When it comes to engineering, there are many things you can do to advance your career. Earning a master’s degree is rapidly becoming a requirement for any type of career advancement today. For example, you’ll want to focus on developing your soft skills and networking to help you get ahead. Here are three things you should be doing (or at least considering) if you want to advance your engineering career.
Get More Education
Many engineers are expected to hold at least a master’s degree to be successful in their careers. Further education, or a multidisciplinary background, can really help give you an edge. Many employers now look on candidates with a bachelor’s degree as “in progress” and even expect them to continue their pursuit of an advanced degree while working for their company. Some may even offer programs that support that pursuit financially (and in terms of schedule).
Overall, while the technicalities of being an engineer have increased, many schools have reduced the number of credit hours required to earn an engineering degree as an undergraduate student. This leaves employers in a bind as the candidates applying to entry-level engineering jobs are as yet unprepared without the additional coursework a post graduate degree provides. Rather than struggle to apply an incomplete degree to the real-life demands of a career in engineering, consider getting an advanced degree that will put you on better footing within your career now and in the future.
Work on Your Soft Skills
There are many soft skills that engineering candidates can benefit from when it comes to advancing within their careers. Communication is chief among those skills. Many individuals with a more technical focus struggle to translate their expertise into layman’s terms. In fact, it is the ability to communicate effectively with a large audience and build strong relationships with stakeholders that employers find highly valuable in their technical staff. So, work on your soft skills. Build on your emotional intelligence. Because being able to work well with others is the key to long-term career success.
Grow Your Network
Networking is important no matter what you do, but as an engineer, your professional network can support your career growth and establish your credibility as an expert in your field. Reliability and references are two key elements of an upwardly mobile career. So be bold in growing your network. Ask for mentoring opportunities when they make sense. Learn from those with something to teach, while also contributing in your own way as well. There are so many ways to network effectively these days, from LinkedIn to industry events. The best way is the one that works best for you.
Don’t limit yourself to connections with people within your discipline. Engineering has several applications across multiple industries. You never know where your next opportunity will come from, so always be open to new things.
For an extra hand in growing your engineering career, reach out to the recruiters at Verum Technical. We understand the technical job market like no one else, and can help you on your path to a rewarding career. Contact us today to learn more.