What is The Engineering Mentor all about?
It’s about realizing that the skills and credentials that truly matter in having a successful engineering career are not necessarily the ones that everyone thinks they are.
I went to an Ivy League school and have a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. I have over 17 years experience in the mechanical/energy engineering field. Along the way, I gained several solid licenses/certifications; most notably my PE (Professional Engineer) and CEM (Certified Energy Manager) licensure.
So you’d think I have it made, right? Well not exactly.
As I have reached greater and greater success in my career, I have come to understand that it is just the foundation. To truly build a successful career, you need other skills that I call one’s “peripheral” skills. What area these skills? They are primarily:
- Developing a network – Do you know that most jobs are attained through connections. Do you have these connections to find a good job? What would you do if you were fired tomorrow?
- Social/communication skills – Public speaking, writing, making first impressions, interviewing with confidence etc.
- Continuing education, licensing – Not all licenses are created equal. It’s important to know how to determine the valuable ones and not waste your time on secondary ones.
Over the years, I have been helped along by many great bosses & supervisors who have been mentors to me. In my effort to pay it forward, I started writing articles and mentoring younger engineers to help them along the path towards success.
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