According to research done by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men are paid. Moreover, research has indicated that only about 7 percent of women attempted to negotiate for a higher salary in their first job, compared to 57 percent of men.
Research also suggests that recent college graduates are also unlikely to negotiate for their salaries. A 2015 article cited by the Washington Post indicated that out of almost 8,000 new graduates who were surveyed, only 38 percent negotiated. To ensure that all Texas A&M students are prepared to negotiate a fair salary upon graduation, we are offering AAUW Start Smart and AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops.
AAUW Start Smart Workshops are designed to teach participants how to negotiate for a fair salary. In every two-and-a-half-hour workshop, participants gain confidence in their negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play, and also learn:
- How to identify and articulate their personal value
- How to develop an arsenal of persuasive response and other negotiation strategies
- How do conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
- Information on the wage gap, including its long-term consequences.
AAUW Start Smart Workshops are ideal for students who are preparing to enter the professional job force for the first time. In addition to the skills listed above, students learn about how to research the cost of living in the location where they plan to live, and how to build a basic budget, which informs their salary ask.
Each workshop is limited to 40 participants, and pre-registration is required. All Texas A&M University students are welcome to attend AAUW Smart Start and AAUW Work Smart Workshops.