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08/31/13
Trends in Technical Careers. 9. Photonics, Optoelectronics; Advice to graduates
Filed under: Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 6:33 am

It is encouraging to note ACS is “launching a new journal,
ACS:  Photonics
” in January.  Items on this field pointing
out that chemists play a significant role and can find
many opportunities have been pointed out in this blog.

A recent issue of Photonics Spectra offers some advice
for recent graduates, including:

Pay attention to Linkedin entries
            keywords in job descriptions
            career paths, desired skills of successful professionals
            group membership of successful professionals
            comments, group discussions and entries
            meetings
“go deeper in your profession…”

Technology life cycle [change-out, substitution] is much
shorter, faster, agile.  There are many ways to solve problems.
Monitor the leading edge frequently.  Find the leaders, get
their perspectives.
“Become a trend watcher { “Be where the puck is going to be,
not where it was.”  Gretzky}”

Marketing plays a not insignificant role.  Technical awareness
and all the skills of astute networking communicators are
worth developing.
“Learn the business.  Who are the customers?  Why do they
pay for what they pay?… How can you add more value for your
employer?”

Items that are oft repeated:  over-communicate, optimism,
grit (”when it rains, it rains on both teams.  Figure out how to
play in the rain.”)

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