Career Development

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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.”

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The idea of teamwork and the ability to work collaboratively with others is taught from a young age, whether on a ball field or in the classroom. Even as we get older and learn to hone new skills to excel in a profession, those same simple teamwork skills still apply.

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It's no secret that most engineers and technology experts are experienced in technical and analytical skills. We are all about going to classes or conferences where we can dive deep into learning specialized skills to better perform tasks in our respective fields.

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Are you being overlooked for a leadership role? For many engineers, there is this awkward time in their career where they are starting to look at leadership roles, but their boss and others around them still only rely on them for their technical expertise. Though you may have a lot more value to offer your company in both your current engineering position and a future management one, no one may be noticing the potential but you. So, how can you stand out? Here a few tips on how to show leadership qualities in your current job.