Welcome to the IEEE Orlando Section Professional Activities Portal, the main website for the IEEE-Orlando Professional Activities Committee for Engineers. We hope you find this site a useful resource in your journey to a rewarding and successful career in the Orlando Section and abroad. If you are a student or recent graduate your best place to start is by browsing though these pages in chronological order. Each page offers advice and web resources related to the subject. If you are experienced or know your way around feel free to browse directly to your topics of interest. If you have any questions, or suggestions, please email the chair at email@example.com.
“Know Thy Self”
Whether you are a student, recent graduate, or a seasoned engineer, you must be able to assess, communicate and market yourself professionally. Many of us need improvement in these so-called “soft-skills” and although the concepts are simple, the art of self assessment can be both extremely difficult and yet integral to your professional development.
There is a lot of information regarding out-sourcing and off-shoring these days. While there are pros and cons, the one thing you can be certain of is that your competition is growing globally. Fear not, for well positioned professional engineers can protect themselves simply by expecting the worst and making preparations for it. The most important facet of being prepared is staying marketable under all circumstances, and being aware of your financial situation. For students, the lessons learned in Career Planning 101 or by working with Career Counselors is priceless.
“Get and Stay Connected ”
The greatest resource you have just might be the online and professional resources of the IEEE. You are a member of the largest technical and professional organization in the world! This means that you are a small blip on the global IEEE network, through Regions, Sections, and Online Communities. You local and online peers offer guidance and advice, not to mention referrals and professional connections that can only be made through your involvement and interaction with other professionals. These are priceless when your luck sours or you are looking for answers to hard to make decisions and questions. The majority of our membership have been working professionals for 10+ years, let them mentor you, officially or otherwise. You shouldn’t be surprised that these interactions often are mutually beneficial for mentors in the form or reverse mentoring! Sometimes it also pays to stay in touch with Recruiters, but always be cautious of who you are dealing with and the terms involved (pay no fees and don’t believe everything you hear).
The IEEE Orlando Section offers many rewarding volunteer opportunities as part of a dynamic network of engineering professionals; you can work as team in any number of areas, such as Professional Development (PACE), Affinity Groups like GOLD & WIE, Section Operations, Chapter Operations (Power Engineering Society, Communications Society, Computer Society, etc.), web-development (various), publications (IEEE Orlando Section Monthly, IEEE Spectrum), recruitment, Student Activities, and University & Industry Relations. If you are interested contact any of the respective ORLANDO SECTION Executive Committee officers, we will forward your information to the proper channels. Please provide a Resume and a brief Bio.
The IEEE Orlando Section is currently seeking partnerships with local institutions, organizations, corporations, and individuals. The IEEE offers many valuable services for professional development and technical activities, as well as being a world leader in technical standards development. We ask those interested to contact the Section Chairman, and to include specific terms and areas of collaborative interest.
The Professional Activities Committee for Engineers (P.A.C.E.) is a grassroots network of IEEE volunteers and committees organized at the section and chapter level in the US with support from their respective regions and the IEEE-USA. The PACE Network promotes the professional interests of IEEE's U.S. members and provides a mechanism for communication of members' views on their professional needs. Each section PACE Chair is responsible for the following  Activities:
1. IEEE Orlando Section Spring Conference, March 28, 2020. We will have a PACE Speaker to address careers in ECE for all IEEE members and IEEE Student Members. Please plan to attend.