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19 February 2014
Your bi-weekly report on jobs, education, management, and the engineering workplace, from the editors of IEEE Spectrum.
1. Want to Advance in Your Career? Make a Mastermind

We’ve all heard about the value of mentoring. The person in either position in the relationship stands to benefit from the learning and sharing that takes place. But what about sharing among equals? A article pointing out five ways to achieve serious career progress this year advises professionals to become part of a mastermind, a small group of like-minded people who are all actively moving in the direction of their goals. “You can’t help being pulled along in the right direction while helping others in your mastermind do the same. Accessing that combined knowledge set, along with each member’s network and being held accountable by a group, is one of the best investments of time and money you can make in yourself.” Who’s going to be in your group?  Read more.

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2. Outplacement the Latest Casualty of Cutbacks

It has already been widely noted that many companies seem to view unemployed job applicants as though they have scarlet letters on their lapels. Now, executive outplacement, a tool that companies offered displaced high-level workers in order to help them find new jobs, is not as widely available. And when it is, it’s in a low-budget, automated, click-this-online-link-and-read-this-one-size-fits-all-article form.  Read more.

3. Cracking the Code: Acknowledging the Challenge of Manifesting "Executive Presence"

A Harvard Business Review article notes that 22 of the Fortune 500 companies have CEOs who are either black, Asian, or Latino. The equation for who ascends to the top of the ranks includes performance, hard work, and sponsors who already occupy the executive suite. But “executive presence,” a variable that rests on several indefinable qualities and behaviors that include gravitas and appearance, may make a bigger difference in the composition of boardrooms than one might think. According to the article, cracking the code remains a challenge because, “in a workplace where unconscious bias continues to permeate the corridors of power, and leadership is mostly white and male, professionals of color are measurably disadvantaged in their efforts to be perceived as leaders.”  Read more.

4. Irish Wind-Energy Sector Could Generate 35 000 New Jobs

A new report commissioned by Siemens and the Irish Wind Energy Association imagines the results of three wind economy scenarios for Ireland. It could meet its renewable energy targets for the year 2020 by installing 4000 megawatts of wind energy, become a net renewable energy exporter by installing 8000 MW, or be completely ambitious by getting 12 gigawatts of wind power online. That last scenario, says the report, would require an investment of €29 billionRead more.

Job Spotlight
1.Starting & Advanced Research Positions: Computer Sciences and Applied Mathematics - INRIA, France

2. Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Position - Institute for Quantum Computing, Ontario, Canada

3. Semiconductor Cleanroom Coordinator - ABB Switzerland Ltd., Aargau, Switzerland

4. Transmission Line SME Engineer II - Duke Energy, Florida, USA

5. Electronics Engineering Manager - Research Products Corporation, Wisconsin, USA

6. VP, Engineering - Clearpath Robotics, Ontario, Canada

7. Faculty Position Opportunities in Dept. of Computer Science - National Chiao Tung University, Hsin-chu, Taiwan

8. Senior Electrical Design Engineer - Tomar Electronics, Inc., Arizona, USA


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