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James Niemann

Innovation Pays It Forward

James Niemann
Netcrawl
Netcrawl
3/17/2013 6:24:45 AM
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Re: Shifting in search of job of interest
@SunitaT, I agree with you! They hate the job because its not their field of interest, simpy put they want something great but they got a different. This is a seriosu matter for companies, manpower is a precious ingredient of today's business- we need to ge or hire the right man for the right job.

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torfa
torfa
3/17/2013 12:27:15 AM
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Job Longevity
Many times, in the past 15-25 years, engineers who have the good intentions of staying with the same employer are laid off. So where is the loyalty on the part of the company. I understand the bottom line drives these decisions. And after the recession we have just been thru, and stil in for a lot of people, it behooves us to increase our skill set for sale, by working in as many different places and industries as possible. Being the generalist specialist has helped me get new jobs as a contractor, or consultant.

My first "career" emplyer was Westinghouse Electric. I managed to get in 22 years before lay off and reorg of the company. I thought it would be forever. Few engineers can get more than 5-6 years with the same company now a days.

best is to learn as much as you can about as many different things as possible. Jack of all trades and master of a few, wil sustain you for a long time.

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SunitaT0
SunitaT0
2/27/2013 7:06:42 AM
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Shifting in search of job of interest
Many of  the candidates do the work they hate or are not in the field where they want to go in their careers. In such case its better to shift the job in search of our area of interest.

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goafrit2
goafrit2
2/12/2013 8:00:27 PM
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Re: A lot to be said for longevity!
>> Instead of jumping ship, I stayed at Keithley and learned about one business

It is also important to ask if the company has returned the favor by rewarding you for the steadfastness. You went with them; they must return the favor.

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goafrit2
goafrit2
2/12/2013 7:58:46 PM
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Re: A lot to be said for longevity!
>> That's likely still the case today--though i suspect there is a lot less loyalty on the employer side now.

The day Reid invented LinkedIn was the day loyalty ended. If a company can fire, why not be pro-active and advertise yourself? The tenured tradition is broken. For those that stay more than 10 years in company, I commend them. Unless I get to do new tasks in new depts, it may be hard for me.

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karenfield
karenfield
2/12/2013 7:48:00 PM
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A lot to be said for longevity!
Congratulations to you on your long tenure at Keithley. You're lucky and your employer is lucky that you've both had a good long run. When I started out at Texas Instruments, a bit longer ago than I care to admit, there were either tons of blue employee badges (which meant less than five yrs experience) and lots of gold badges (over 25 years)--the problem was that the company had trouble retaining engineers after the first five years. So training costs were exhorbitant to bring in new people only to see them leave before getting much return on that investment. That's likely still the case today--though i suspect there is a lot less loyalty on the employer side now. 

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