Student Professional Awareness Activities
IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization which provides various opportunities to students from a technical background to develop their professional identity. To have a sustainable career, students from technical background need both technical and non-technical knowledge. IEEE Professional Awareness Programs emphasize the importance of non-technical aspects of engineering. Student Professional Awareness Activities (SPAA) are structured events where experts from different backgrounds talk and discuss with students about various topics on professional development. These events include presentation(s), panel sessions and hands-on team-oriented activities. SPAA focus on eight different areas. Career development, professional integrity, public policy making, leadership in professional organizations are some of them. These activities enhance non-technical skills of students and help them to expand their personal network that results in better job opportunities where they can flourish their skills and give their best for the society.
Engage. Explore. Experience.
Student Professional Awareness Experience (SPAx) is a program announced by IEEE-USA in 2014. The goal is for students to “Engage. Explore. Experience”. The variable “x” in SPAx could be shaped as conferences held by expert speakers, activities focusing on skill development, a social event to expand networking and team building skills, tech talk and any other format which focuses on the eight areas of SPAx. The areas focus on non-technical skills for students’ career development such as ethical skills which can help them to make a profound impact on the society, personal skills to successfully navigate the business world, decision-making skills, skills to communicate effectively, skills to convert the theoretical concept into practical life. By combining all these skills students will be able to prove themselves beneficial for the humanity.
IEEE AIUB Student branch has been the largest and one of the most successful student branches in both IEEE Bangladesh Section and IEEE Region 10. Being a trademark in both membership development and organizing professional and technical activities, it successfully organized Student Professional Awareness Venture (SPAVe) under the SPAx program of IEEE-USA for the first time in the history of IEEE Bangladesh Section in 2016 and later on SPAVe 2.0 in 2018. The venture was supported by IEEE USA, IEEE Region 10, IEEE Bangladesh Section, IEEE Young Professionals Bangladesh and IEEE BDS Student Activities Committee, which consisted of workshops, seminars and technical talks to guide students to shape their future and build a successful professional career.
Student Professional Awareness Workshop
Student Professional Awareness Workshop is a new addition to the SPAx program announced by IEEE-USA in the year 2014. As the name suggests the event focuses solely on professional and career-based workshops, providing the participants with ideas required to create a difference in the world of engineering. It ensures the participants experience along with the knowledge that cannot be found on a daily basis. It is the first time that such a program has been arranged by IEEE AIUB Student Branch who are the first among the entire Region 10 to host such an honorary event.