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IEEE SAC Conference September 20, 2003 W.O. (Bill) Kennedy, P.Eng., FEIC Region 7 Director-Elect
Your Future A look back A look at today A look at tomorrow Where do you want to be? How do you get there from here?
A look back Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon Tube circuits were no longer taught Computing was centralized IC were making their first in roads Statistics was an optional course
A look at today Space station is a reality IC are getting smaller and faster Personal computer Internet is everywhere Cell phones Statistics is a mandatory course
A look at tomorrow Quantum computing Space travel to Mars and beyond Robot surgery Cell phones with GPS incorporated Solve the heat generated on chips
Your World Likelihood of having a single employer from graduation to retirement – very small Likelihood of doing the same job from graduation to retirement – very small Likelihood of having multiple careers – great Likelihood of your world changing faster than mine – very great
Quo Vadis? Now for the trick question What do you want to be in five - ten years? –Technical Expert –Manager –Combination of both What are you doing to do to get there?
How to get there Engineering is __% knowledge Communication is __% knowledge Reading Writing Speaking
How to get there Need to develop communication skills –Edison –Tesla Become a competent public speaker –Join Toastmasters or similar organization Volunteer you time
How to get there Continue to develop and enhance your technical skills The ways: –Maintain your IEEE membership –Join a Technical Society –Find a mentor engineer/manager
How to get employed Describe your ideal job How do you fit Decide where you want to work Search the Internet When you’ve found the company - research Only 10% of jobs ever make to paper
How to get employed Cold call them - get a name Tell them how you can help Follow up with a letter and resume Link it to what you’ve learned The best prepared gets the job - not the smartest!
Career Development A wide range of career development resources Web-based courses Universities and business organizations IEEE Computer Society Tutorials and short courses Free Career Alert electronic newsletter IEEE Job Site :
How to Stay Employed Learn about your company’s business Learn how the cash flows Learn how the legal stuff works Determine what skills you need to get ahead Build a network within your company in all departments Cooperate when asked Volunteer when not asked
Conclusion Your learning has only just begun Acquire and develop additional skill sets Learn to communicate effectively IEEE can help - maintain your membership Volunteer your time to help others Your world will change faster than mine
A Final Observation The tools I use today weren’t invented when I graduated from University