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					                      Career Development


                               Al Reinhart
                      Worcester County Section Chair
                       Region 1 PACE Coordinator


2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop
                              Career Development

        Introduction
        Career Development
        You’re a business
        Factors for success
        Indecision / Action / Risk
        Resources
        Summary




2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                              Career Development

          Career maintenance doesn’t work, career
          development is what you need
              You are either moving ahead or falling behind
              Career maintenance implies staying in place; the
              world isn’t, it is moving ahead and you are being left
              behind.
          Businesses view career development primarily as
          the employee's responsibility.
              Human resource departments consider career
              development to be their least important function
          You need a strategic career plan
              Your career is your responsibility…
                 It better be … no one else cares !
2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                              Career Development

      You are a business, take control of it
           Brand it ! Develop it !             Market it ! Promote it !
             LinkedIn, FaceBook, Tweeter
      Create your own board of directors.
                Develop a deep network of colleagues.
      Prepare your resume the way you want it to look in 3 years.
             - Create your own report card.
          - Record your accomplishments and achievements.
      Read leadership books and articles.
      Develop your soft skills: writing, speaking, networking.

2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                              Career Development


                      You can easily take your career
                              to the next level
                       by investing time and energy
                      in your personal development.




2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                              Career Development
                               Things to Consider
      1. Know what’s coming; become an expert at it.
         Your future is tomorrow, not yesterday, or even today.
      2. It is your career, your future, control it.
         Have the final say on matters that affect you
      3. Create and develop your brand:
          Find jobs or opportunities to work in “your” space;
           blog in this space; provide presentations in this
           space; write articles or a book in this space.
         Your digital footprint is very important and it takes
           time to build out.
                            Google yourself.
                        Reputation is everything !

2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                              Career Development
                               Things to Consider
     4. Develop support systems and keep learning.
        Seek out mentors, network, attend conferences, take
        classes.
     5. Know who you are, what makes you special.
        Know what your talents are: what you are good at and
        what you are not good at.
     6. Learn and consistently develop soft skills.
        Soft is where it is at: leadership skills, communication
        skills, networking skills, management skills.
     7. Be a Leader !
       Leadership is earned (experience plus achievement):
             - good technical/professional skills and
               - good morals (ethics).
2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                              Career Development
                               Things to Consider
     8. Don't be Afraid:
       To say no, to have an opinion, to change your opinion,
        to make a decision, to be criticized, to fail, to try again.
     9. Eat like a bird; poop like an elephant (Guy
        Kawasaki) Read, listen, consume knowledge, then
        share that knowledge (Birds eat half their weight in
        food per day, elephants poop... a lot).
     10. Passion !
       Have it… or get it. Believe in what you are doing.
            Nothing sells like enthusiasm
     11. Have fun.
       Find a game in it or make a game out of it. Enjoy it!


2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                             Indecision Can Cost
                            Action Brings Rewards
     - Conduct a comprehensive and honest assessment of all
        pros and cons of your personal and professional life.
     - Prioritize what changes need to be made.
     - Be willing to face and make tough calls and decisions.
     - Be clear and honest about what you will commit to do.
     - Hold yourself accountable to do what needs to be done
        Make sure your decisions are based on what’s best for
        you, not what society appears to expect or what others
        may choose to do or not do.
     - Remind yourself:
             - there are no perfect decisions,
             - no decisions are without costs.
2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                                 Make Decisions

        The Bottom Line:
             - Truly “right” decisions, those that succeed, can
               only be reached when you act with the courage
               to be true to yourself.
             - Make those decisions:
                   - The agony and burden of extended indecision is
                     costly – very costly in some cases
                   - Few decision are cast in concrete
                       Most decisions can be tweaked to meet
                       changing circumstances

2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                                      Risk Taking
        Risk, all decision incorporate it…. deal with it.
             Most risk-strategies are fundamentally flawed because
              they tend to:
                  look only backwards in time for answers: look
                  forward;
                  only examine data that are most familiar, readily
                  available, and conventionally accepted ;
                  group results in predictable outcomes that
                  sacrifice accuracy for "neatness" and
                  predictability;
                  ignore unknown risks that haven’t become
                  manifest (yet) in the “data”.

