In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach, I discuss the life cycle of a great engineering manager and how engineering organizations can avoid stunting this cycle. I will provide 5 strategies that organizations can use to ensure they are setting up their engineering professionals to become the best engineering managers they can be.
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In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, I talk with Bill Keen, CRPC who is the founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors – a fiduciary investment firm that focuses on retirement planning and investing for the engineering community nationwide. We will be talking about retirement for engineers and everything around that including a checklist that you can use to prepare yourself for your engineering retirement. Towards the end of the episode, Bill also gives listeners of this episode a free gift, so be sure to listen to the end.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Engineering Retirement:
In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, I am going to give you ten of the scariest things you should do in your engineering career and explain why you should do them. Most successful engineers agree that taking risks and doing things that were uncomfortable in their careers were the things that have helped them most in their careers. I will list 10 possible risks and challenge you to take on one of them, or even one of your own, immediately in your career.
Here are 10 of the Scariest Things You Should Do in Your Engineering Career:
In this episode, I discuss why mentoring matters and how you can find a great engineering mentor in your career. I will be sharing some advice that I received from a great conference I attended in New Jersey, the ASCE Tri-State (NJ-NY-PA) Conference in Atlantic City in late September 2019. At the conference, I attended a panel entitled: “Mentoring Matters: The Role of a Mentor in Helping to Chart Your Career Path”. The panel consisted of experienced engineering professionals who talked about the importance of mentoring and how it helped them in their careers. They provided a lot of great strategies that you can use in selecting, finding and getting the most out of a mentor in your career.
Here Are the Key Points Discussed and the Professionals That Mentioned Then During the Mentoring Matters Panel:
In this episode, I talk with Anne-Marie Walters, a chemical engineer and a global marketing director at Bentley Systems. We talk about her transition from engineering to marketing and how her engineering skills have helped her throughout this transition. Anne-Marie also talks about how having a big-picture outlook in life can provide so much fulfillment in your career. This episode was also published on YouTube which you can view here.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Transitioning from Engineering to Marketing:
In this episode, I am taking you with me on a road trip to the offices of Burns Engineering in downtown Philadelphia where you will listen in on a conversation between myself and Laura Hughes. Laura practiced as an engineer earlier in her career but is now the Director of Business Development at Burns Engineering, Inc. In the interview Laura provides strategies engineers can take to improve their business development skills. One example — she discusses why listening and leaving space in conversations is important instead of insisting on what you think they need. You can also view this episode on YouTube.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Business Development Skills:
In this episode, you will be listening to a conversation between myself and Scott Harvey-Lewis, PE who is a Professional Engineer and the Vice President of M2E Consulting Engineers, one of the nation’s leading multi-disciplinary engineering firms. We talk about the importance of having fun in the workplace and we also get into social media marketing as part of your engineering career. This episode was also published on our YouTube channel and can be found here.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Having Fun in the Engineering Workplace:
In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach podcast, I talk to Tori Thomas, who is a strategic analyst intern at Organica Water about an article she wrote on LinkedIn regarding a disagreement she had with her boss. She explains to us what her goal was when writing the article and how it has affected her, and her internship ever since. We also talk about the passion she has for engineering at such a young age and the importance of using social media in your engineering career for personal branding.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed and Quotes Related to Tori’s Disagreement with Her Boss:
In this episode, I will explain how you can avoid becoming a frog in boiling water in your engineering career. Nobody can predict the future and disaster can strike at any time in your career and that is why you should always strive to minimize risks in your career by being prepared for the absolute worst.
Here Are 5 Action Steps You Can Take to Avoid Becoming a Frog in Boiling Water:
In this episode, I talk with Peter C. Atherton, P.E. who is the author of “Reversing Burnout: How to Immediately Engage Top Talent and Grow! A Blueprint for Professionals and Business Owners”, and the creator of the I.M.P.A.C.T. process. We talk about the truth behind engineering partnership or ownership: the good, the bad, and the potentially ugly.