In this episode, I interview Jon Sharkey, a software engineer from Google about the engineering behind the Waze application. We also talk about how project teams work at Google, specifically what the workflow looks like, tips on project management and everyday communication tools John uses as well as tools used at Google.
In this episode, I am going to talk to one of our listeners, Carl Humphrey, about challenges that he is facing around career planning and will give you some advice on how you can use your time wisely as an engineering professional. There were some very interesting strategies that we discussed in this episode that I believe apply to engineers at all experience levels considering how to chart the future of their career paths.
Here are the key points from this episode of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast:
- The key to time management is to make sure that you put the time that you do have towards what’s important to you and what’s important in respect to achieving your goals.
- When you have a time management issue, you must look at your personal as well as your professional goals and make sure that your time is focused on moving you closer to that goals.
- Consider doing extra work at any engineering company so you can put that on your resume. For example, maybe you volunteer to attend evening meetings so that you can advance your learning in a certain topic. You may not get compensated immediately in the way of salary, but it might pay off in the long term because of the knowledge you are gaining.
- Get super clear on your goals and make sure you are focused on things moving you towards your goals and that you are not getting off-track.
- Have a process that helps to bring you back on course, whenever you get off-track.
More in this episode…
In the Take Action Today segment of the show, I will give you some actionable advice that you can apply to help you focus your time and energy.
About Carl Humphrey
Carl Humphrey was raised by good parents but he was a bit of a lost and wandering soul at times. Out of high school, he immediately jumped into the construction industry and learned so much but carried some demons about his past with him. Entering his thirties he knew life had more in store for him than what he had become. Starting with the spirit and branching into actions and behaviors, he exposed and examined everything that had gotten him thus far. Fast-forward to today, at this point, he has overcome many obstacles, and in doing so, he has realized that he wants to help those around him. You can follow his thoughts on his blog at www.waterebbandflow.com.
“Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.”
– Amos Bronson Alcott
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How can you use your time wisely as an Engineering Professional?
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success
In this episode, I am going to give you 10 actions that you can take to improve your collaboration efforts with your engineering team and also explain how this will benefit your career development.
Here are 10 steps to better collaboration in your engineering career.
In this episode, I interview and assist engineer Rener Frank on steps he can take to overcome a big challenge, in order for him to remain motivated in his career. We also discuss one HUGE challenge that he has already overcome.
Engineering Success quotes:
Here are the key points:
Calvin Guyer (@CalGuyer60) shares an equation for engineers, that help minimize distraction and achieve high performance and increase our potential.
Performance = Potential – Interference (gives example of Steve Jobs) [Read more…] about TECC 88: The Peak Performance Equation for Engineers
This episode is the sixth part in the seven part series of my recently released updated and expanded edition of my book, Engineer Your Own Success.
“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker
In the Take Action Today segment at the end of the show, I give you a technique that will help you improve focus and get more things done.
Listen to this session and learn the three rules to time management and work-family balance: [Read more…] about TECC 62: Creating a Focused, Productive and Stress-Free Engineering Career and Life – EYOS 6 of 7 – The Engineering Career Coach Podcast
In this session of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, I interview Matt Tenney and learn how he has used his five and a half years in a military prison to transform his life and career to where he is today.
The Take Action Today segment of the show will give you a simple tip on how to implement mindfulness amidst a very busy schedule as an engineer.
“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” – Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny
Matt Tenney is a social entrepreneur and the author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom (click to download first chapter). He is also an international keynote speaker, a trainer, and a consultant with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute, whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. He works with companies, associations, universities, and non-profits to develop highly effective leaders who achieve lasting success by focusing on serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them. Matt envisions a world where the vast majority of people realize that effectively serving others is the key to true greatness.
The following items are discussed in detail in this episode: [Read more…] about TECC 34: The Engineering Career Coach Podcast – How a 5.5 Year Prison Sentence Inspired Author Matt Tenney to Become a Servant Leader
In this session of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, I am going to challenge you to work only four hours per day for one week.
“Success is actually a short race, a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.”
“It is not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it is that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.”
Gary Keller, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
The Take Action Today segment of the show will help you brainstorm on that one thing you can do to make any area of your life or career extraordinary. [Read more…] about TECC 32: The Engineering Career Coach Podcast – A Challenge to Work Four Hours a Day in Your Engineering Career
In this session of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, I provide the five-step process that I have utilized to overcome my addiction to e-mail in hopes that you can do the same.
E-mail is a valuable method of communication, but it is also dangerous; it can seriously hamper our productivity, especially if we live in our inboxes, like I did. In this session, I will outline in detail how I overcame my e-mail addiction for those of you who want to do the same and increase your productivity.