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The changing working environment for the young power engineer professional. Manos Obessis March 23, 2012. Introductions. Who is the Presenter Power Systems engineer 15 years working experience in technical and management roles Holds degrees in engineering and economics What is PowerGEM

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The changing working environment for the young power engineer professional

The changing working environment for the young power engineer professional

Manos Obessis

March 23, 2012


Introductions

Introductions

  • Who is the Presenter

    • Power Systems engineer

    • 15 years working experience in technical and management roles

    • Holds degrees in engineering and economics

  • What is PowerGEM

    • Consulting and software development company

    • Located in New York

    • Offers products and services in most regions

  • What is the purpose of this presentation

    • Review options

    • Understand decisions and factors involved


Options following graduation

Options following graduation

  • Further studies

    • Post-graduate studies in same or different field

    • Pursue extra degree in different field

    • Other professional study work

  • Professional engineering career

    • Utility industry

    • Public sector (regulatory bodies, institutes, etc)

    • Private sector (developers, non-engineering firms, think tanks, financial analysts, etc)

  • Research

    • Academic institutions

    • Other research institutes


Further studies

Further studies

  • Why further studies

    • Pursue standard requirement (university career)

    • Specialization

    • Diversify knowledge

  • Why not further studies

    • Commence professional career

    • Financial obligations and reasons

    • Career path readily available

    • Specialized knowledge not desirable, or study programs available through employment

  • “What would you do?”

    • Post graduate degree in separate field


Beginning on a new engineering career

Beginning on a new engineering career…

  • A decision not to be made in vacuum…

    • Repercussions will follow for a long time

    • Social obligations will emerge

    • Industry / educational conditions will change

  • Consider social / political / economic factors

    • Where do I want to work?

    • Where do I want to live? Where to raise a family?

    • How politics / policies may impact my area in the long term?

    • What are social trends that may influence my industry?


Beginning on a new engineering career1

Beginning on a new engineering career…

  • Consider personal factors

    • Where do I see myself in ten years?

    • Realistic assessment of earning potential options

    • Evaluate personal traits and use them as leverage

  • Consider technical factors

    • Choose area expected to grow

    • Take advantage and focus on recent technological advancements

    • Evaluate personal interests and desired “lifestyle” vis-à-vis technology


Understand current trends

Understand current trends

  • Searching for the perfect job

    • New media and networking options

    • Build credentials to withstand competition

    • Turn technical knowledge to your advantage… but not too much

  • In the business environment

    • Employment diversity (so many different people)

    • Work diversity (so many different options…)

    • Scheduling time – virtual availability (so much work to do….)

    • Team work…. Team work… and some more team work

    • Leadership skills, specialization vs. knowledge diversification


The brave new world

The brave new world….

  • In the business environment

    • Continuous availability

    • Virtual world (work from anywhere, connect from anywhere)

    • Training opportunities – continuous education

    • Off site working

    • The new employment perks


The brave new world1

The brave new world….

  • How does it compare to being in school?

    • Can be equally fun… really

    • No professors, but yes, there are bosses that are nuts…

    • Customers are not understanding… and most of the time, they are right

    • Repercussions of failure … makes a difference

    • At the end of the day, somebody still needs to cook dinner…


The new skills

The new skills

  • What do I need, except good grades?

    • Communication skills

    • Teamwork skills

    • Technical diversity

    • Excellence in field

    • Time and people management skills

    • … and above all, a little bit of luck


What i should have learned in school but i never did

What I should have learned in school… but I never did

  • What would I have done differently

    • Take advantage of resources

    • Network better

    • Learn new skills

    • Focus on process rather than results only

    • Take advantage of extra curricular opportunities (incl. study abroad)


What school never taught me

What school never taught me…

  • The first day at work

  • Dealing with the boss

  • Dealing with the customer

  • Dealing with the lazy co-worker

  • Understand politics

  • Need more???


The final word

The final word…

  • There are options available

  • Decide wisely

  • Enjoy life…

  • Remember – K.I.S.S.


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