Career Development

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A large reading load is something that can be expected from any graduate program - but in the Masters of Engineering with a concentration in Information Engineering Management (IEM) at UAB, we make sure that the required reading you're completing in your coursework contains lessons that are applicable as you move from an engineer to a manager.

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I attend a lot of conferences each year to promote the UAB School of Engineering, and in particular, the Information Engineering Management concentration of the Master of Engineering degree.

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There is always a lot of talk about the national economy and worries about whether it is up or down. While the national economy may affect you, it is your own personal economy that has a far greater impact on your life. Yet, many people don't know what personal economy means or how to calculate their own personal economy.

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Employee tuition assistance can make it easier for you to go back to school to earn your master's degree. Many employers value the skills and training that a master's degree can offer and will pay for some or all of an employee's tuition. Be sure to check out our article about three options for tuition reimbursement that your employer may offer.

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The specialized training you receive through a graduate program will not only prepare you for future employment or career opportunities, but will also set you on a path for personal growth.

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Choosing a master’s degree is a big decision to make and it can be difficult to understand the pros and cons of each option you may have. Engineers and technical professionals interested in making a move from engineering to manager may consider a general Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree or more specialized degree like a Master of Engineering degree.

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If you've spent time in the professional world you've most likely heard the old adage, "It is not what you know, but who you know." While that saying is true, in the Masters of Engineering degree with a concentration in Information Engineering Management we teach that what is actually important is who knows you and the value you can offer. The most important part of building your personal or professional network is marketing yourself and the value you can bring to the organization.

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A major component of a graduate education is the final project. When it came to developing the final project for the Masters of Engineering degree with a concentration in Information Engineering Management we asked ourselves - what exactly should your graduate capstone project really look like?

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As you consider graduate programs, it often helps to approach the process similarly to how you would consider a job you're interviewing for.

It’s important to know an employer is looking for someone that can do technical skills, work well in a team and help the company fulfill its mission. But more importantly, is that job the best fit for you? Will the job be the best use of your personal skills? Will it challenge you and allow you to move ahead in your career?

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On more than one occasion I have heard a CIO or CTO say “I have a team of technical experts, but very few of them I can take to meet an officer or a customer.” Our technical language is absolutely critical. In my world as an engineer, we used terms like SS7 and TCP-IP daily as we communicated with each other. This mix of technical speak and acronyms helped us communicate complex ideas between each other quickly, but it was difficult for anyone else outside our technical positions to understand what we were talking about. I had to learn how to speak two “languages.”