The ComSoc Young Professionals group provides a “technical haven” within the IEEE community for the graduating ComSoc student transitioning into the larger ComSoc community and the budding communication professional in his or her early to mid-career seeking avenues for technical and professional development. This is an international community of scientists, engineers, and other professionals from various sectors of the communications field such as academia, industry, governmental agencies, and the startup community. These groups of vibrant young minds who are gearing up to shape and lead the IEEE organization in future years actively contribute as members to both ComSoc and the IEEE Young Professionals group.
For those not familiar with the IEEE Young Professionals group, it was formerly known as the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD), but the group went through a name change in 2014 to expand the targeted demographics. The group’s charter is to foster the professional development of its members and enable them to build global professional networks. It comprises members and volunteers within IEEE who are at most 15 years out from their first technical/ professional degree, which could be a bachelors or an associate degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field. It is also possible for others who do not meet the criteria to “opt-in” to IEEE Young Professionals membership. The IEEE Young Professionals group has more than 120,000 members, with member representation from all over the world. Currently, within ComSoc, about 6,000 individuals are automatically members of the ComSoc Young Professionals group.