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RMW - May 2017

ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER YPs THE PURPOSE OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUNG Professionals is to increase involvement of Young Pro-fessionals (YPs) in RMSAWWA and RMWEA activities, events, and committees. YPs are members who are under age 35 and/or who have less than 10 years of experience. The committee organizes YP events throughout the year, which may include social events, technical career development, community service, and mentoring/educational programs. One of our newest and most impactful initiatives has been to increase education and training through professional devel-opment seminars. Our education initiative is led by Educa-tion Co-Chairs Anni Santos and Lia Brune. Recent seminar topics include negotiation skills and techniques, workplace personality types, and an interviewing and resume work-shop. Through this initiative, Santos and Brune have brought non-technical soft skills and emotional intelligence concepts to a growing number of industry YPs. There have been numerous recent events that were either planned or attended by our YPs. These include a career devel-opment presentation by Pieter Van Ry, the Water For People dinner event led by Bailey Leppek, and the YP Committee Chair Training and AWWA/WEF YP Summit that I attended along with Jamie Langer. Professional development: Setting your course Beginning a new career is an exciting experience, but it can also be intimidating and scary. It can also be scary not to know where you want to take your career or how to get there. To help our members tackle this matter, the YP Com-mittee ask Pieter Van Ry, Parker Water and Sanitation District Director of Engineering, to present his professional devel-opment seminar Setting Your Course: Charting Your Career Path and the Skills to Get There. Van Ry guided attendees through mapping their career path by asking them to write down where they want to be at the end of their career, what skills they would need to get there, and by explaining what tools he used along his own path. 36 | ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER MAY 2017 Recent YP Events Provide Real World Solutions for Up and Comers By Ashley Waldron, E.I.T. Parker Water and Sanitation District Director of Engineering Pieter Van Ry talks to young professionals about the value of mapping their career path. CREDIT: ASHLEY WALDRON. Young professionals attending a professional development seminar presented by Parker Water and Sanitation District Director of Engineering Pieter Van Ry were given tools to help plan their future career path. CREDIT: ASHLEY WALDRON. YP Committee Chair Training and AWWA/WEF YP Summit The YP Chair Training and Summit took place in Tampa, Florida, just before the Utility Management Conference. The AWWA/WEF Young Professionals Summit is the leading water and wastewater industry workshop for young profes-sionals to hone their leadership skills. The summit helps attendees develop their role in water and explore how they can best serve their organization and community. The annual YP Summit program gave a platform for industry experts to explain how to succeed and take on a leadership role in times of uncertainty. In addition, there were interactive pro-fessional development sessions that resulted in applicable skills to improve workplace communication with all types of people. YPs had the opportunity to attend many great talks, includ-ing Beyond your Local Water System: The Water Industry Connects Everywhere, Keys to Success in Public Water Sector Management: Lessons Learned in the Trenches and What Being a Professional Means and How Professionalism Helps Your Career.


RMW - May 2017
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