There is no doubt that engineering is a noble and in-demand discipline. Without engineers we wouldn’t have bridges, airplanes or computers. Becoming an engineer takes years of education and training to become fully qualified. Once you have completed your necessary training and have gained some experience in the workforce, you should seriously consider where you want your career to take you, both in the short term and long term.
This article will discuss the importance of career growth, and seeking an employer who not only allows for but encourages your professional development. Here are a few tips to give your engineering career a boost.
Gaining Experience Quickly
One of the quickest ways to gain experience is through temporary positions. Each employer and work environment has new lessons to learn and new opportunities to further your career. Taking on temporary contracts will provide you with a wide exposure to different teams and projects that will add variety to your resume and experience to your professional profile.
While there is something to be said for staying with one employer for an extended period of time, if you don’t have the ability to show you grew within that one position by taking on increasing responsibilities over time, you are doing your career a disservice. It can be difficult to gain a wider array of job experiences while working for one employer, and that is why taking temporary contracts will help you gain experience quickly and efficiently.
Taking on Passion Projects
Show employers you are fully invested and interested in your career by experimenting outside of the office environment on various passion projects. Offering your services pro bono or volunteering with a nonprofit in your free time shows your commitment to your community and your interest in providing value outside of your 9-to-5 job. Taking on passion projects provides you with the opportunity to learn new skills or put your existing skills to good use.
Seek to Improve Your Work
Great engineers are always learning because the industry is constantly changing. New technologies and methodologies are ever revolutionizing the engineering industry. In order to accelerate your engineering career, make sure that you are never settling for just good enough. Actively seek to improve your work through soliciting quality feedback and staying on top of current events in your field. Your attention to detail and commitment to your work product will stay with you and influence your career and your reputation.
Building a Strong Network
Last, but certainly not least important is building a strong professional network to support your long-term career goals. Working with a staffing partner to find the right opportunities is the more vital step in this process.
If you find yourself in a situation where your current employer is not supportive of your career growth, it is time to reevaluate your options. The team at Search Staffing is well trained and supportive of advancing the careers of engineers in the workforce. They are a reliable source of support in your job search and are able to connect you with employers who are committed to your career goals. Contact us today to speak with a Search Staffing representative about where you want your career to take you.