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Published: 19 Jul 2018

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How Getting Involved in Standards Activities Can Help Your Career

Are you looking for new ways to expand your professional expertise, network, as well as contribute to your organization’s success in being a communications industry leader?  Standards activities can be one way to accomplish that.  People participate in standards activities for many reasons, but if you are looking for a way to enhance your career, here are some professional benefits to consider:

  • Helps you to establish relationships with individuals who could be technical resources or connections in companies in which you may desire employment.
  • Improve your ability to identify future trends in technologies.
  • Increased credibility and enhance your technical expertise.
  • Become aware of technical issues in the industry, learn how others deal with them, and how to avoid or resolve similar issues in your organization.1
  • Realize the satisfaction of seeing your own efforts incorporated into a globally recognized body of work. 1
  • Broaden your understanding of other segments of your industry worldwide. 1

If you are not familiar with the world of standards development, the IEEE Standards University is a great place to start to learn introductory information about standards activities and the benefits for getting involved.  Check out these resources available on the IEEE Standards University:

  • March 2018 issue of the IEEE Standards University eMagazine that focuses on 5G and IEEE 802.11
  • Job Market Advantage: Standing Out with Standards – A short, 2-minute video discusses why companies can be impressed by professionals who are familiar with standardization.
  • Advance Your Career: Standing Out With Standards – A short 2-minutes video that talks about how standards involvement can show your employer that you understand the big picture in ways that your colleagues may not.
  • WEBINAR: Standards Intro and Overview – A recorded webinar that provides a good introduction to the basics about standards and standards development organizations.
  • Standards Insights for Executives: Benefits of Participation – A short video created for executives that can help you to better understand the benefits of why your company should get involved in standards activities.

In the Advance Your Career:  Standing Out with Standards video, Yatin Trivedi, member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors (BoG), explains that “the more you know about standards, you are then able to convince your future employer that you have what it takes to implement ideas and that your familiarity with standards is actually an asset to the future employer.”  Having experience with standards can be valuable to have on your resume.  According to the IEEE ComSoc Standards Development Board Director, Tarek El-Bawab, as stated in an article2 in the May 2017 issue of IEEE Communications Magazine, in today’s workforce, there is “a knowledge gap in standards, a critical aspect of tomorrow’s science, engineering, and economy.  Standards control access to virtually every market in global commerce.”  Considering this, you can see how having knowledge and experience with standards can be viewed as a tremendous asset for a company. 

So how can you get started?  As a wireless communications professional, you can get involved in numerous standards activities.  If you are excited to learn more about emerging technologies such as IoTcloud computing, or smart grid, there are opportunities to join working groups addressing those technologies.  In fact, IEEE ComSoc has a number of Industry & Standards Activities Boards created specifically for standards related activities to whom you can reach out.  Visit the IEEE ComSoc website for a full list of the communications and networking technologies, which are addressed in ComSoc’s standards activities.  You can also visit the IEEE Standards Association website to learn more about ways to get involved in standards activities.

1ASME, Standards & Certification Activities
2"Interactive Research-Based Instruction Strategies for Standards Education: Project ISTEE," IEEE Communications Magazine, May 2017

IEEE WCET™ Recertification: Do You Know When You Need to Renew Your Credential?

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

If you have earned IEEE WCET Certification, there are some things that you need to consider in order to keep this important credential active.   Consider the following to determine when you need to renew your credential:

  • 2015 – the present:  Recertification is required after three years.
  • Before 2015:  Recertification is required after five years and once these individuals renew their certificate, they will be on the 3 year renewal cycle.

When it is time for you to renew your IEEE WCET Certification, you have two options to recertify  :

  • By passing the current exam, or
  • By showing a minimum number of earned Professional Development Units (PDUs), as appropriate for the length of the current certification. 100 PDUs are required for those renewing and required to show five years of professional activities (i.e. WCP credential holders before 2015) and 60 PDUs for those renewing under the current three-year cycle (i.e. 2015 WCP credential holders and later).

All the certificates issued beginning 1 January 2017 are valid for a three-year period.

IEEE WCP credential holders who originally earned IEEE WCET Certification in 2013, are now required to apply for the recertification to keep their credential active.  

If you choose to recertify through the path of showing the earned Professional Development Units (PDUs), the committee is confident that your experience and your self-development during the last five years/three years will meet the criteria for recertification.  Should 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.

Join your fellow IEEE WCPs who have already recertified and continue to maintain this valuable credential. Learn more about recertification now.

Recertification Tips … Do You Know? Presenting your professional work, for three years, in one of the wireless communications domains gives you 30 PDUs.

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

Experts Disagree on Top Applications for 5G
“Carriers argue that 5G will enable intelligent vehicles and the Internet of Things, but not everyone is convinced.” [IEEE Spectrum]

The State of Wireless 2018
Report from CTIA that “Highlights Beginning of Evolution to Next-Generation 5G Networks as well as Record-Setting Mobile Data Traffic in the U.S. Last Year.” [CTIA]

Several 5G firsts supported by 3.5 GHz band
“Telstra, Elisa, Ooredoo among operators using 3.5 GHz for 5G While in the U.S. the 3.5 GHz band is set.” [RCRWireless]

Wi-Fi Alliance starts certification for WPA3 security protocol
“The WPA3 security protocol has arrived, with the Wi-Fi Alliance announcing that the next generation in Wi-Fi security will support two distinct modes of operation: WPA3-Personal and WPA3-Enterprise.” [FierceWireless]

Global Beacon Market Expected to Reach $14.8 Billion by 2024
Discusses recent report from Allied Market Research on “Beacon Market by Type, Technology and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018-2024.” [PRNewswire]

IoT, 802.11ax and startups to power WLAN in next 5 years
“IoT boosts WLAN market for enterprise-class outdoor products. The wireless local area network (WLAN) is far from dead.” [RCRWireless]

5G Beam-Steering Antennas: More Accurate, Less Power Hungry
“Taking a new approach to phase shifting antennas increases network range, data rate, and capacity” [IEEE Spectrum]

Industry Voices—Madden: China’s 5G ramp-up will start soon, and it will be huge
“The 5G ramp-up in China is expected soon, and it will be bigger than anyone expected.” [FierceWireless]

Global Carriers Commit to Implement IoT Security Standards
“GSMA officials said its IoT Security Guidelines outline best practices for the end-to-end security of IoT solution design, development and deployment.” [WirelessWeek]

Disruption Tolerant Networking to Demonstrate Internet in Space
“The interplanetary Internet may soon become a reality. NASA is about to demonstrate Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking, or DTN -- a technology that sends information through space and ground networks to its destination.” [Science Daily]

Security Gaps Identified In LTE Mobile Telephony Standard
“By abusing security weaknesses in the LTE mobile telephony standard, attackers are able to identify which web pages a user visits and to reroute him to a scam website.” [Electronic Component News]

Moving towards intelligent network security with software defined networking
“Software defined networking (SDN) is by far one of the greatest inventions which has transformed network architecture to solve many challenges associated with digital transformation. A software-defined network can be easier to upgrade and it is also possible to apply patches to a network as any security risk arises.” [TelecomsTechNews]

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