In this episode, I talk about performance reviews, and how you can prepare for your next performance review by providing you with three questions that you should ask in your next one. I recently wrote about this topic on the ASCE blog and based on feedback and interest, I thought I would it would be a good topic for a podcast episode.
Career Goals and Challenges
In this episode, I talk to Frank E. Falcone; AP, P.E., D.WRE, CAPT USN (ret)., the Director of Professional Development and Experiential Education in the College of Engineering (CoE) at Villanova University, about engineering education, how it has changed and will change, and how engineering students can focus their career plans and goals for a technologically expanding future.
Here Are the Questions Asked in This Episode:
- You wrote a book called “The Career Compass,” which is an online textbook required for all students enrolled in the College of Engineering’s Career Compass Program at Villanova. Tell us a little bit more about this book and how it evolved to help engineering students.
- What would you like to see engineers take away from this program that can help them in their careers moving forward?
- How has the engineering profession changed over the past decades?
- How should engineering education change to meet the demands of an ever evolving and “globalized” world?
- What are some of the typical and/or emerging career paths for newly graduated engineers?
- How should engineering students focus their plans and goals for a technologically expanding future?
- In your opinion, what do you think is on the horizon for the engineering profession and future engineers?
- Do you have any professional development tips, especially for early-career engineers?
Here Are the Key Points Discussed About Engineering Education:
In this episode, I answer critical career questions from engineers about career planning, licensing, work-life balance, credentials, finding a job, working remotely, and more, and also talk about happiness in your career.
These questions are from a Q&A session where I answered career questions for engineers. During these sessions, I take career questions from engineers on any challenging situation they are dealing with, career planning questions they might have, goal setting, or any other engineering-related questions. If you are interested in joining me on these calls, please check out the link in the show notes of this episode.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~ Alice Walker
Here Are Some of the Career Questions and Answers in This Episode:
I recently received my mechanical P.E. license. However, having spent most of my career as a quality engineer, how should I make the most of it?
In this episode, I talk with Dr. Tamara Baynham, PhD, an electrical engineer and director of Clinical Research at EBT Medical, Inc., based in Toronto, about women in STEM. She provides nine great tips on how women in STEM can navigate career challenges with confidence.
Here Are 9 Tips for Women in STEM to Navigate Career Challenges With Confidence:
In this episode, I talk to Tiffany Dawson, an ex-mechanical engineer turned career coach for women in STEM about a difficult time she went through in her career, and how by getting the support she needed, she was able to use that experience and help other women around the world to excel in their careers. She also provides specific ways that women in STEM can create barriers for themselves to help boost their confidence and advance their success in work and life.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Women in STEM:
In this episode, I talk to Bill Keen, CRPC, the founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors, about the election year and financial planning and how it can affect you as an engineer. Bill provides some great tips on how you can be prudent when it comes to financial planning and making decisions as to not affect you and your family negatively.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About the Election Year and Financial Planning:
In this episode, I talk to Jay Jayaseelan, the founder of Learning Through Robotics, a STEM platform that teaches and reinforces STEM concepts through “hands-on” activities using robotics technology. Jay talks to us about how STEM courses can help kids excel in science and math and how hands-on learning play and learning through robotics methods can help bridge the gap of missed experience.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Learning Through Robotics and How They Bridge the Gap for Missed Experience for Kids:
In this episode, I talk to Bill Keen, founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors. Bill was previously seen on episode 214, where he talked about retirement for engineers. In today’s episode, Bill talks about how what is happening today with the current pandemic is affecting the stock market and our everyday lives as well as how it will affect the future. He then provides some actionable steps that you can take to ensure you make the right choices and not go on an emotional roller coaster ride.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed about The Impact of the Pandemic on the Stock Market:
In this episode, we’re kicking off a series where we will be diving into the four key drivers of great engineering managers. I talk to Seth D. Scheilz, Professional Engineer at Black & Veatch in Kansas City, about the first of these four key drivers: providing your team members with engineering career growth opportunities. Seth tells us about the things that he has done to facilitate the growth of the teams he has managed in his career.
The four key drivers of successful engineering managers, based on research we have conducted at the Engineering Management Institute, through the design of an diagnostic tool we are building called the CMAP (Current Management Ability Potential) Diagnostic Tool include:
C: Career Growth Opportunities
M: Management Style that’s Inclusive
A: Ability to Manage Projects
P: People or Interpersonal Skills
Here Are 3 Points to Consider When Providing Engineering Career Growth Opportunities to Your Team:
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.