Focus and concentration are very important factors that effective professionals always prioritize when working. It is necessary for getting the work done. However, with the increasing development in technology coupled with other factors taking place around the world, it has become so easy to lose concentration while working on a task, simply because we are now surrounded by various pleasant distractions. This piece outlines some essential tips that you can use to maintain focus while working long hours.
In episode 086 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with one of our listeners who is facing a difficult civil engineering career decision. He has to decide whether or not to stay in the private consulting sector or to move to a public career path.
Here are some of the questions I ask:
- What discipline of civil engineering are you involved in and how long have you been practicing?
- Are you considering government employment or working with a private contractor who is working for the government?
- Where do you see yourself in your career 10 years from now?
- What makes your work fulfilling?
- What is the current breakdown of your department and what level are you at in at your department?
Here are some key points discussed on making a critical civil engineering career decision:
In episode 082 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Alexis Clark, E.I.T about her passion for culture and community in civil engineering, and several other interesting topics related to Civil Engineering.
Here are some of the questions I ask Alexis:
- Tell us how you ended up working for Hilti and what it’s like working for such a large company?
- You’re passionate about engineering and culture both, so let’s discuss how the two intertwine.
- Do you work outside of the US?
- What do you do in your life in general to try and integrate culture?
- Tell us about your passion for culture and volunteering, and why you are so interested in them?
- Where do you think Civil Engineering is heading in the future?
Here are some key points discussed about passion for culture and community:
In episode 081 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Grady Hillhouse, P.E., a Civil Engineer in San Antonio, Texas about Engineering on YouTube and how he has grown his YouTube channel to almost a half million followers, and more importantly how he is making more people aware of engineering.
Here are some of the questions I ask about his work discussing engineering on YouTube:
- How did this YouTube channel hobby start for you?
- What are your goals for this youtube channel?
- Is maintaining this channel very time-consuming?
- How often do you publish videos?
- How does having this channel affects your civil engineering career?
- What are your future plans for your YouTube channel?
Here are some key points discussed in this episode:
The First Step to a more Stable Engineering Career in 2018 is a blog post by Nader Mowlaee
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in January 2016 the median number of years wage and salary workers had been with their then-current employers was 4.2. This was down from a median number of 4.6 years in 2014.
What does this tell us? The era of working for 20 years at one company is over.
Yet there are still many unhappy employees who continue working for the same employer. They’re sticking to their jobs because of a fake and empty promise of security.
If you’re thinking about establishing a more stable engineering career this year, you’ll need to start setting a few goals and brainstorming a few lists of potential companies.
Goal setting is the first step to finding a more stable job with more growth potential in 2018.
Your Next Step:
5 Steps to Selecting 80/20 Goals to Boost your Civil Engineering Career
In episode 075 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I am going to give you 5 steps for selecting 80/20 goals to boost your civil engineering career. I will also discuss how you can use Pareto Principle, which is also known as the 80/20 rule, to maximize your planning efforts.
Here are some key points discussed on selecting 80/20 goals:
Are you Focused on Moving your Engineering Career Forward, Every Day?
Odds are if you’re like most engineers, you show up at work each day, solve problems, go home, and then come back the next day and repeat that process. Obviously, I am simplifying things here. Within that, ‘solve problems’ generalization, lie thousands of amazing projects, inventions, and solutions that move our world forward. Engineers create extraordinary things. But what career-related items do you partake in outside of your engineering projects, and how you do you decide when or why to execute them and move your engineering career forward?
How to Communicate Effectively on Civil Engineering Projects
In episode 074 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Steve Soldati, PE about how to communicate effectively on civil engineering projects.
Here are some of the questions I ask Steve about communicating effectively on civil engineering projects :
- Why is communication important for engineering professionals?
- What are some things you have done to improve your skills?
- Are there any tools that you use or recommend to improve/streamline communications?
- Can you give examples of positive/negative communication instances in your career?
- Talk about team communication early in project development.
- Tell us about conflict resolution within a team.
Here are some key points discussed in this episode:
How to Get out of an Engineering Job that’s not Moving you Towards your Life Goals
Q: How can I get out of an engineering job that’s not moving me towards my goals?
Welcome to episode #37 of Engineering Career TV. The theme for today’s episode is: How to Get out of an Engineering Job that’s not Moving you Towards your Life Goals.
I spend almost all of the Engineering Career TV episodes answering questions that have been submitted by engineers around the world. The questions are typically focused on professional development for engineering professionals, especially relevant to practicing engineers.
You can submit questions for the show by clicking here.
Let’s jump into today’s topic: How to Get out of an Engineering Job that’s not Moving you Towards your Life Goals. This topic is based on a question from Yiannis, who asks the following:
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.