Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Blog

Networking for Engineers: Building Bridges

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Oldest First | Newest First | Threaded View
Caleb Kraft
User Rank
Author
spot on
Caleb Kraft   3/13/2014 10:58:53 AM
NO RATINGS
Absolutely true. Sometiems my antisocial side gets the better of me and I don't shake as many hands as I should, but that networking can be so extremely important.

betajet
User Rank
Author
I'm terrible at networking with humans
betajet   3/13/2014 1:18:42 PM
NO RATINGS
I think a big reason I ended up in computer engineering is that I grew up in a neighborhood with no other children (other than my older sister) so I quickly learned to be comfortable spending lots of time by myself concentrating on problem solving.  If I'd grown up differently, perhaps I could do "hello fellow well met" and rise to royalty instead of spending time learning how to do cool magic like Merlin.

I think there are many engineers who are like me.  Otherwise ThinkGeek.com wouldn't sell this cool T-shirt which says:

You read my t-shirt.

That's enough social interaction for one day.


JeremySCook
User Rank
Author
Re: I'm terrible at networking with humans
JeremySCook   3/13/2014 7:07:49 PM
NO RATINGS
Yeah, that's probably true for a lot of kids.  Being comfortable meeting people is definitely something I had to develop later - I was very quiet in high school, but in college and beyond I was really able to overcome some of my awkwardness...  Or at least be comfortable enough with it not to really care!

JeremySCook
User Rank
Author
Re: spot on
JeremySCook   3/13/2014 7:08:57 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for the comment.  I really enjoyed writing this pair of articles, and I'm glad to end with the "good side!"

perl_geek
User Rank
Author
Consequences
perl_geek   3/14/2014 2:53:58 PM
NO RATINGS
I can't shake a lingering fear that the more I network, the more people become convinced that I'm the village idiot.

Susan Rambo
User Rank
Author
Re: Consequences
Susan Rambo   3/14/2014 5:12:51 PM
NO RATINGS
Oh no! LOL. Just remember sometimes the smartest seeming guys in the room are actually the dumbest.

DrQuine
User Rank
Author
Networking and Jobs
DrQuine   3/14/2014 5:40:39 PM
NO RATINGS
I find that 7 of my 9 "careers" were jobs that I gained by "networking" although I wasn't conscious of that fact at the time. In retrospect, it makes sense that people who know me well professionally would be people who might recognize a promising position elsewhere when (or before) I was looking. Expanding horizons by meeting people in a variety of disciplines also helps to build resources for problem solving in the future. Ideally, these interactions will be interesting discussions and learning experiences rather than speed networking marathons in which there is no meaningful information exchange.

More Blogs
Teams 'shift left' to tackle challenges earlier in the design flow, says CTO of Real Intent, an EDA software design tools company.
Power may be the key to success in smart glasses market. TechInsights analyzes the situation.
Robert Witte's book "Spectrum and Network Measurements" provides us with a second round of quiz questions.
With its Galaxy S6 announcement at MWC, Samsung and smartphones in general look to be in trouble and thatís bad news for the electronics industry.
Using FPRF devices, manufacturers can add a cost-effective enhancement to their equipment that will differentiate them from their competitors and improve medical care.
Most Recent Comments
bnowak0
 
msporer
 
Gopal Miglani
 
cozytom
 
Gil Russell
 
vandamme0
 
jonpeddie
 
Jack.L
 
Jack.L
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed
Top Comments of the Week