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September 2017 - Volume 9, Issue 5

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The IEEE Wireless Communications Professional (WCP) News provides the latest information to help you manage your career.

In this issue:

LAST CALL TO APPLY FOR IEEE WCET CERTIFICATION EXAM IN 2017

NOMINATE A CANDIDATE FOR A 2017 CAREER OR SERVICE AWARD

YOUR ONLINE PROFESSIONAL PROFILE:  MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

2012 IEEE WCPS: YOUR IEEE WCET RENEWAL DEADLINE IS CLOSE

UPCOMING IEEE COMSOC TRAINING COURSES

INDUSTRY NEWS



LAST CALL TO APPLY FOR IEEE WCET CERTIFICATION EXAM IN 2017

8 September 2017 is the deadline to apply for the last testing window for the IEEE WCET Certification Exam in 2017.  Apply now and sit for the exam at the testing center location of your choice any time from 25 September to 21 October 2017. 

Special Offer:  The popular special combination package which includes a seat in the September 4 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course PLUS a seat in the last 2017 testing window of the IEEE WCET Exam is available until 7 September at 1:00pm EDT.  Included in this package is the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge (WEBOK), 2nd Edition, which is a valuable resource for anyone working in wireless communications.  The 4-Day Intensive Wireless Communications course covers the seven key areas in wireless that practitioners working in the field should be proficient in including: RF Engineering, Propagation, and Antennas; Wireless Access Technologies; Network and Service Architecture; Network Management and Security; Facilities Infrastructure; Agreements, Standards, Policies, and Regulations; and Fundamental Knowledge.  This course will not teach you how to pass the IEEE WCET Certification exam but it is a great resource to review the areas covered in the exam.  Learn more about this special offer.

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NOMINATE A CANDIDATE FOR A 2017 CAREER OR SERVICE AWARD

Do you have a colleague who stands out for work done in the area of communications technology?  Please take a look at the numerous ComSoc career and service awards that are calling for nominations for 2017.  Awards include:

IEEE Communications Society Education Award

IEEE Communications Society Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award

IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award

IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award

IEEE Communications Society Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications

IEEE Communications Society Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award

IEEE Communications Society Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences

IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications

IEEE ComSoc/KICS Exemplary Global Service Award

Act soon. Nominations are due on 17 September 2017.

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YOUR ONLINE PROFESSIONAL PROFILE:  MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” as famously stated by author and actor Will Rogers.  Since these days many employers investigate potential employees online, it’s a good practice to periodically check to make sure that your online personal profile reflects the best that you have to offer and leaves potential employers wanting to learn more about you.

What steps can you take to help ensure that your online professional profile is the best that it can be?  Here are some ideas from recent career articles that can help to get you started.

Review and Update Your LinkedIn Profile

Here are a few tips to consider as you review your profile:

  • Make sure that there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes.
  • Include an interesting headline.
  • Make sure that your profile picture is professional in nature.
  • Include examples of relevant volunteer and leadership activities that further demonstrate your skills
  • List your skills in the Featured Skills section – check out the top 7 skills for an engineer as noted in Engineer Skills List and Examples, The Balance, February 2017
  • Write a compelling summary that highlights your skills and use keywords that will help potential employers find you (see How to Write a Good LinkedIn Summary With Examples, The Balance, March 2017)

See these articles for more helpful information on improve your LinkedIn profile:

Review Your Online Presence

Many employers are conduction internet searches on potential candidates, especially looking at social media accounts.  According to a June 2017 article titled “Number of Employers Using Social Media to Screen Candidates at All-Time High, Finds Latest CareerBuilder Study” on Careerbuilder.com, “70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates.”  There’s no need to delete your social media accounts if you’re searching for a job, just be thoughtful about what you share.  The same Careerbuilder.com article notes that “Fifty-seven percent of employers are less likely to call someone in for an interview if they can't find a job candidate online. Of that group, 36 percent like to gather more information before calling in a candidate for an interview, and 25 percent expect candidates to have an online presence.”

Online reputation management is actually a growing industry, in which business help individuals manage their online presence.  Although you can hire someone to help you with this, there are things that you can do on your own to improve your online presence.  Here are two examples to help you get you started:

Google:  Check what results display when you search your name on Google since potential employers will be seeing the same results.  You can also set up a Google alert so that you are notified whenever your name is mentioned online.

Personal Website: Buying your domain name and creating a personal website allows you to have control over how you would like to appear to potential employers.  This is the place to display your personal brand.  Check out the article, “How To Position Yourself As An Authority And Build Your Personal Brand,” by Jimmy Rohampton Forbes.com, June 2017, to learn more about personal branding.

You now have knowledge of some tools to get you started and a lot to think about.  You’ve worked hard to get to where you are in your career.  Don’t let a subpar online presence cause you to miss out on possibly great career opportunities.  Best of luck to you!

