In this episode, I provide coaching and guidance to an engineer who is totally burnt out in his career. By the end of this episode, he is inspired and has a plan to change his career for the better. He then also adds a twist to this episode and starts asking me some career-related questions on the decisions I made in my career.
Here are the key points discussed on recovering from burnout:
- Doing the same thing year in and year out made me feel like I was not advancing in my career. This lead to me feeling more burned out than being a help to the company I was working for.
- Burnout is not only defined by working too many hours, it can also be defined as burning out mentally if you are doing something repeatedly without seeing any results.
- As an engineer you have the ability to improve the lives of many people regardless of what discipline in engineering you are in.
- I am waging an inner war within myself, part of me saying that It’s OK to challenge the standards and push for something greater instead, while another part of me remains comfortable with what is going on.
- There are always opportunities out there to do the things you want to do in order to impact the world. However, there is also a risk associated with taking those kinds of leaps in your career. You have to ask yourself how far you are willing to push the envelope, and how uncomfortable you are willing to become in terms of taking the next step in your career.
- I ask myself every day if you should sacrifice comfort for the unknown, or do you stay with the unknown and try to build upon the unknown?
- If you are unhappy in your job, you will need to make a smart career move that may include joining a company that will help you to make a real difference in the lives of others through your career.
More in this episode…
In the Take Action Today segment of the show, I will give you some tips on helping you to identify your passion in your career.
JP is a mechanical engineer who has been working in the sustainability field for the last 7 years. He has performed building energy performance analysis on various buildings throughout the USA during his career. Most of his career was based on post-construction buildings but he has a few years’ experience in the pre-construction side. JP’s career has had an emphasis on sustainable design and renewable energy. He asked to remain anonymous for this episode.
The opportunity to step away from everything and take a break is something that shouldn’t be squandered. – Harper Reed
Resources and links mentioned in this session include:
Engineering Management Accelerator
Upcoming Free Engineering Management Institute Webinar
Engineers Without Borders
TCEP 076: Two Professionals in the Civil Engineering Industry who are Impacting the World Beyond their Engineering Projects
Wine to Water Fundraising
TCEP 089: Why Civil Engineering CEOs Need to Focus on People with Nick DeNichilo
TCEP 092: Business Development Skill Building for Civil Engineers
Books Mentioned in the Episode:
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success