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16 October 2013
Your bi-weekly report on jobs, education, management, and the engineering workplace, from the editors of IEEE Spectrum.
1. Some Workers Coming Back from Assignments Abroad Find It Hard to Go Home Again

Ambitious employees agree to overseas assignments with an eye toward rapid advancement. Many are tested and return with the skills and experience they need to carry the mantle of leadership. But sometimes companies are unprepared to take advantage of a worker’s growth, says a Wall Street Journal article. “Companies send out company men and women, [and] these same people return as entrepreneurs," says John Touey, a principal at executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group. Many chafe under parent company supervision because, "all of a sudden the pace of decision-making is slowed down. They have to get 10 signatures to get a project off the ground," says Touey.  Read on.

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2. J.P. Morgan Coding Challenge: Charity Events Double as Job Auditions

J.P. Morgan is playing matchmaker, connecting college kids studying technology with nonprofits who need technical assistance and innovative solutions to the problems they face. Its Code for Good Challenge, which will take place at the firm's London headquarters on 16–17 November (as well as in New York, Ohio, Delaware, and Mumbai), will not only help local non-profits, but also give the students a first-hand look at what technologists do at a major investment bank. And it will, of course, give J.P. Morgan an opportunity to cherry pick the best and brightest. Students can apply for the London event here on or before 27 October.  Read more.

3. Lockheed Martin Hopes to Interest High Schoolers in STEM Careers with Cyber Security Awareness Day Event

Lockheed Martin plans to bring more than 200 high school students who are top performers in STEM classes to its NexGen Cyber Innovation & Technology Center in Gaithersburg, Md., for a day-long event aimed at raising the kids’ cyber security awareness and promoting careers in the field. “With employment projections by the U.S. Department of Labor showing that of the 20 fastest growing occupations projected for 2014, 15 require significant mathematics or science preparation, we need to encourage talented and energetic students to choose a path in STEM education and consider a future in the cyber security profession,” says Chandra McMahon, vice president of Commercial Markets and Cyber Security for Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business.  Read more.

4. Infosys Announces Plans to Slash R&D Staff

The Indian IT services company is reducing the headcount at the division, called Infosys Labs, by at least 30 percent. Most of the redundant employees will be moved to projects at the company’s revenue-generating IT services businesses. Read more.

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