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2012 IEEE WCPs: Your IEEE WCET Renewal Deadline is Close!

A message from Dr. Mohamed M. A. Moustafa, Chair, IEEE WCET Recertification & Accreditation Committee.

The IEEE Communications Society WCET Recertification & Accreditation Committee is reminding you that your IEEE WCP certificate will expire in 31 October 2017, and that you will need to renew your certification before this deadline. If you have not done so already, please, consider starting your renewal process. There are two ways to do so:

  • Take the current the WCET examination. It is updated regularly with new questions addressing recent developments in the industry. Please, note that the application deadline is 8 September 2017
  • Showing the earned Professional Development Units (PDUs) through contributions to the profession and/or personal professional development. Details about this approach can be found at the WCET website. You will also find an application form that you need to download and use to record your activities.

The committee is confident that your experience and your professional development during the last five years will meet the criteria for recertification, if you choose to recertify through the path of showing the earned Professional Development Units (PDUs).

If you have any difficulty completing the application form, you can send us your up-to-date resume and we can help you fill out the application.

Please note this recent development to the IEEE WCET Recertification policy which became effective January 1, 2017. It is now required for the IEEE WCP credentials holders to apply for the renewal of the WCET certification every 3 years. As a result, fees for recertification have been reduced by 40%. IEEE/IEEE ComSoc members are now charged just $180 to recertify, while nonmembers are charged $210. Once you have shown that you have earned 100 PDUs for the last 5 years of your certification, your credential will be renewed for another 3 years.

Please visit the IEEE WCET Recertification web page to learn more or you can contact us, if you have any questions.

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UPCOMING IEEE COMSOC TRAINING COURSES

12 Sep 2017 -
15 Sep 2017

2 for 1 Deal: September 4 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course PLUS Fall 2017 WCET Exam Seat

12 Sep 2017 -
15 Sep 2017

4 Day Intensive Wireless Communications Course

20 Sep 2017

Nanoscale Communication Networks

27 Sep 2017

SON & The End-To-End Road to 5G

4 Oct 2017

Visible Light Communications - Premiere event!

11 Oct 2017

Beyond LTE: LTE Advanced, LTE Advanced Pro and 5G

25 Oct 2017

Background Concepts of Optical Communication Systems - Premiere event!

1 Nov 2017

Advanced Topics in Wireless Positioning

8 Nov 2017

Wireless for the Internet of Things (IoT)

11 Nov 2017

Advanced Technical Writing and Presentation for English-as-a-Second-Language Engineers – Premiere event!

15 Nov 2017

High Throughput Satellites

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INDUSTRY NEWS

When Disaster Strikes, Flying Cell Towers Could Aid Search and Rescue
Base stations carried by drones would form an ad hoc network and connect first responders.” [IEEE Spectrum]

Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) Challenges
“How do you connect the unconnected? Mozilla and the National Science Foundation are looking for innovative wireless technologies that connect people to the Internet and to each other. A total of $2 million in prize money is available for wireless solutions that get people online after disasters or that connect communities lacking reliable Internet access.” [WirelessChallenge.Mozilla.org]

British government pumps £16m into 5G research
“The UK government has pumped £16 million into 5G research to help ensure Britain is at the forefront of mobile technology.” [Telecoms]

Report: China, U.S. Will Lead as 5G Connections Grow to 1.4B by 2025
A forecast from Juniper Research indicates that “China, the United States, and Japan will lead the globe in 5G connections, together making up more than half (55 percent) of all 5G connections at the end of the forecast period.” [WirelessWeek]

How Gigabit LTE phones can give you the fastest data speeds available
A breakdown of “the relationship between advertised network peak speeds, the technologies used to achieve those speeds, and how the LTE capabilities inside the smartphone determine whether you can take advantage of them.” [RCR Wireless]

Enabling the Health Revolution Through Data Analytics and IoT
“No longer solely used for tracking history and health progression of patients, today’s data is being integrated into predictive analytics systems that learn and detect trends that improve patient care.” [Medical Design Technology]

IoT and IIoT Sounds Similar, But are Different Ecosystems
Article discusses the differences between IoT and IIoT and the special challenges associated with the technology.  [IoT Business News]

$50+ Billion Software-Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization Market 2017 - Global forecast to 2022
“The main driving factors for the Software Defined Networking Market are the increasing evolution and demand in mobility, the increased network complexity and varied traffic pattern, and the surge in demand for cloud service, data center consolidation, and server virtualization.” [Cision PR News]

What technical challenges do you foresee with the emergence of fifth-generation (5G) wireless communication? 
Representatives from wireless industry share their thoughts about 5G.  [Wireless Design & Development]

FCC considers adding wireless at 10 Mbps to broadband progress report
The FCC said it will investigate whether to add fixed and mobile wireless services to its broadband progress report, a report that previously focused mostly on wired services.  [FierceWireless]

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