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By Gerhard Klimeck
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@ 02:33 PM on 28 Jan, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The first thing I learned from the seminar is about the description about different work pattern/styles in research lab, academia and industry. This is super interesting and useful to me since I am close to graduate and it is about time for me to think about where to go. Personally, after I viewed the lecture, I feel I like the research lab in industry more because I got the information that people can spend 90% of their time doing research. I will want to focus on something rather than dealing with people or fundings or some other weird things, while I do not care too much that I have to do something correlated with the industry problem. The second very useful point I learned from the lecture is about the presentation/resume/communication skills. After being a graduate student, I feel myself more and more difficult to be understood, which is common for a graduate student, I think or I hope. I used to blame audience for they can not understand me. Sometimes, I really hope they can be a little bit more patient. But the reality is that no one will be patient and it is MY responsibility to catch their interest. The structure that 1/3 time to engage the audience, 1/3 time to show beautiful solution, 1/6 time to technical details and 1/6 time to show the future vision is very impressive design. Moreover, the idea of “the 60 seconds rule to talk” reminds me to prepare a “60 seconds talk” for each of my previous research projects. And again, “the message from clothing” is another reminder that I need to find where my suit is before I leave the conference in early February.
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@ 04:33 PM on 15 Jan, 2013
I found this to be a very helpful outline of the career possibilities for a new graduate; it is bound to help during the “job search” phase of the degree. Additionally, the suggested outline of presentations to a broad audience is also very helpful, though I presume some modifications are appropriate if one knows the audience is more technical than less (i.e. as in a technical conference). Though I started to lose it a little on the tunneling diagrams, I found myself more readily able to appreciate the technical content regarding dealing with matrices of large systems.
Andrew C Marcum
@ 05:19 PM on 13 Jan, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed the recipe proposed for creating good presentations. As a grad student who also currently works in industry, I found the high level description of industry provided fairly accurate (especially the 80-20 principle). It was really nice to see some comparison of industry to academia and government funded research; this will help me decide what I want to do long term. I didn’t find the example technical slides too helpful. I know so little about the content that even with the engaging presentation style, I found it hard to follow. Overall, I found the seminar very helpful.
@ 01:29 AM on 31 Aug, 2012
At the very beginning, your speech revealed a lot for me the difference among industry, government laboratory and Academia as well as the difference among bachelor, master and PhD students from your wise perspective. This part would help me pretty much on understanding myself, understanding what I would love to choose as my career. Furthermore, the key point you conveyed later, the missing item repeatedly occurring in your previous slides which also questioned me, is communication skills. Yes, communication skills, a sort of basic and apparently irrelevant thing, however makes a difference and defines one’s success in some degrees. In the past, I was always focusing on the technical level. I remember in the opening report of my undergraduate thesis I was told by my advisor that my presentation didn’t describe well what I was working on and it confused those whose major was not the same as mine. Too many jargon and not enough background in my presentation. Nevertheless, your speech really shows me a few helpful tips on keeping attention and having impacts. I think I would review this lecture when I prepare a presentation in the future.
Brandon Blaine Gardner
@ 04:36 PM on 22 Aug, 2012
As a beginning masters student, I found a lot of items helpful in this presentation: I really appreciated the in-depth comparison of the different job types. I also liked seeing the difference between research vs teaching institutions. In school you always hear that communication is the most important skill, but there is little follow-up or action associated with that statement. I enjoyed seeing a different view of how a technical presentation should be laid out. I felt that the example presentation could have been better selected (easier for ECE bachelors to understand) and that each part could have been identified. For example, “This was my transition from relevance to solution.” I also enjoyed the part on having impact, but I wanted more advice on how to be impactful. Finally, I liked that you suggested ‘sitting on presentations’ to pull out at a moments notice. This really hits home for me, as I have had many troubles in the past piking up where others have left off due to their lack of documentation. Presentations are a great way to provide this in an easy-to-understand way. I also liked the question/response regarding what to do if you find you are unprepared for a presentation; this might be a good item to include in future presentations.
@ 04:26 PM on 05 Jan, 2011
@ 10:15 AM on 06 May, 2010
a very important aspect of career that gets neglected in the pressure of publications/results. a concise summary of what essentially MBAs learn in 2 years. hope it becomes a must watch for every NCN student.
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