It seems like a simple question -- Where do you want to be in 2017? -- but it couldn't be more complex. As we come into these last months of 2016, it's time to consider where you want to be, as a professional engineer, next year.
Is it at your current job? Do you want to start your own company? Do you deserve a compensation increase? Are your skills where they need to be?
Moreover, we all have to actively seek our career paths. It's not as if dream jobs fall from the sky or buckets of start-up funding will show up on your doorstep. And we must remind ourselves that even the act of keeping up as an engineer is in itself an act when we discuss a profession as constantly evolving as engineering. What has always moved engineering forward are the great minds stepping away from the pack, breaking through barriers, taking their profession to new heights and driving advancements.
When planning for December's Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), an event managed by Design News' parent company, UBM, we certainly kept the time of year in mind. The conference is geared to help you determine your next career steps, be in through inspiration, innovation, or engineering expertise.
Speakers at ESC include Alice Bowman, mission operations manager for the New Horizon project to Pluto (pictured right); Cees Links, regarded as the "father of WiFi;" and engineer/author Ransom Stephens, (pictured below) who's work helped bring us to the Higgs Boson (aka God Particle) and who will discuss priming your brain for innovative thinking.
Panels include: "How to Start a Start-up" and "Ask a Consultant" -- two opportunities to hear about success outside a corporate structure. And our Women in Engineering panel and networking session will explore why women make up less than 15% of professional engineers and ways to increase that percentage that better the tech industry overall.
Companies that play a critical role in innovations will be on the ESC expo floor ready to answer your questions, including Intel, Rhode & Schwarz, STMicroelectronics, and dozens more.
And every technical session and tutorial is designed to give engineers an edge as they get ready to tackle 2017's coming challenges and opportunities in embedded design for hardware, software, and IoT.
Design News will also be presenting its Career & Salary Survey results at ESC Silicon Valley. Come down to find out how your peers feel about their job security, how your salary compares, and what concerns and keeps engineers confident about their careers.
It may seem a bit early to be planning for 2017, but it's never too early (or too late) to plan for your own career success. Really, without the success of individual engineers, we'd have no innovation. Then where would we be?
Register for ESC here with code ESCSV16. And share your thoughts via [email protected] on what types of sessions you'd like to see Design News get behind at UBM's engineering events. If we can help you be where you want to be, we want to.
With more than 15 years' experience covering tech and working with engineers, Suzanne Deffree is Editor-in-Chief of Design News and Content Director for UBM Advanced Manufacturing. Find her at UBM's various in-person events for engineers including the Embedded Systems Conference, ATX, and DesignCon.