics, cause and effect. Learn the principals that drive impact like cognitive load, visual perception, pre-attentive attributes, and best practices.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Engineering Ethics
We will discuss engineering ethics through a case study of the Citicorp Center as well as issues that may come up with software development and intellectual property.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Excel: Data Prep, Pivot Tables and Working with Worksheets
Become a Microsoft Excel Power User. Learn to work with multiple spreadsheets, format the appearance, harness the power of Pivot Tables, and build graphs.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Harnessing the Power of MS Word for Clarity in the Engineering Environment
Efficient preparation of clear documents is an essential skill for engineers. This hands-on session focuses on Word features that enhance readability and navigation. It revolves around real world engineering documents. Students will complete several projects to add to their portfolio.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Keys to Ethically Finding, Evaluating and Processing Information in Business and Academia
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you think through the processes to perform business research and present conclusions and recommendations. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Leveraging Effective Visual Presentation Skills for Careers in Business, Industry and Academia
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you  deliver visual presentations. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Tableau: Installation, Data Connections, Interactive Reports and Dashboards
Tableau is a data analytics and visualization tool that brings data science to life. Learn to install Tableau, connect to data, summarize and create, manipulate and share visualizations like highlight tables, charts, scatter plots, histograms, maps and dashboards.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Collaboration, Interpersonal Communication & Business Etiquette: Tips, Tactics and Strategies
The focus of this session will be on importance of professional communication skills both from the perspective of standard appropriateness to creative proven techniques to help you successfully tackle challenges. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Data Visualization Principles
Making decisions based on evidence requires the appropriate display of that evidence. Good displays of data help reveal knowledge relevant to understanding mechanisms, process and dynamics, cause and effect. Learn the principals that drive impact like cognitive load, visual perception, pre-attentive attributes, and best practices.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Engineering Ethics
We will discuss engineering ethics through a case study of the Citicorp Center as well as issues that may come up with software development and intellectual property.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Excel: Data Prep, Pivot Tables and Working with Worksheets
Become a Microsoft Excel Power User. Learn to work with multiple spreadsheets, format the appearance, harness the power of Pivot Tables, and build graphs.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Framing for Leaders: Perception Based Leadership
In this session, participants will explore theories put forward in the writing of Boleman and Deal’s “Reframing Organizations.” This topic supports the notion that leaders need to understand the various dispositions of members of an organization, and consider ways by which to approach the way we communicate with others in the workplace.  We will study these frames, and conduct exercises to further explore our own perceptions and ways by which we interact with others.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Harnessing the Power of MS Word for Clarity in the Engineering Environment
Efficient preparation of clear documents is an essential skill for engineers. This hands-on session focuses on Word features that enhance readability and navigation. It revolves around real world engineering documents. Students will complete several projects to add to their portfolio.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Keys to Ethically Finding, Evaluating and Processing Information in Business and Academia
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you think through the processes to perform business research and present conclusions and recommendations. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Leading with Emotional Intelligence
In this session, we will explore the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and examine the principles of emotion and how it relates to the way by which we manage ourselves and ourselves with others in a professional context.  The session will look at the principles of EQ, and provides tools by which to understand and improve the way in which approach this concept.  Self-Assessments will be provided, and discussions will assist participants in challenging oneself to be more cognizant of these practices in our own professional lives.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 

Leveraging Effective Persuasive Communication to Achieve the Desired Results
SEAS 360° Skill Set:
Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Leveraging Effective Visual Presentation Skills for Careers in Business, Industry and Academia
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you  deliver visual presentations. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Planning and Writing Effective Business Proposals
SEAS 360° Skill Set: 
Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Tableau: Installation, Data Connections, Interactive Reports and Dashboards
Tableau is a data analytics and visualization tool that brings data science to life. Learn to install Tableau, connect to data, summarize and create, manipulate and share visualizations like highlight tables, charts, scatter plots, histograms, maps and dashboards.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

DiSC Assessment: Understanding Your Leadership Style to Improve Emotional Intelligence
Using the principles of the DiSC Personality Profile Assessment, this workshop will help individuals and groups recognize the strengths of various personality styles, and learn how to work more effectively with different styles.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Engineering Ethics
We will discuss engineering ethics through a case study of the Citicorp Center as well as issues that may come up with software development and intellectual property.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Research, Planning and Investigation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Framing for Leaders: Perception Based Leadership
In this session, participants will explore theories put forward in the writing of Boleman and Deal’s “Reframing Organizations.” This topic supports the notion that leaders need to understand the various dispositions of members of an organization, and consider ways by which to approach the way we communicate with others in the workplace.  We will study these frames, and conduct exercises to further explore our own perceptions and ways by which we interact with others.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Leading with Emotional Intelligence
In this session, we will explore the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and examine the principles of emotion and how it relates to the way by which we manage ourselves and ourselves with others in a professional context.  The session will look at the principles of EQ, and provides tools by which to understand and improve the way in which approach this concept.  Self-Assessments will be provided, and discussions will assist participants in challenging oneself to be more cognizant of these practices in our own professional lives.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Leveraging Effective Persuasive Communication to Achieve the Desired Results
SEAS 360° Skill Set:
Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Planning and Writing Effective Business Proposals
SEAS 360° Skill Set:
Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Soft Skills to Succeed in Today’s Job Market
SEAS 360° Skill Set:
Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making; Career and Education Planning

StrengthsQuest
StrengthsQuest is a tool that provides you with the opportunity to develop strengths by building on what you do best – the way you most naturally think, feel, and behave as a unique individual. This workshop will explore concepts about the importance of understanding and working with your strengths.  You will also have the opportunity to complete the assessment.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Working with Various Types of People in Different Group Settings
It’s often difficult to work with many different personalities in group projects or within the workplace.  This session will explore how to bridge the gap between different ways of thinking and backgrounds, and to find common ground to make the team better as a whole. Having differences can be a benefit to all team members!
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making

Career and Education Planning

Graduate School 101: What You Need to Know
This session is designed only for undergraduate students in the SEAS 360° program.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Career and Education Planning

Graduate School 201: How to Navigate the Application Process
This session is designed only for undergraduate students in the SEAS 360° program.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Career and Education Planning

Graduate School 301: Financial Literacy
This session is designed only for undergraduate students in the SEAS 360° program.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Career and Education Planning

Intercultural Communications in Today's Global Economy
There is a growing need to develop caring, responsible and ethical business leaders in increasingly diverse workplaces around the world. The focus of this session will be to discuss the nature of intercultural communication, dominant cultural orientations, domains of cultural differences, and steps towards effective communication.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

Keys to Applying for Jobs and Employment Interviewing
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you appropriately plan for applying for jobs as well as tips to help you better prepare for the employment interview process. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

Networking: What is It, What’s Appropriate and Why it’s Important for Your Career
We have all heard that networking is critical for our careers but not necessarily how to network. This session will explore what networking is both online and in person, tips for networking at a career fair and with job searches, networking etiquette and follow up.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

Soft Skills: The Key to Developing Your Career
SEAS 360° Skill Set:
Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Organization, Management, Leadership and Decision Making; Career and Education Planning

Tips and Tricks to Planning for Building Your Career and a Powerful Resume
The focus of this session will be to discuss strategies to help you plan for building a career and specific tactics on how to create a resume that gets recognized to today's job market. The discussion will come from a two pronged approach based on the science of business communication and personal professional experience in the work world.
SEAS 360° Skill Set: Work Essentials; Human Relations and Interpersonal Communication; Career and Education Planning

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