In this episode, I speak with Professor Jim Tinjum, who is the Associate Chair of the Department of Engineering Professional Development at University of Wisconsin-Madison. We talk about his roughly 1300-mile, 14-day bike trip across the Upper Midwest and what made him decide to take this bike ride for sustainability.
One hurdle that many engineers experience in their careers is taking action on the challenging professional projects that will enable them to move forward and up. I’ve had a lot of conversations with engineers who talk about their desire to earn a certification or find a new, better position.
In fact, the conversations are the same one I’ve had with them before. For a couple of the engineers, we’ve walked the same ground for the past twelve months. Why is seizing the initiative in your engineering career such a challenge?
Fear is one reason. That’s a seriously charged word, right? It’s also a word that many don’t like to talk about because it is such an emotional word. But I think it’s the main reason that any of us put off going after the job we want or making contact with the people that will help us get the job we want.
And that’s unfortunate. Because someone has to have that job, it might as well be you!