2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                                    No Guarantees

        Q. Was there a particularly good piece of advice
           somebody gave you about your career?
        A. One of the guys I worked for very early on said:
           “As you think about career, it’s not about
           planning it. Things are too dynamic; there’s too
           much going on; there are too many things that’ll
           pop up, good and bad. It’s not about planning
           and career planning; it’s about preparation and
           building skills. And if you do that, then you’ll
           recover from the mishaps, and you’ll be able to
           take advantage of the opportunities.”
                    Clarence Otis Jr., C.E.O. of Darden Restaurants,
                                         New York Times, June 6, 2009



2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                          Survival
            ( Successful Career Development )
                            Earned by the swift,
                              the sure-footed,
                                the informed
                               and those who
                      prepare, participate, and engage.
               Your career demands your best effort
        “As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the
          man who has the best information” Benjamin Disraeli


2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                                        Resources

        Don’t overlook the obvious:
             IEEE CAREER SITE
               http://www.ieee.org/web/careers/home
           The Careers section of the IEEE Web site now lists 29
            employment-related resources, including job listings, career
            advice, continuing-education programs, and networking
            opportunities.

                     JOB HUNTING                            CAREER ADVICE

           CONTINUING EDUCATION                     NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES




2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                                          Resources
            Top job-hunting books most in demand in the six
                    months prior to March 14, 2009.
            What Color Is Your Parachute? 2009: A Practical
            Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changes
            Knock 'em Dead Résumés, 8th ed.
            Next-Day Job Interview: Prepare Tonight and Get the
            Job Tomorrow
            Knock 'em Dead 2009: The Ultimate Job Search Guide
            Cover Letters That Knock 'em Dead
            100 Fastest-Growing Careers: Your Complete
            Guidebook to Major Jobs with the Most Growth and
            Openings
            The Career Chronicles: An Insider's Guide to What
            Jobs Are Really Like -- the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
            From Over 750 Professionals
            Best Jobs for the 21st Century
2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                                         Resources

        Career Development Books
                 Career Development and Planning: A
                 Comprehensive Approach
                     by Robert C. Reardon, Janet G. Lenz, James P.
                     Sampson, Gary W. Peterson
                 Career Development
                     by Design by Sharon L. Hanna
                 Real World Career Development Strategies That
                 Work
                     by Compilation




2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
         Career 2.0: Take Control of Your Life
                           Jared Richardson
                      Thursday, Aug 13, 6:00pm
                          Sun Microsystems
                     1 Network Way, Burlington, Ma
                http://www.nejug.org/events/show/95
       Never rely on your company to keep your skills current
       and marketable. Take control of your own career with a
       proven strategy. These are solid, repeatable steps to get
       your career in the trajectory you want.
           Manage your career rather than let it manage you!
   Refactoring your career through learning, writing, speaking, and networking


2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                        Radical Career Success
                         in a Down Economy
                                    O’Reilly Webcast
               Chad Fowler, Andy Lester
      This webcast is about how to set yourself up for
                     now and the future.
       Career experts and authors Andy Lester and Chad
       Fowler will walk you through strategies for preparing
       yourself to not only stay employed but to find the work
       you love.
           http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/e/1360

2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                             Career Development
                          Region 1 Summer Workshop

                                       Good Luck !
                  ( Every Successful Career Requires It )
     Luck is when preparation meets opportunity:
        “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder
         I work the more I have of it.” Thomas Jefferson
     If you get an opportunity and are not prepared, you
        will likely screw it up, will have risen to your level
        of incompetence, and might have seen your last
        opportunity.

2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                                        Summary
            You are the only one who cares about your
            career
            If you are not moving ahead you are falling
            behind
            Career development is a process, a life long
            learning process, not a destination
            Life long learning drives career development
            It is all about luck, when preparation meets
            opportunity



2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                             Contact Information

                                        Al Reinhart
                          Worcester County Section Chair
                           Region 1 PACE Coordinator
                              AlReinhart@ieee.org

         Never stop trying.

                                    Never slow down.

                                                                Never say never.

2009 IEEE Region 1 Summer Leadership Workshop – Career Development, Al Reinhart
                             Career Development
                          Region 1 Summer Workshop


                                     Thank you !

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