An initiative of the IEEE Young Professionals Lebanon Affinity Group, The ‘Student and Young Professional Lebanon Congress 2018′ (SYPLC’18) is the biggest IEEE event in Lebanon. The SYPLC gathers students and professionals from all over the country and is inclusive of diverse backgrounds and career levels opening opportunities to connect with fellow peers and learn from industry experts.
This year’s congress was the second edition of SYPLC and was held at the American University of Beirut (AUB) on the 9th and 10th of March with a participation of 300+ students and young professionals in collaboration with the IEEE AUB Student Branch. The aim of the congress this year was to facilitate the transition of students and young graduates from college to the workplace.
The congress consisted of a variety of sessions including panel discussions, speeches, and workshops with over 13 speakers. Design Thinking – a trendy topic these days, was also discussed in one of the speeches, giving participants an understanding of the different steps involved in the Design Thinking process. Topics such as negotiation skills for the workplace, how to handle difficult people, personality clashes in the workplace and personality assessment were also discussed making the congress beneficial for young professionals to improve their experiences at the workplace. There were 6 panels in total with 3 panels running as parallel sessions where attendees could match the sessions with their interest in order to optimize the lessons learnt. Panel discussions covered several areas including transitioning into the working world, how to make the best out of volunteering and how to include this in a resumè, personal branding, insights about how emotions shape our behaviour, how to efficiently develop a business to guarantee continuous support and public speaking.
It was exciting to see a large number of students and young professionals participate in this event and actively work to build up their soft-skills and network with others, and we hope to see the same level of enthusiasm in other IEEE events.
Overall, SYPLC’18 consisted of an engaging audience and breathtaking speakers and was a huge success with many valuable insights.
Article contributed by IEEE Young Professionals Lebanon Affinity Group