Category Archives: Career Development

Career Development Plan

About 12 years into my career, I felt my trajectory plateau. I was an E4 doing the job of an E5, and sometimes an E6.  On one project, I held the same responsibilities as a Fellow and a department manager. … Continue reading

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Interview Tip: Ask Questions

As I think back on the many interviews in which I’ve participated, there is one action that has set interviewees apart in my view. It wasn’t showcasing an accomplishment or maintaining good posture or smiling – though those are important. … Continue reading

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The Work-Life Balance Fallacy

The work-life programs that corporate leaders celebrate are a farce. They’re feel good concepts pushed in an attempt to raise moral and show they care about their employees’ health and families. Of course, your company wants you to be healthy, … Continue reading

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Interview Tips: Ask the Right Questions

As I think back on the many interviews in which I’ve participated, both in person and on the phone, there is one action taken by a few interviewees that set them apart. It wasn’t showcasing an accomplishment or maintaining good … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned for Attending Conferences

The 2016 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC 2016) was recently held in Long Beach, CA, and I had the opportunity to attend.  At a week long, the conference covered the full gamut of topics; electric vehicle power trains, semiconductors, smart … Continue reading

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Promotions: Effectively Using Standard Appraisal Tools

Engineers of all ages and experience levels place a lot of focus on getting promotions, and rightfully so.  Everybody wants to earn more money or receive more recognition and prestige. But here is the most important thing to remember: It … Continue reading

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Resume Crafting 1: Ditch the Objective Statement

Writing the perfect resume is a tricky, if not obsessive, process. There are countless articles, tips, and examples online at Yahoo! and Lifehacker for your consumption, so this will not be a “seven tips to improve your resume” type of … Continue reading

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Does Grade Point Average matter for engineers?

Does Grade Point Average matter for engineers? That is a question oft debated – or perhaps obsessed over – by students as they get closer to graduation. Like all questions of philosophy, there is no one-size-fits all answer.  It depends … Continue reading

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