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Advice to young engineers

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Venetsanopoulos, A. ; Fac. of Appl. Sci. & Eng., Toronto Univ., Ont., Canada

Engineering and engineering education have evolved dramatically in the past century and the future is likely to bring even more rapid change. Engineering breadth, ingenuity, and flexibility have needed to adapt to shifting technological, societal, political, economic, and environmental conditions. Technology has spelled an end to some types of employment while creating others. Globalization and modern communications have radically altered the ways business and human affairs are transacted, creating new alliances, alignments, and markets. In this paper the author suggested six suggestions for young engineering to take consider. The following are the suggestions: make short-term concessions to achieve long-term objectives; cultivate ones "soft" skills; think like an entrepreneur; think globally and not locally; do some extensive planning; and consider that life is in the journey not the destination.

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Signal Processing Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 4 )