In this session of The Engineering Career Coach (TECC) Podcast, Chris Knutson and I are going to answer more questions from our listeners asking for career advice.
“If you want to be successful in a particular field of endeavor, I think perseverance is one of the key qualities. It’s very important that you find something that you care about, that you have a deep passion for, because you’re going to have to devote a lot of your life to it.” – George Lucas
In the Take Action Today segment of the show, we give you one piece of advice on how to move forward in your engineering career.
Here are the summary of the questions and answers we’ve discussed in this episode:
I am curious what advice you have for someone who wants to enter the engineering work force with 5-6 years of military leadership experience, but very limited engineering experience outside of the academic world. – Stephen from San Antonio, Texas
- Check out the section of Air Force Civil Engineering community that does pavement evaluation of airfields
- Build your network, ask people for help when you need it
I’m looking for business courses to take online to supplement my engineering education. What courses specifically would you recommend taking that would be helpful for the future? – Eric from Delaware
- Join the Engineering Career Community
- Depending on your ultimate goal, courses may include
- MBA programs (online or in-person)
- Engineering Management from Purdue
- Master of Science in Executive Management from Northwestern University
- Read Rich Dad Poor Dad and other self improvement books
I have a question regarding my spouse who’s coming to USA within few months. He has completed his bachelors in electrical engineering and pursuing his masters. Should he finish his studies back home or continue here? What is the right path for him? – Deepika from New York
- Visit NY State Department of Education website for rules, it may be case by case review basis
I would say that one challenge I am facing involves one of my coworkers. I sit next to a guy in his 60’s who has been a professor at various community colleges and likes to teach me or show me things occasionally. – Anthony
- Try to relocate somewhere in the office
- Be courteous and kind
- Be upfront, find a way to tap into his knowledge and expertise, schedule a time to have that conversation with him
I need help finding a mentor, or at least a place where I can talk or meet someone that can become a friend and an example to me. Can you possibly assist me with this? – Cassie from South Africa
- Get on LinkedIn and refine your search to find people who are doing what you want to do
- Join professional associations
- Get in touch with your college engineering alumni
- Check out the podcast on how to find a mentor
- Reach out to your network and ask help to find a mentor
I want to travel and work in the USA, so first I need knowing the names and location of Engineering companies there. – Mustafa from Jordan
- Find people who have come to USA and seek guidance
- Check out our blog posts on engineering companies
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
The Engineering Career Coach
Author of Engineer Your Own Success