In this episode, I talk with Andrew Hoover of UW Continuum College about how to evaluate which professional certificates can boost your career. Andrew has a lot of experience in education, especially learning and gives some very insightful advice which can help you identify the credentials that can boost your engineering career.
Personal Development and Professionalism
In this episode, I talk with Josh Haynam, co-founder of Interact, which is a quiz marketing tool used by more than 40,000 companies around the world. We talk about the benefits of building accountability into your engineering career. Josh gives an excellent analogy that he uses in terms of how a coach can help you to advance in your career and life.
Here are some of the key points discussed on building accountability into your Engineering Career:
In this episode, I talk to about the difference between big picture thinking versus a detailed orientated mindset and how to benefit from both in your engineering career. I will detail the benefits of each of these thinking patterns and provide strategies for utilizing both effectively as a technical professional.
Here are some of the key points discussed in this episode:
- As an engineering professional, you’ll be faced with a wide variety of problems and challenges that will require you to think big and come up with solutions.
- Engineers who value both big picture and detail-oriented thinking will have a greater opportunity to be successful in their careers.
- Big picture thinking is when you look at the whole picture and all of the effects that the situation has on everything around it. Most big-picture thinkers do not get bogged down in the details of executing their plans.
Characteristics of Big Picture Thinking
In this episode, I talk with David Kowal, founder, and president of Kowal Communications about improving one’s technical writing skills. David gives five very specific strategies that you can start using immediately to make you a more effective writer and overall communicator as a technical professional.
Here are the key points discussed on improving your technical writing skills:
- We have more ways to communicate than ever before, yet technology has made communication impersonal and often ambiguous.
- We need to focus more on how we communicate, and writing is a big part of that.
- Most communication today is written. By improving your writing skills, you can improve how you communicate through emails, text messages, social media posts, blog posts, reports, memos, articles, white papers, letters, and presentations.
- Improving your technical writing skills can help you manage projects more efficiently, generate more dynamic engineering reports, sell more effectively, be more productive, stand out and advance your career.
Here are five strategies you can use to improve your technical writing skills:
Personal Accountability Starts with the Question Behind the Question
In this episode, I talk with John G. Miller about Personal Accountability and his bestselling book entitled QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life. Miller has spent many years speaking to thousands of professionals on how they can become more accountable in their careers and lives.
Here are the key points discussed on Personal Accountability:
Making Engineering Mistakes and Learning from them
In this episode, I talk Stuart G. Walesh, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, D.WRE about making engineering mistakes and learning from them as an engineering professional. Actually, we talk about mistakes in general, but then discuss how the consequences of making engineering mistakes can be much larger than others, and how to deal with this in our day-to-day approach as engineers.
Here are the key points discussed on making engineering mistakes and learning from them:
In this episode, I talk to Fernando Ceballos, a Civil Engineer, as part of our what I have been calling our Game Changing Career Moves series and we will be talking about taking ownership of your professional development through community involvement.
Here are the key points discussed on Professional Development:
In this episode, I talk to Ian Balina, a serial entrepreneur and former freelancer about how he became a sales engineer and how you can brand yourself as an expert.
Here are the key points discussed on becoming a Sales Engineer:
In this episode, I interview Zorya Belanger, as part of our Game Changing Career Moves series, and we discuss the initiatives she took with respect to skill development and the massive effect this had on her engineering career and life.
Here are some of the key points that our guest made on how self-improvement can improve your engineering career and life:
- By doing a variety of things that interests you, and learning new skill sets, different avenues will start to open for you.
- Creating a side business, reading eBooks and joining Toastmasters has helped me to learn more business skills. This has, in turn, helped my engineering career to move forward and has helped improve my financial situation both short and long term.
- Due to the skills I have developed, I was offered a new position at my engineering company which I am really enjoying doing.
- You should not only read books, you should put the information gained in these books into action as soon as you can.
- When all the different parts of your life are aligned, you will be much more successful in your career. This is known as vertical coherence.
- Trust that what you are doing is going to work out in the end. If you don’t do anything different, you will just stay where you are.
- Self-improvement is of the utmost importance if you want to succeed in your career and life.
More in this episode…
In the Take Action Today segment of the show, Zorya and I will help you to take action in your career.
About Zorya Belanger
Zorya Belanger is a professional materials engineer with 7 years of experience in failure analysis, pipeline integrity, fire investigations, and tank inspections. She graduated from the University of Alberta (located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) with a Bachelors of Science in Materials Engineering in 2009, and then completed the Management Essentials Program through U of A’s School of Business in 2014.
In 2013, Zorya began educating herself about real estate investing and created a real estate investing company with her husband (also an engineer). Currently, Zorya works at Acuren as a Sales Engineer doing business development. She uses her materials engineering expertise and business acumen to help bring in more business for the company. She bridges the gap between client needs and her company’s services.
The future depends on what you do today. – Mahatma Gandhi
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Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success