ucsd western regional leadership conference 2010

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Careers and options to an audience of university student engineering organization leaders.

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National Association of Engineering Student Councils (NAESC) Western Regional Conference : 

National Association of Engineering Student Councils (NAESC) Western Regional Conference Leadership and Your Career Sam Knight, UCSD Class of 1973 Applied Physics and Information Science VP Customer Fulfillment, TechnoCom Corporation [email protected] 1 Copyright Sam Knight 2010

Agenda : 

Agenda My background, my perspective Leadership roles in industry Career Paths 2 Copyright Sam Knight 2010

My Background, My Perspective : 

My Background, My Perspective Industry, not academia Degree in APIS(?) and Psychology Applied Physics and Information Science Computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering Engineer to Management to Business Hardware and software designer – microprocessors Software engineering – computer aided design Systems engineering – computer graphics Technical business development – wireless Domestic and international 3 Copyright Sam Knight 2010

Two Ways to Explain Anything : 

Two Ways to Explain Anything 2 x 2 Grid A vs. B and C vs. D Doesn’t tell you the right answer Highlights choices Pendulums All things change Changes often cycle and repeat The only time the pendulum stops is when the clock is broken Animation by [email protected] 4 Copyright Sam Knight 2010

Leadership Roles in Industry : 

Leadership Roles in Industry 5 Copyright Sam Knight 2010

The Variety of Manager Roles : 

The Variety of Manager Roles 6 Copyright Sam Knight 2010

Career Paths : 

Career Paths Management Staff Business Technical 7 Copyright Sam Knight 2010 Senior scientist / Principal architect CTO / VP Engineering CEO Sales Engineer CMO Career Change

Career as an Omnivore : 

Career as an Omnivore Omnivore: “eat anything” Omnivorous career: learn lots and pick what you love The Omnivore’s Dilemma: How do you eat something new and know if it’s going to kill you? The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, author Michael Pollan Choices, choices, choices Engineering/social/artistic Development/sales High/low/no tech Service/product Micro/macro Consumer/industrial, Business/academic Domestic/international 8 Copyright Sam Knight 2010

Pace of Change – Get Used to It : 

Pace of Change – Get Used to It 9 Copyright Sam Knight 2010 Different pursuits experience different pace of change Change occurs within your career path Change can occur TO your career path

Summary: Career Paths : 

Summary: Career Paths Management Staff Business Technical 10 Copyright Sam Knight 2010 Other quadrant options Corporate / Entrepreneur Public Facing / Inside the Org Development / Support Marketing / Sales Technology / Social Manage People / Manage Projects Manic Change / Modest Change Other Z-axis options Arts Social work Politics / government Parenthood

Conclusions : 

Conclusions Embrace change If you aren’t failing, you aren’t taking enough risks Lead, follow, or get out of the way “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra 11 Copyright Sam Knight 2010

Thank youany questions? : 

Thank youany questions? 12 Copyright Sam Knight 2010 Sam Knight, [email protected]

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