Build skills that pay dividends. Sept. 2018 Start Smart Workshops will Empower you to Establish and Negotiate a Better Starting Salary

Submitted on August 28, 2018
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Learning how to establish, defend, and negotiate salary and benefits is fundamental to your career when entering the workforce. The local chapter of the American Association of University Women and the Graduate Center are excited to host a series of in-person workshops designed to prepare you for your transition and help you set yourself up for success.

All sessions are free of charge. Attendees sign up for the whole series, not individual sessions. Space is limited, so please register to secure your seat. Register at .

To be updated on future workshops, please email:

UPDATE: All sessions will be held in Room S107 at the ENR2 Building located at 1064 E Lowell Street, Tucson, Arizona.

For more information about the AAUW Tucson chapter, please visit: For information about the national AAUW and to locate other chapters, please visit

Missed the series? Check out the main resources page for more information on resources and references used in the series:

Workshop Schedule

September 14, 12 PM to 1 PM

Understanding the Gender Pay Gap and Establishing Your Salary Goals

The first of three workshops, this session will focus on understanding the gender pay gap, what it means for your earning potential, and the importance of negotiating a strong starting salary. Attendees will learn how to use public job and employment data to compare and evaluate a good starting salary based on the position they are seeking and how to utilize similar benchmarking practices to negotiate for it.

September 21, 12 PM to 1 PM

Determining Your Target Starting Salary

This workshop will build upon the first session by benchmarking and exploring the factors that determine what a good starting salary is for an individual’s needs and goals. The second half of the session will feature a guest speaker from the Tucson community who will discuss their experience with benchmarking and negotiation preparation as well as answering questions from audience members.

September 28, 12 PM to 1:30 PM

Making the Most of Your Interview and Negotiating Effectively

The final of three workshops, this session will focus on negotiation practices and strategies for you to get the best salary you can. Attendees will learn how interviews can set the stage for determining a starting salary, how to leverage employee benefits in the event your salary goal cannot be met, how to side step inappropriate interview questions in a professional manner, and how to conclude an interview to maximize your earning potential. The session will include opportunities to role play interviewing scenarios.