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7 September 2016
Your bi-weekly report on jobs, education, management, and the engineering workplace, from the editors of IEEE Spectrum.
1. Europe's Early-Career Researchers State Their Demands

“Scientific and scholarly research plays a special role in our European Union—one that has the ability to transform people and society. The passion, ideas and curiosity that young people bring to research sustain it.” Those statements come from the opening lines of the Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers, which demands that the EU’s “Member States and the European Commission (EC)…recognize the special role that young researchers play” by making significant changes to the way research is funded and how research organizations are structured. The ultimate aims fall under four headings: “1. We aspire to enable great people to realize their ideas to understand and improve the world. 2. We aspire to sustainable and transparent career trajectories. 3. We aspire to a diverse, collaborative, inter-disciplinary, open, and ethical research environment. 4. We aspire to a healthy work-life balance.”
The document, which was crafted by 10 young European scientists, was presented to the EU’s Competitiveness Council, a body of ministers that oversees research acroos the continent, at the end of July. The declaration is expected to be adopted by the council in November. 
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2. Why Does Salary History Matter?
HR reps and hiring managers: Can you come up with a single good reason for requiring that job candidates hand over information about their salary histories? If the value you place on a particular position within your organization is dependent on how valued the person filling that role was at his or her previous employer, what does that say about you?  Read more.
3. TED Talks About Careers

There are TED talks on myriad topics. But some of the most helpful and enlightening have focused on helping people have fruitful, fulfilling careers. Videos featuring 15 of these career-centric talks have been gathered in one place. Among the insights: “Mastery is in the reaching, not the arriving; it's in constantly wanting to close that gap between where you are and where you want to be.” Another gem of a talk was presented from the perspective of the five ways you can kill your dreams. Among them: believe in overnight success; believe someone else has the answers. Check them out here. 

4. Another Way to Look at Autism

MindSpark, a software testing firm in Southern California, has 35 employees. That’s not unusual for a startup. What is different about the company is that most of its employees are autistic. Chad Hahn, founder of the firm—which provides quality testing and analysis for websites and applications—explained to CNBC his decision to seek out autistic tech professionals:
“The talent needed to be a good software tester is strong pattern recognition, strong attention to detail and the ability to have strong focus. Those are three traits we look for and traits that members of the autistic community have in numbers.” 
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