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Living in a 5G World: The Future of Wireless Technology

Posted on July 19, 2018 by Jack Trompert

The fifth generation wireless network (5G) made its international debut at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang with driverless shuttle buses, 360-degree video footage, and SmartSuits that send vibrating signals to wearable devices.

But the future of wireless technology isn’t reserved just for world-class events. It’s finding use cases around the globeeven in remote villages. While South Korea witnessed 5G capabilities at the Olympic Games, they have also seen it used to ward off pests that roam the mountainous regions. With systems that shoot rays, spew gases, and emit tiger roars, farmers benefit from smart 5G gear that repels wild boars in the villages. The coming innovation is both humbling and grand. Tested at 20 times faster than 4G, 5G capabilities inspired new use cases amid the era of machines.

With all the hype, what exactly is 5G? How will it impact future technology? And what are the implications in the industry? Let’s take a look at where 5G will take us and how industry leaders are exploring it in real-time.

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How can organizations stay competitive in today's semiconductor industry?

Posted on July 10, 2018 by Jack Trompert

We’ve discussed how engineers stay relevant in the industry, but what about companies? How do organizations stay competitive in today’s semiconductor industry? Managing the talent market, nurturing leadership, and refining execution is always an evolving practice. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, it’s a good idea to establish best practices with room to deviate and mature.

Let’s explore three ways for leaders and managers to stay ahead of the competition in today’s semiconductor industry.

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Q2 2018: Semiconductor Industry News to Know

Posted on June 19, 2018 by Jack Trompert

In this edition of semiconductor news to know, summer is now in full swing with stronger semiconductor sales and expected growth gains throughout the year. In the semiconductor space, the global market has experienced year-to-year growth of greater than 20 percent for 13 consecutive months as announced by John Neuffer, president and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

The wave of new regulations and policy proposals forecasts a stronger focus towards lucrative industry initiatives and better internal organizational practices. We expect continued development in global collaboration to benefit industry security customs, uphold ethical standards, and better workforce development. Further dialogue in organization behavior and goals marks a signal towards responsible action and a commitment to doing good in the world.

There’s a lot to glean from this quarter's industry news. Read on to explore the latest semiconductor news and technology trends in the second quarter of 2018.

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How can engineers stay relevant in today's semiconductor industry?

Posted on June 5, 2018 by Jack Trompert

Engineers, developers, and designers must keep up with technology for the same reason any professional keeps up with technology—to stay relevant in the job market. But with the fast-paced world of advancements and competitive labor markets, it can certainly be a challenge to keep up.

In this article, let's explore three simple ways for engineers to take advantage of growth opportunities and sharpen their skills in the world of work.

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Closing the Skills Gap as a Hiring Manager in 2018

Posted on May 25, 2018 by Jack Trompert

If you found yourself on the job hunt, would your qualifications today hold up for a new job tomorrow? With the lightning pace of technology breakthroughs that inhibit our role in the office and the changing faces of the workforce DNA, many worry about the impending “skills gap.”

As the advent of AI, machine learning, and automation pushes the baseline standard for qualified candidates, companies are transforming their own talent and technical capabilities. After assessing the fastest growing, in-demand gigs in the semiconductor space, the implications for future positions call for skilled workers in sectors like cybersecurity, healthcare, and finance. As jobs become harder to fill, the strain of the skills gap is felt across multiple industries.

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How to optimize your hiring process in 2018

Posted on May 8, 2018 by Jack Trompert

Another year, another set of hiring changes abound. Despite headwinds in 2017, the outlook for employment looks bright with a projected increase of 11.5 million new jobs in the next few years. While we expect a stunning hiring boom, changes and challenges still cut deep across industries.

According to DHI hiring indicators in the technology sectors, labor markets are tight for employers, but not for job seekers. In technology, engineering, and software sectors, most vacancy postings for skill-intensive jobs attract few applicants, while many job seekers apply for the popular, desired positions. The numbers are out there, but the hiring process is too fraught with extensive assessments, generalized job postings, consensus-driven decision making, and the chase for the “perfect” candidate. Among other elements, the hiring holdup continues to affect the bottom line for many companies and keeps operations from performing at full speed.

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Hiring Tech Trends and Disruptions to Expect in 2018

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Jack Trompert

Amid the hiring trends and disruptions coming in 2018, hiring managers may have more on their plate than they think. Today’s labor market is changing rapidly; it’s becoming more flexible, transparent, and skills-oriented. With tech advancements impacting the future of work, job markets transform the job profiles and descriptions themselves. Coupled with scarce highly-skilled candidates, shorthanded teams, and a competitive landscape, the hiring process becomes a tricky space for hiring managers. As the average lead time to hire an engineer ranges between 28 and 100 days, there’s no formula to determine how fast or slow it takes to fill an open position.

With hiring changes ahead, there’s much to unfold in 2018. Let’s look at tech hiring trends and disruptions to expect this year and what it means for hiring managers in tech.

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Top 10 Fastest Growing Engineering and Tech Jobs of the Future

Posted on April 10, 2018 by Jack Trompert

Ever wondered which engineering or tech jobs are in-demand this year? Thanks to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and US News, we have an idea of the hottest gigs emerging in 2018.

Last year, we laid out the 10 most in-demand jobs and skills in engineering in 2017. With 2017’s four percent employment increase in the semiconductor field, we head into 2018 with a projected growth of seven percent overall employment increase. According to the BLS, employment is projected to increase by 11.5 million over the 2016 to 2026 decade.

Keeping up with our latest research and findings, we gathered information from reports and handbooks to give you an idea of the best in-demand engineering & tech jobs. To determine this list, experts selected jobs with the largest projected numbers of openings from 2016 to 2026 as determined by the BLS. High median salary, low employment rates, significant growth scores, and higher job prospects ratings are also considered.

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Q1 2018: Semiconductor Industry News to Know

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Jack Trompert

The final quarter of 2017 left us with record-breaking performance across the industry. Awestruck by exceptional results in the semiconductor industry, many awaited the promise of steady growth in 2018.  

As the new year rolls out, the sequel is just as remarkable. Surging growth continues with the advent of breakthrough technologies and commitment to innovation. With chief leaders and major tech players in the mix, we expect to see an involved approach to nurture the U.S. as a power player in the chipmaking industry. While some semiconductor leaders question means of sustainable growth, 2018 rockets ahead with continued growth and innovation.

Read on to explore the latest semiconductor news and technology trends in the first quarter of 2018.

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International Women’s Day 2018: Celebrating 7 Inspiring Women in STEM

Posted on March 8, 2018 by Jack Trompert

On March 8th, communities worldwide will celebrate International Women’s Day. Every year, the day of recognition celebrates the extraordinary achievements of women and brings organizations together to continue the movement for change and empowerment. The theme of 2018 is #PressForProgress, a call to advocacy, activism, and support for gender parity.

Throughout history, women have been making their mark in STEM-related fields. Iconic female pioneers such as Marie Curie, Jane Goodall, Grace Hopper, and Mae C. Jemison paved paths for future female scientists and changed the world in the name of science. Fast forward to the 21st century: even more girls and women are breaking the ceiling in the fields of math and science, and we can support their crusade for equal and diverse representation.  

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