Vinton G. Cerf, recipient of the 2023 IEEE Medal of Honor and the 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award, offers advice to engineers starting their careers.
- "If you really want to do something big, get help, and preferably from people who are smarter than you are."
- "Be humble, because unless you approach things with the understanding that you really don't know exactly how to make it all work, you may overlook possibilities."
- "Listen to other people. I tell my engineers that if they know I'm about to do something stupid, they have to tell me. When you're in a position of responsibility and authority, people may assume you've already figured out where the hazards are, but you may not have."
- "Try hard to stay on good terms with everybody. Civility is an important property, and burning bridges is generally a bad idea; you never know who you're going to work with again, who you might work for, or who might work for you."
From IEEE Spectrum
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