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IEEE-USA Will Offer Career Assistance Track at Upcoming Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop Series

Smart Tech Workshops offer parallel, all-day track sessions that allow attendees to immerse themselves in a given technology. This two-day intensive workshop will be held in Baltimore, Md., on 2-3 November 2012, at the Westin Baltimore Washington Airport-BWI.  Receive two days of instruction, plus meals, for only $129 for members*, and $179 for non-members, when you register by 9 September.

IEEE-USA”s Career Assistance Track: Managing Your Career as a Business

IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services Committee (ECSC) volunteers will present this Career Assistance track to workshop attendees.  This track will assist engineers and technology professionals in developing lifelong employability in a continuously changing career and employment environment, by focusing on their own professional and career development. It will also provide information and tools that will help engineers and technology professionals:

  • Develop networking and job seeking skills
  • Achieve career satisfaction
  • Take personal responsibility for their own career and professional development

The track will emphasize that career and professional development involves both technical and non-technical areas.  And it will teach attendees how to help make their own organizations more productive.

Throughout the Career Assistance track, presenters will highlight the unique resources that IEEE-USA makes available to help engineers and technology professional manage their careers, including the wealth of on-line tools and the power of the IEEE network.

Specific topics that will be discussed in the workshop may include:

  • Managing your career as a business
  • Developing an effective career strategy
  • Avoiding career “derailers”
  • The critical role of networking, and how to do it effectively
  • Targeted job searching
  • Preparing winning resumes
  • Nailing the interview
  • Consulting as a career option
  • Globalization and your career

Participants will learn:

  • Why career management is vital to a satisfying career
  • How to effectively compete in the job market through improved job searching, resume preparation and interviewing
  • How to assess if consulting is a viable career option, and how to compete in the consulting market;
  • How IEEE/IEEE-USA can greatly enhance career management through available tools and networking opportunities.

In addition to all of the above, CEU credits are earned by completing this course.

About the instructors:

Gary L. Blank, Ph.D., is the 2010-2012 IEEE-USA vice-president of Career and Member Services, responsible for the IEEE Consultants Networks Coordinating Committee, the Employment and Career Services Committee, the Entrepreneurs Activities Committee, the Licensure and Registration Committee, and the K-12 STEM Literacy Committee. He teaches review courses for the F.E. and P.E. Exams. Blank is also an independent consultant in the areas of power, controls and electronics. As a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, he also teaches courses in smart grid, renewable energy and electric cars for College Instructors and High School Science Teachers.

Edward L. Kirchner is the 2012 chair of IEEE-USA’s Employment and Career Services Committee, on which he also represents IEEE Region 3. His engineering career spans 28 years, and includes senior technical and management positions. Kirchner is currently a project engineer and program manager at Harris Corporation.

Tarek Lahdhiri, Ph.D., P.E., PMP, SM-IEEE, is the IEEE Region 4 PACE chair and the IEEE Region 4 representative to the IEEE-USA Employment & Career Services Committee. Dr. Lahdhiri is the recipient of the 2001 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award, the 2004 IEEE-USA Professional Leadership Award, and the 2007 IEEE-USA Citation of Honor Award. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Michigan, and a licensed Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Lahdhiri  works at General Motors Corporation, where he is the strategy leader for real-time control systems.

Register now for IEEE Smart Tech Workshop in Baltimore

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*Society affiliates are not eligible for the member rate.

Guest Contributor

IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members. IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE Members.

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