In this episode, I talk about career planning, and more specifically, about why you should create a 5-Year Plan. I talk about what your plan should include and provide four very important steps you can take to ensure you reach the goals you set for your five-year career plan so that you can become proactive and take control of your career.
In this episode, I talk to Mark A. Herschberg, M.Eng, a seasoned executive and cybersecurity expert and author of the book called: “The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You” about the importance of career planning, networking, communication, leadership, and management as an engineer.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Career Planning and Leadership Progression for Engineering Professionals:
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 episode 02 of The Structural Engineering Channel podcast, we will be taking you with us back to the ASCE SEI Structures Congress in Orlando where we interviewed some guests on the current state of the structural engineering industry. This is actually one of two episodes from ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute(SEI Structures Congress). The other episode will be published on June, 19 on The Civil Engineering Podcast, in an effort to give the Congress more visibility.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Our Guests in This Episode:
- What are some of the things that excite you about structural engineering?
- How do you determine what you need to focus your time and energy on?
- Talk about your thoughts on structural engineering being a commodity?
- What is it like being a professor and working with students in the real beginnings of their engineering careers?
- Do you think it’s important for structural engineers to gain practical experience in the field?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About the Structural Engineering Industry:
Q: Should I be transitioning to civil engineering?
Welcome to episode #28 of Engineering Career TV. The topic for this episode is transitioning to civil engineering in your career.
I 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.
You can submit questions for the show by clicking here.
Let’s jump into today’s topic: transitioning to civil engineering in your career, which is based on a question from Mark, who asks the following:
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Q: How do I move up within my Engineering Firm?
Welcome to Episode #15 of Engineering Career TV. The topic for this episode is Moving Up Within Your Engineering Firm.
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.
You can submit questions for the show by clicking here.
Let’s jump into today’s topic, Moving Up Within Your Engineering Firm, which is based on a question from Simone, who asks the following: [Read more…] about Moving Up Within Your Engineering Firm- Engineering Career TV Ep. 15
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
Resources and links mentioned in this session include:
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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