Members of IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade from around the world gathered in San Francisco in August for a two-day networking event. The GOLD Summit featured training on strategies for retaining members in IEEE, a brainstorming session on humanitarian activities the organization might tackle, and an event celebrating the diversity of IEEE members.
GOLD is a group for young engineers that encourages networking, offers career guidance, and organizes social events.
IEEE.tv produced two videos of the meeting. The first one covers the multicultural event and includes interviews with GOLD members discussing benefits they receive from the group, as well as why they joined IEEE and remain members. Networking is one of the top reasons.
“What really fascinates me about IEEE is the young professionals and the enthusiasm they show, and I wanted to be a part of that,” IEEE Member Timothy Wong says in the video.
Adds Member Jignasa Raj: “I joined [IEEE] because one of my colleagues was organizing a [IEEE] Women in Engineering event, and I’m always eager to help. That was the hook. Now I like reaching out to other women engineers and young professionals.”
A third member in the video, Sachin Desam, says he joined IEEE as a student and has remained active ever since. “GOLD is a great way to get the word out about IEEE,” he said. “Engineers are awesome!”
The second video offers interviews with attendees discussing why they’ve stayed with IEEE after their college graduation. “IEEE has connected me with so many people I would have never met otherwise,” says Karthik Kulkarni, chair of the GOLD Bangalore Section. “Networking is the No. 1 reason I am a member.”
Member Natalia Rapao also cites career benefits. “I think 80 percent of my experience on my résumé is from IEEE activities and leadership roles,” she says. “I finished university two years ago. Now I’m a GOLD member, and I’ll continue to stay involved in IEEE.”