In this episode, Anthony Fasano, PE interviews Shahzal, a structural engineer in training and listener of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, and helps him to discover his passion and offers guidance on which path to follow to pursue his passion.
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Here are the key points:
- You should focus on one of the things you enjoy doing, so that you can become successful and grow in that specific field.
- Ask yourself where you see yourself in 5 years from now, and how your passion plays into that.
- In order to be an effective engineering manager or leader as an engineer, you need to understand the technical side of the work.
- As long as you know how long it will take you to become an engineering manager, you can then plan and take all the steps you need in order to get there.
- Just because you are passionate about management, does not mean you are going to become an engineering manager immediately. You can work towards it. Put together a 3 to 5 year plan for you to achieve engineering manager. The components of the plan might include the following:
- Continue to develop your technical skills;
- Continue to boost qualifications;
- Have a conversation with your employer about the fact that you do want to become an engineering manager in this time frame;
- Find out from your engineering company what else they think you should do in order to accomplish this goal;
- Take a serious look at credentials. Consider getting a management degree or a project manager professional (PMP) certificate.
- If you are passionate and you want to achieve a certain position, there is not necessarily a light switch that you are going to turn on. If you know what it is that you would like to achieve, and you recognize it now, then you should create a personal plan for yourself in order to take the necessary steps to achieve it.
More in this episode…
In the Take Action Today segment of the episode, I will give you some actionable advice on how you too can find your passion as an engineer.
About Shahzal Nisar
Shahzal Nisar is a Structural Engineer in training working at AECOM in Ontario, Canada. He graduated from The University of Waterloo in April 2016. Fresh out of school, he is trying to figure out his career path. You can connect with Shahzal via LinkedIn.
When you have a passion for something then you tend not only to be better at it, but you work harder at it too. Vera Wang
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
The Engineering Career Coach
Author of Engineer Your Own Success