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ELI 592 Professional Communication for Quantitative Fields


10-week course offered for the first time in the Winter 2020 term. Meets once a week for 90 minutes.

In this highly interactive course, you will develop practical tools for communicating effectively in a variety of professional and academic situations. You will improve your ability to handle small talk, networking, group/team communication, elevator pitches, and job interviews.  You will develop effective listening strategies and non-verbal communication skills. You will build greater confidence communicating on campus and beyond. 

This course is ideal for you if you are a graduate student in a quantitative field (such as math, quantitative finance and risk management, applied economics, applied statistics, engineering) seeking to build confidence in speaking and listening as you prepare for your professional career. Students often take this course after taking ELI 531 or 536.

Course activities include:

  • Small talk and conversation skills practice

  • Group/team meeting discussion practice

  • Networking simulation (e.g. career fair or Q & A after company presentation)

  • At least two personal elevator pitches

  • Practice in various interview types (e.g. face-to-face, group, phone, video conference)

  • Interview question practice (e.g. situational, behavioral, difficult, wild card, etc.) and strategies for responding

  • Mini presentation explaining technical content to a non-specialist audience

(1 credit)