Q: How do I create the career experience that I love as an engineer?
Welcome to Episode #14 of Engineering Career TV. The topic for this episode is Creating the Career Experience you Love as an Engineer.
I will spend most of the Engineering Career TV episodes answering questions that have been submitted from engineers around the world on how to rapidly advance their careers and live the lives they want to live.
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Let’s jump into today’s topic, Creating the Career Experience you Love as an Engineer, which is based on a question from Aaron, who asks the following:
Q: Aaron asks: I’m a recent engineering graduate and have spent the last two years working as a field engineer for a general contractor. While I still feel very much the civil engineer working on the construction side of the industry, my perspective of the industry is the opposite side of my designer consulting oriented counterparts.
I was interested to know whether or not you have had the experience working for a GC, and whether you had some specific insights on this. Also, I’m an EIT, busy building my experience. I’m fortunate I’ve been placed on a job that for all intents and purposes, a design-build which has given me a great opportunity to also design. Ultimately, I’d like to return to a strict general contractor role and was curious if you had any advice on how to build enough experience for my PE license doing this, specifically a construction concentration.
A: The full answer can be seen in the video above, but here are a few of the main points:
- You have to create the career that you’re going to really enjoy on a daily basis.
- Be clear on what your goals are in your career.
- You want to be in a job that’s enjoyable for you as an engineer.
- Don’t do anything that’s taking you off track from where you want to go.
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I hope you found this episode of Engineering Career TV helpful.
What questions do you have about creating the experience that you love as an engineer?
To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success