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A simple guide to a VLSI engineer career

Being in the semiconductor world for decades, I decided to try out Quora. Based on a few months of Quora answers, I can say this. The main questions people ask are related to career. About choosing a direction in education. But also about the prospects in a certain career and if and when to change a career. Some information based on a few of my answers in this guide. Enjoy! (or not)

Career prospects

Starting a career or trying to choose your education path, people often wonder about the best choice. Everybody wants to become the next manager, chief this, senior that and blablabla team lead, right?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to Which has better career growth, back end vs front end VLSI?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to What are the career paths in FPGA?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to How can I make a good career in VLSI?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to Is advanced digital system is important for VLSI design students to get job?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to Is VLSI industry at a dead end? Can there be more technology nodes possible in the future?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to What are the challenges that a fresher will have to face after getting into the VLSI industry?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to Is there a better future and salary for VLSI engineer ever, as compared to other fields like IT and management?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to Is it not easy to get a job in the US now for VLSI design?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to Which is best career option among embedded systems, process automation, the IoT, and VLSI? Which one should I choose?

VLSI job interviews

OK, you have majored in something and you want to apply for a job. Next stop, interviews.

Kyle Cooper’s answer to What kind of interview questions will they ask to a FPGA engineer?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to What are common interview topics for a hardware high-speed systems engineer position (ex: OpAmp, filters, board design, transmission effects)?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to What are your best ASIC Verification interview questions?

Career changes

When to change direction or career when you feel stuck or unhappy?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to How can a person with degree in electronics and experience with VHDL and FPGAs development become “mixed signal” design engineer?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to I am an FPGA engineer prototyping ASIC designs. I feel this is a dead end job. I can write a good RTL and I have experience using Design Compiler, etc., but I am finding it incredibly hard to move to ASIC design positions. What are some suggestions?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to Is VLSI/SoC design or architecture better than verification?

Kyle Cooper’s answer to As a new grad without any industry experience, is a career in digital ASIC design better than ASIC verification? What are the pros and cons of both fields?

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