Being out of a job doesn’t mean you can’t afford to find out about developments in your technical field or advances in another, pick up new business skills, or learn about a new career. IEEE—whether your region, section, or society chapter—is there to help you with workshops, tutorials, and talks by distinguished speakers. Many are available at no cost or for only a small fee, and some offer continuing-education units.
“The speakers are really leaders in their technical fields and industry, and to some you
wouldn’t get access in any other way,” says Peggy Hutcheson, a member of the IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services Committee.
Here’s a sample of events taking place this month:
• To polish your management skills, check out the Cedar Rapids Professional Development Conference in Iowa on 12 May. Sponsored by the IEEE Cedar Rapids Section, the conference offers sessions such as Coaching and Mentoring for Today’s Workplace, High-Performance Teams, Proactive Project Risk Management, and Lean Project Management.
• IEEE Region 8 and the IEEE Russia Northwest Section are hosts for the Eurocon meeting from 18 to 23 May in St. Petersburg. Eurocon is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Popov, who in 1895 was the first to transmit and receive radio signals. Conference topics reflect Popov’s contributions to electrophysics and electromechanics and include sessions on decentralized power systems, power control, and renewable energy; broadcast and consumer systems; and micro and nano systems.
• To help you make it as a consultant, the Austin, Texas, chapter of the IEEE Technology Management Council and the IEEE Central Texas Consultant’s Network are holding a workshop, “How to Become a Successful Consultant,” on 26 May. Topics include networking to find job leads and qualifying and prioritizing the leads you do find.
• Learn how technology is contributing to the medical field by attending the talk “Repairing the Diseased Heart: The Impact of Medical Engineering,” on 27 May. The Toronto chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society is sponsoring the event. The speaker is Shelley McKellar, associate history professor at the University of Western Ontario, in London.
Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood at any time by logging on to myIEEE or checking the Web site or newsletter of your region, section, or chapter.