As an engineer you are probably involved in working out how to build the tallest bridge, design the slickest engine, or how to build the smallest car. And you may be caught up so much in your work that you never pay attention to your career. But today opportunities within engineering are many, and there are great companies offering superb engineering opportunities. In this blog we dispense some top tips how to get your career back on track.
Plan Your Path
You may be great at what you do, but have you sat down and planned where your career is going? Only you really know what you want for the future, so it is you that should set future goals and document them. Make them achievable and set the right time scales.
Never Stop Learning
Even if you are qualified, keep abreast of all the new and upcoming trends in engineering, both in your field and associated fields. You may be specialized at what you do, but if you know other engineering disciplines then that opens up more scope for you. Consider additional learning, courses, seminars, workshops, anything to advance your knowledge.
Look for Assistance
Try to learn from somebody that you know and respect, a mentor of sorts. Regularly meet and discuss engineering experiences. This will develop your career as you will receive valuable advice and learn career opportunities.
In any career, you should never stop networking. This is the best and singularly most effective way to advance your career prospects. Join professional groups, perhaps reach out to your old university colleagues, people that you have worked with in the past, attend conferences and seminars on hot topics. When you network like this you are constantly being updated with all sort of relevant news and information. Networking works both ways so be prepared to offer advice and assistance too.
Take on More Responsibility
It may be that your own personal advancement as an engineer lies with your present employer. Show willing to your line manager that you are prepared to take on more complex tasks. Look for more responsibility than you already have and learn more complex tasks.
Develop Your Business Skills
You may be a very skilled engineer, but you need a grasp of how other businesses work, and what are the determining factors that make other firms tick. Investigate all areas of business such as, operations, finance, perhaps even sales and how they impact a company. The more you know, the better you will be in your role.
It is not just inside your company that you need to let people know of your skills and qualities. This is not a time to be modest, share your engineering knowledge using social media. Write blogs, or join chat rooms to share your experiences. Offer your services to lecture or speak at local engineering schools and colleges. Engineering is one of the greatest careers in the world, it gives you the opportunity to help your fellow man. And the higher the job that you perform then the more service you are also doing.