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Published: 22 Jan 2018

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Your Career Goals in 2018

Traditionally at the start of a new year, we begin to think of what lies ahead for us in the coming year.  It’s a time to start planning where we would like to be in our personal lives and careers and setting goals for ourselves to set us on the path forward.  It can sometimes be overwhelming to figure out where to start.  Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Assess Your Current Position.  Think about your current job and consider the following:

  • How has this position helped you to gain skills you didn’t previously have?  If so, what are they?
  • Is your current position challenging your abilities and providing opportunities to learn and grow?
  • Are there opportunities for advancement in your current position?
  • What are your career goals for the next year, the next 5 years, the next ten years?
  • What new skills would you like to learn to further advance your career to reach those goals?

Write Down Your Goals.  Now that you have got some of the basics identified, begin by writing down your goals for this year.  Think of this as your career / professional development “to-do list” for 2018.  A September 2016 HuffPost article discusses a research study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, on the art and science of goal setting.  In this study, Dr. Matthews discovered that participants “who wrote down their goals and dreams on a regular basis achieved those desires at a significantly higher level than those who did not.  In fact, she found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis.” 

If you’re having trouble putting your goals down on paper, take a look at the article, “7-Step Goal Plan for 2018” on The Career Experts website to help you get started.  The seven steps they’ve suggested include:
“1. Set realistic goals to avoid setting yourself up for disappointment.
2. Make your goals specific and work on one goal at a time.
3. Determine what tasks/activities need to take place to achieve each goal.
4. Dedicate at least 1-2 hours per day or 5-10 hours per week to create momentum.
5. Write down each goal on an index card, specifying an end date on the top line and list the steps you plan to take underneath.
6. Don’t keep it a secret.
7. Find yourself an accountability buddy.”

Looking for other ways to improve your time on the job?  Check out the IEEE JobSite’s recent article, Make a New Year’s Resolution for Your Work Life  in which “the IEEE Career News editorial team gathered links to some articles that offer advice on everything from how to use LinkedIn more effectively to sleeping on the job.”

Wishing you the best of luck for a successful and happy 2018!

Applications Being Accepted for Upcoming IEEE WCET™ Certification Exam

Applications are now being accepted for the first testing window of the IEEE WCET Certification exam in 2018.  Apply now through 30 March 2018.  You will then take the exam any time from 16 April through 12 May 2018 at a testing center near you.

A popular resource in preparing for the IEEE WCET Certification Exam is the Combination Package that includes a seat in the April 4 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course PLUS a seat in the Spring 2018 WCET Exam.  The 4 Day Intensive Wireless Communications course included in this package is scheduled for 10-13 April and includes a copy of the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge, 2nd Edition (WEBOK). Learn more and register for this special offer.

Want to learn more about how prepared you are for the IEEE WCET Certification Exam?  The IEEE WCET Practice Exam can help you to better understand the domains covered in the exam in which you are already proficient and which areas require additional study and preparation.

Fall 2012, Spring 2013, & Spring 2015 IEEE WCPs: Your IEEE WCET Renewal Deadline Is Close!

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

If you earned or renewed your IEEE WCET Certification in Fall 2012, Spring 2013 or Spring 2015, we are reminding you that your IEEE WCP certificate will expire in 30 April 2018, 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 30 March 2018.
  • 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 IEEE WCET website. You will also find an application form that you need to download and use to record your activities. IEEE WCPs from 2012-2013 should use the 5 year PDU spreadsheet and IEEE WCPs from 2015 should use the 3 year PDU spreadsheet.

The committee is confident that your experience and your professional development during the last several years will meet the criteria for recertification, if you should 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 1 January 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 the required PDUs, 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.

Upcoming IEEE ComSoc Training Courses

The full list of courses being offered through year-end is now available.  Topics include 5G, Optical Communications, LTE, Wi-Fi, Security, IoT, and more.  Discounts available on select courses for early registration or registration for related courses as a “bundle.”  View the calendar of upcoming courses now.

Industry News

Analyst Angle: 10 2018 mobile and wireless forecasts and trends
“5G, IoT, Services (vs. Apps), Over the Top (OTT), Smartphones, App Layer vs. OS Layer, Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) are hot mobile topics for 2018. There’s a number of new breakthrough developments that will make 2018 our best year yet in mobile and wireless.” [RCR Wireless]

AT&T plans to launch mobile 5G in a dozen cities by late 2018
“AT&T plans to be the first carrier to launch a standards-based mobile 5G service in a dozen cities in the United States before the end of this year.” [FierceWireless]

5G New Radio and What Comes Next
“Wireless engineers and telecommunications executives are making more promises about the possibilities of 5G, but behind the scenes, they’re still working out what exactly 5G will look like.” [IEEE Spectrum]

5G to comprise more than 40% of spending on wireless network infrastructure by 2025
“According to SNS Research, by the end of 2025 5G networks will comprise over 40% of spending related to wireless network infrastructure, compared to around 5% of all spending on wireless network infrastructure in 2020.” [Telecoms Tech News]

T-Mobile Conducts mmWave 5G Test with Nokia, Intel 
“T-Mobile recently deployed a 5G commercial radio system in suburban Seattle in partnership with Nokia and Intel — the carrier's first inter-vendor 5G network.” [WirelessWeek]

10 Enterprise IoT Predictions for 2018
“It’s been a long time coming for enterprise IoT, but I am confident that 2018 will be a pivotal year. It will be especially exciting to see IoT converge with AI, blockchain and fog computing technologies as companies co-innovate with their partner ecosystems to build solutions sthat truly transform businesses.” [IoT Business News]

5G’s Olympic Debut
“This year’s Winter Games promise a sneak peek at a high-bandwidth, low-latency wireless future.” [IEEE Spectrum]

Analyzing the upside for emerging machine to machine applications
Mobile network service providers are upbeat about their new revenue sources in the future. The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies continue to gain momentum in the Global Networked Economy, as more organizations explore the application possibilities.” [Telecoms Tech News]

Satellites Will Play Instrumental Role In 5G Network
“For over 50 years, satellites have been instrumental in the telecommunications industry, despite mostly being used by government and major communication entities. With satellite uses roles becoming increasingly broad in recent years, the economics of these crafts are evolving.” [Wireless Design Magazine]

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