Dusty R. Walker, Jr. is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. After working ten years at a major aerospace company, he made a career change and began working as a contractor/consultant engineer. During this transition he made two observations: 1) there are not many minorities, especially African-American males, in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields; and 2) a technical degree alone does not guarantee success in Corporate America. He felt compelled to write a book addressing these issues, Don’t Let Engineering Ruin Your Life.
Young African-American men need to be aware of the people skills, or “soft skills,” needed to survive and thrive in the technical workplace. More often than not, they are one of a few minorities in a workgroup; in many instances, the only one. Not having a mentor that can relate to differing cultures and backgrounds often leads to unnecessary frustration and conflict in the workplace.
The writer draws upon personal experiences to convey to the audience lessons necessary for success in potentially hostile environments. The work details preparing for the transition from high school to college, and college to Industry. The author imparts advice about “things they don’t tell you in school,” but every young man should know. In a reflective and somewhat humorous fashion, the reader learns of potential pitfalls and traps that can derail, and sometimes wreck, a career in Technology. From innocent blunders to social snafus, admonitions are given on dealing with situations ranging from irrational supervisors, to cutthroat coworkers, and all points in between. There is also discussion on financial literacy, maintaining relationships, and personal well-being.
This book is written as a guide for the increased recruitment and retention of young men of color in the STEM professions. It shall be ready for purchase in April, 2016. For inquiries, please contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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