Earlier today, I saw the tweet to the left and it really spoke to me. I have similarly thought the same thing when it comes to education as well as employee/boss dynamics. We do a disservice to others when we expect them to know everything right off the top of their head. Nobody should be . . . click to continue reading
8 Networking tips for engineering conferences or job fairs
Heading to a conference or attending a job fair? Here are 7 tips I use personally that can help you get the most out of the event. Have a game plan – It is unlikely that you will have time to make real connections with the whole crowd or all of the presenters at a . . . click to continue reading
Why you need to build your engineering network EVEN if you are not job searching
The Excuses . . . When I suggest a network is crucial for ALL engineers regardless of their place in life, I’ve heard a myriad of responses . . . . . . Why do I need a network, I’m not looking for a job? . . . Why bother, it’s not like I know . . . click to continue reading
Why (many) engineers suck at writing and what can we do about it . . .
Have you heard ever the phrase that someone “writes like an engineer”? If you have, you’ll know that this is never meant as a compliment. It is used to disparage the writing skills of engineers who supposedly only care about math and science. While they are usually blown out of proportion, most stereotypes begin with at least . . . click to continue reading
Studying by Cramming or Pacing? AKA, when 1+1+1 does not equal 3.
Studying 30 minutes every day from Monday through Friday equals 2.5 hours. Right? Well, that depends on what you mean by “equals”. If you care about actual TIME, then then yes, those five study periods do equal 2.5 hours. However, if you care about QUALITY and EFFECTIVENESS of the studying, then answer would be no. . . . click to continue reading
“Will you be my friend?” 3 Tips for Getting Strangers to Connect on LinkedIn (and beyond)
When we were in kindergarten, we could walk up to another kid and just say “Hey, wanna be my friend?” It was as simple as that. No context was needed and then we’d run off and play. Can you imagine if that worked in the business world? “Hey, can I work here?” and then you’d go . . . click to continue reading