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1 Becoming a Professional IEEE-USA Annual Meeting Scottsdale, Arizona 2 September 2007 Janet Rochester

2 Thesis A person who demonstrates the characteristics of a professional will have more and better career opportunities, better working relations up and down the company, and overall, a more satisfying career

3 Professional – A Word With Many Meanings Professional / amateurProfessional / amateur Professional / non-professionalProfessional / non-professional Professional / unprofessionalProfessional / unprofessional What does it mean to be a professional engineer employee in industry?What does it mean to be a professional engineer employee in industry? –It is not just games with words

4 Six Characteristics of a Profession: Theory, skills, educationTheory, skills, education Authority, autonomyAuthority, autonomy Community sanction, including licensing and certificationCommunity sanction, including licensing and certification EthicsEthics Culture, associationsCulture, associations Service orientationService orientation

5 Application for Engineers in Industry Theory, skills, education must be maintainedTheory, skills, education must be maintained –Technical Skills SubjectsSubjects ToolsTools SkillsSkills –Non-technical skills Team LeadershipTeam Leadership Project ManagementProject Management

6 Application for Engineers in Industry Authority:If you have authority, you also have responsibility Autonomy:You have a sense of your self in relation to your work

7 Application for Engineers in Industry Community, sanction, including licensing and certificationCommunity, sanction, including licensing and certification –Professional registration increases career opportunities –Society trusts engineers – we have to demonstrate that we are trustworthy

8 Application for Engineers in Industry EthicsEthics –Profession- IEEE Code of Ethics –Company- Standards, Code of Conduct –Personal- Your own ethics

9 Application for Engineers in Industry Culture, associationsCulture, associations –Culture results from shared experience through education and work –Associations provide resources for information, education and mutual support

10 Application for Engineers in Industry Service OrientationService Orientation –You are serving the public directly or indirectly – keep the end user in mind –Volunteer your talents What you do for money gives you a living, What you do for others gives you a life. Arthur Ashe

11 Conclusion Accepting and demonstrating these characteristics will:Accepting and demonstrating these characteristics will: –Enhance your career –Improve the working environment –Enhance your profession


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