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Tech Pros Look No Further: New Book Holds Key To 21st Century Career Success

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2013 – It’s not your father’s tech workplace anymore.  Engineers who are just beginning their careers and other technical professionals will need a new career roadmap to take on the latest challenges faced by business organizations in the 21st century, according to a new book from ASME Press, an imprint of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Thriving in the 21st Century Economy: Transformational Skills for Technical Professionals is written for early-career engineers, to bridge the gap between engineering education and the workforce through sound advice about career management.  The book is also a useful tool for technical professionals who have been transitioned out of jobs and could use guidance on ways to adapt to the changing employment landscape in the technology marketplace.

This new book examines the changing business models in corporations and their impact on the training and career development of workers.  To survive, technical professionals, particularly engineers in the early stages of careers, must adopt new skills and competencies to contribute value and solutions to employers and industries.  These new skill sets, according to the book, incorporate the ability to integrate knowledge from units across an organization.

Written by two STEM experts, the book discusses the need for technical professionals to identify, create, validate, and implement new solutions to sustain and grow business organizations.  “New solutions become a constant search for core capabilities,” say the authors, K. Subbu Subramanian and U. Srinivasa Rangan.  “With these essential skills, an employee can have a greater impact on his or her company as well as the industry.”  

Drawn from a survey conducted by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Thriving in the 21st Century talks about skills transformation in the context of the binary economy defined by the de-localization of jobs, advanced digital applications, and other new trends.  To survive in this new economy, technical professionals must be systems thinkers, “which foster science-based solutions with step-change or quantum improvements in outputs as the goal.”

Thriving in the 21st Century Economy: Transformational Skills for Technical Professionals covers such topics as core technology platforms, knowledge integration, and end-to-end innovation in eight chapters.

To order Thriving in the 21st Century Economy: Transformational Skills for Technical Professionals, call ASME Customer Care, (800) 843-2763.

About ASME
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.