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Prompting with Purpose: Generative AI at Work

Friday, April 26 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Virtual Event

You’ve already heard that AI is reshaping the professional landscape. In this two-hour interactive workshop, you will learn how Generative AI tools are being integrated into various industries today, and how you can leverage prompting techniques to gain a competitive edge in your career.

Overview of Generative AI in the Workplace: The workshop begins with an engaging overview of how generative AI is reshaping work. You'll gain insights into real-world applications, from automating routine tasks to driving innovation in fields like marketing, design, and data analysis. This section aims to provide you with a solid understanding of AI's current role and potential in a professional setting.

Learn Prompting Tips and Skills: The core of the workshop focuses on developing practical prompting skills. We'll explore techniques for crafting effective prompts that can aid in common workplace tasks such as report writing, data interpretation, creative brainstorming, and problem-solving. Through interactive examples and guided exercises, you will learn how to communicate with AI tools to get the best results for your specific needs.

Create and Share Work-Ready Prompts: The final segment is all about putting your new skills into action. You'll have the opportunity to create your own prompts tailored to hypothetical work scenarios. This hands-on experience is designed to build your confidence in using generative AI as a collaborative tool. At the end of the session, we'll share and discuss these prompts in small groups, providing feedback and ideas on how to refine and apply them in real work environments.

Who Should Attend? Students of all majors, alumni, and UO faculty and staff who are interested in staying ahead of the curve in the evolving job market and experimenting with generative AI tools.


NACE Competency Alignment:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Technology


About the instructor:

Nicolle Merrill has spent the last 6 years working at the intersection of education, AI and design. In 2019, she published the book Punch Doubt in the Face: How to Upskill, Change Careers, and Beat the Robots to help employees at all levels adapt to AI in the workplace. Prior to working in AI, Nicolle worked in coaching and executive training at Yale School of Management. She founded Boring AI to combine her love of training with her background in Ai to help people build critical AI literacy skills for a rapidly changing workplace. Nicolle has spoken at conferences in the US and internationally. She’s never met an audience she didn’t love.

This event is being co-hosted by Professional Edge and the UO Alumni Association Duck Career Network.

About Professional Edge:

Professional Edge is an industry-informed collection of short courses designed to help students develop cutting-edge skills essential in the modern job market.

Build targeted, practical skills in an interactive and engaging format and distinguish yourself in a field of other job applicants. As a participant, you'll receive guidance from instructors informed by the latest business trends and leave with tangible tools and stories you can leverage in your career search.

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