In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach (TECC) Podcast I am going to answer questions from our listeners asking for career advice.
Here are the summary of questions and answers we’ve discussed in this session:
Can you point me in a direction to learn more about small niche markets in the engineering profession?
- Talk to people in those specific engineering disciplines.
- Interview people.
- Go to professional engineering association meetings to find out what they do.
Do you need to have a knowledge of finance, business and marketing?
- Yes, you need to know something about all of these things, because this is what will make you stand out because most engineers don’t.
- If you do this, you separate yourself and that is how you become a thought leader in your engineering industry.
- If you can move beyond the technical aspect of your engineering career and engage people, then you will go into the next level where a lot of engineers are not.
I am worried that if I take an engineering project coordinator job, I would not be able to transition to the design aspect of my degree at a later date, if I decide to change my mind. Please can you advise on what I should do?
- I suggest that you take the construction engineering job, because going from construction to design is always very helpful.
- Taking this job will help you to become an even better designer and make it easier to transition.
- You will not be missing opportunities, you will be building experience in the field, which is the most valuable experience you can get.
I am interested in being an applications engineer. How do I get started while I’m waiting to enter school?
- Ask someone questions in applications engineering.
- Read books about applications engineering.
- Take certificate courses that can go onto your resume.
How can I make sure that my resume reaches the engineering hiring manager without going into the black hole?
- It all comes down to who you know.
- The real question to you would be: “What have you done to put yourself in a position to get to know people and connect with people?”
- You cannot rely on a website to give you an engineering job. If that’s what you are doing, then stop and rather try to connect with people.
- Take the time to build the right relationships with the right people.
More in this episode…
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“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” – Kofi Annan
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
The Engineering Career Coach
Author of Engineer Your Own Success