Engineers excel at processing information, evidence and data to solve complex problems. This unique skill set makes you an asset on a board or committee. Despite these clear benefits, less than three per cent of corporate directors in Australia are from a STEM background.
There are different types of boards and positions for each stage of your career. But applying for boards demands a different approach to applying for a job — even at a senior level.
This practical course is taught by an engineer who's made the shift. You'll learn:
- how boards and committees are structured and the types of roles you could apply for
- what's involved as a board member and how to assess your skills against the role
- how to prepare and lodge a winning application.
This course begins with learning the structure and functions of boards. You'll then build your understanding of boards, why engineers make valuable members, and how your skills fit in.
Finish with practical information on where to find vacancies and the application process.
After completing the course, you'll know how to find the right board role, and have the ability and confidence to apply for it.
18 October - 25 October
This workshop will run during the following times:
18 and 25 October 2022, 9:00am - 12:00pm AEDT
Registration closes three business days before each workshop.
- The fundamentals of boards and committees.
- What’s required for a board role and how to conduct a self-assessment for board roles.
- Practical tips for pathways and personalised options of making it to the boardroom.
- Types of board roles available.
- Personalising a pitch, a Board CV and cover letter.
- Steps involved with appointment processes.
Is this course for you?
This course suits engineers of all disciplines, particularly if you're looking to take on a board role.
It's valuable for professionals in the engineering industry, including:
- senior managers
- program and project managers
- team leaders.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Topics we'll cover
This course covers a range of topics over four weeks. The modules include:
1. Board Fundamentals
- Overview of Boards
- Director responsibilities
- Stacey’s story as a board and committee member
- The importance of engineers on boards
- The future of boards
2. Value Proposition
- Eligibility and conflicts of interest
- Skills needed for board work
- Attributes and experience
- Personal summary
3. Pathways & Positions
- Pathways to the boardroom
- Types of positions and finding them
- Determining if roles are suitable
- Application processes
- Prepare Board CV and Cover Letter
- Selection criteria and forms
- Interviews and next steps
Stacey Daniel FIEAust CPEng NER is a sought-after speaker, consultant and coach. With her extensive experience with boards and committees, she supports people to find and take opportunities to join them.
For more than 25 years, Stacey has worked across the corporate and community sectors with multinational companies, government departments, private business and community groups.
She's an influential non-executive director, founder of Board Presence and author of Fly to the Boardroom: Your Essential Guide to Getting on a Board.
Her experience is bolstered with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Diploma of Business and Company Directors Course Diploma.
An accomplished presenter on the topic of boards, Stacey's appeared at national and international conferences and was recognised in 2020 as one of Australia’s Innovative Engineers.
As a teacher, Stacey is generous with her knowledge about working on and with boards and committees, passing on invaluable, practical information to help others succeed.