Webinars Offer Career and Tech Tips

Free webinars offer career advice and technical overviews

7 December 2009

prodservLooking for tips on how to win in today’s job market? Need help learning to network? Want to get up to speed on today’s hot new tech fields? IEEE has a variety of free webinars for members that offer career advice and technical overviews. Here’s a sample of what’s available.

CAREER HELP
Finding Work Part 1 of “How to Win in a Competitive Job Market” covers strategies for an effective job search and exposes misconceptions that could hold you back from landing a position. Part 2 deals with how you can take charge of your search, modify your approach to meet market conditions, and rebuild your confidence after you’ve been out of a job for a while. Career counselor Sherri Edwards presents both sessions.

Getting Hired The process of finding a new job can be frustrating and confusing. The webinar “Why Aren’t I Hired Yet?” tries to answer that question by examining market data and the latest hiring trends. Elizabeth Lions offers tips to help you get noticed in today’s competitive job market. Lions is an author and career coach, specializing in working with engineers.

Consulting Basics If you’re looking for ways to earn extra income, consider becoming a consultant. The “Consulting 101” webinar explains how to get into the game—part-time or full-time. If you’re already a consultant, it can show you ways to increase your assignments and expand your client base. The webinar explores why becoming a consultant can be a good idea and offers suggestions for running a business. The presenter is IEEE Senior Member Gary Black, a consultant in electrical and electronic engineering, including power, energy, and control systems.

Successful Networking Whether you’re searching for a job, considering a career change, or simply trying to climb the job ladder, networking could be your key to success. Speaker Michelle Tullier examines the factors that make networking productive in “Networking Solutions for Career Success.”

The author of eight books, Tullier is vice president of career transition consulting for Right Management. She explains how to overcome the most common networking obstacles, such as feeling like you’re “just not the networking type” or getting through to hard-to-reach people. She also shares tips for expanding networks and building stronger relationships.

These webinars can be found here.

TECH OVERVIEWS
Robotics The first in a four-part series, “Robotics 101” shows how cutting-edge technologies are used to design, test, and deploy sophisticated robot architectures. The speaker is Anu Saha, product marketing manager at National Instruments Corp. Other seminars cover unmanned robot systems, research being conducted at universities, and future applications.

Data Capture Learn how bar-code scanning and imaging can streamline business operations, cut costs, and improve customer service. In “Powerful Data-Capture Solutions,” three experts from Motorola demonstrate how to set up data-capture systems with the company’s OEM technology, differentiating between products. The speakers are Anthony Gangemi, senior product manager, and Jonathan Chin, product manager, both with the OEM Advanced Data Capture Division, and Richard Woodburn, senior director for the Enterprise Wireless LAN Division.

Multiphysics “Multiphysics Modeling and Simulation” introduces a variety of modeling and simulation techniques for solving challenging design problems. Presenter David Kan, branch manager for the COMSOL Group, a software company, also gives a tutorial that demonstrates the work flow in the design of microelectromechanical systems, including the coupling of electromagnetic and heat-transfer phenomena and structural mechanics in the same simulation.

These are from the Tech Insiders webinar series.

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