Last Updated: 10/29/2013*

Don’t be afraid to take jobs that don’t promise an immediate promotion. Seek out emerging fields like cybersecurity and analytics. Focus on developing talented workers.

Those are the secrets to succeeding in the workplace even when budgets are tight and times are tough, Raytheon Vice President Lynn Dugle told a gathering of female engineers on Oct. 26.

Lynn Dugle addressed the Society of Women Engineers on Oct. 26.
Lynn Dugle addressed the Society of Women Engineers on Oct. 26.

“Be inspired and light the fire of aspiration for those around you,” Dugle told the Society of Women Engineers during WE13, the group’s annual gathering. “Always remember – in certain or uncertain times – that one person can make a difference.”

Dugle, who leads Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business, was a keynote speaker at the event in Baltimore.

Founded in 1950, the Society of Women Engineers provides its 26,000 members with a valuable network of professional engineers and works to inspire young women to embark on careers in engineering. The group has grown to become one of the world’s preeminent engineering organizations.

Dugle focused her presentation on how individuals can overcome current economic challenges to achieve success in any environment.

Dugle noted she has held 24 different jobs in a variety of disciplines during her career. Non-traditional career paths and “lateral moves” to new jobs are invaluable ways for employees to gain experience and different perspectives, she said.

To succeed, professionals and their companies must commit themselves to finding talented people in their organizations and recognizing them, Dugle said.

Be willing to ask for help and to offer it to others when they need it, she told the audience of 1,200 society members.

Lynn Dugle poses with Raytheon employees at WE13.
Lynn Dugle poses with Raytheon employees at WE13.

A critical topic that Dugle covered in her speech was the gender imbalance in engineering, where only 18 percent of degrees are awarded to women.

To boost women’s confidence and reverse the gender imbalance, Dugle stressed the importance of mentoring and being available to help young co-workers.

For more information visit the Society of Women Engineers and WE13 website.

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