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1 Dress for Success: Does It Matter Today? Maria A Stuchly Professor Emeritus University of Victoria, Canada

2 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 2 Dress for Success: Introduction Mt. Everest Climb Beijing Olympics (2008) Swim

3 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 3 Dress for Success: Does it Matter Today? What is success? –Sports and adventure - electromagnetics engineering –Professional success - successful life Has engineering changed - what about dress for success? –Changes in the society –Changes in our profession Is there any dress code at all - critical situations? –Interview –Business meetings –Presentations Practical advice & personal perspective

4 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 4 What is Success? How do we really define it? Does it depend on personal priorities? Does it change over our lifespan? Is it gender dependent? Does it depend on the professional environment (industry, government, academia)? Is balance in life important? We all want to be successful, and we define what it really is!

5 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 5 Professional Success Today Changes in the society –Globalization –Gender roles –Developed & developing countries Changes in the profession –Multiculturalism –Increased participation of women –Informality & tolerance

6 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 6 Dress for Success: Are there any Rules? Dress - Style - Fashion Occasion & Role we Play Age & Personal Preference Michelle & Hilary 1993

7 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 7 Dress for Success: WEB, Newspapers etc. Current environment (economic crisis) - be conservative Suit: skirt or pants? Or maybe dress? First impression critical –What you wear depends on employer –Style & creativity –Shoes matter

8 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 8 The Six Occasions for Wearing a Jacket 1.Meeting a client for the first time 2.Formal presentations 3.Formal meetings 4.Interviews 5.Unannounced official visits happen 6.Appearing in court

9 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 9 Formal Professional Attire: Fashionable Examples

10 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 10 Informal Work Environment Does anything go? Why it still may be important to dress carefully? Style & fashion

11 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 11 What About a Dress or a Sweater? When can we wear them? Social functions Less formal workplace, everyday Conferences when not presenting Lecturing? Yes, but preferably with a jacket Some formal occasions (dependent on the design or with a jacket)

12 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 12 More Informal Professional Attire

13 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 13 Transition from Student to Professional There is a step function change from a student (including a grad student) to an engineer No flip-flops No shorts No cut-out jeans No bare midriff, etc. Really critical when you start Your students may be older than you You want to be taken seriously as a professional in the office

14 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 14 My Professional Closet: what used to be in it Winter Black or dark grey skirt suit Black dress pants Two jackets Two skirtsMix & Match Two pants Assortment of tops (long & short sleeved) Sweaters Little black dress Two pairs of medium & high heel shoes

15 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 15 My Professional Closet: what used to be in it Summer Off white or light beige skirt suit Two casual dresses Two jackets Two skirts Mix & Match Two pants Assortment of tops Dressy dress or skirt or pants with a top and a matching jacket Dressy sandals (high heels) and lower heel summer shoes

16 June 7, 2009The First IEEE Women in Electromagnetics (IEEE WiEM) Workshop 16 Personal Perspective One can be successful without paying any attention to the dress (as long as it is not offensive) First impressions are very often important Dressing for occasion & your role is important Dress can give an additional level of confidence Style and fashion are not the same. Stylists may not really be helpful. One should follow fashion, but never blindly. Dress and style can be fun Your personal style may help people to remember you


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