Advance Your Career as an Engineer: 4 Tips to Grow Professionally

Written by
Rebecca Smith

May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020 • by Rebecca Smith

Did you know that in 2015 there were about 1.6 million engineers in the United States? This number is projected to continue growing until 2024 which means that there will be around 65,000 new jobs added in the field. If you are looking to advance your career in engineering, then now is a perfect time.

Keep reading to learn more about how you too can take advantage of this boom and take your career to the next level. 

1. Never Stop Learning

Going to school for a little longer is a great investment for engineers that are looking to advance in their career. Having a master's degree will give you more job opportunities with higher pay. 

You also want to keep up with the latest trends in the engineering world. There are plenty of ways to continue learning either about your own engineering discipline or others. You can go to specialized training courses, go for new certificates, or attend webinars. 

Refreshing your knowledge and deepening your education is a necessity in order to renew certain licenses as well. This is why learning how to navigate CPC requirements to stay up to date is key when preparing to renew your license.

2. Business Skills

You want to develop some business skills to learn what helps companies grow. This will require you to go beyond the engineering world but will help you become a valuable asset to any company you are working for. 

Learning more about sales, operations, and finances will not only help you grow and think outside of the box it will also make you a bigger asset when you are working on team projects at your company.  

3. Be an Innovator

You want to be open-minded when it comes to innovation. Help your team or company come up with new ideas to help you stand out. Innovation is what sets successful companies apart from their competition and if you are consistently helping your company stand out, it will be much easier for you to become invaluable and have the ability to advance in your career. 

You can rest assured that your company will reward you for encouraging innovative ideas. 

4. Network Network Network

Take the time to build a strong professional network. You can use sites like LinkedIn and Facebook to help you meet other people. Networking will continue to be one of the best ways to advance your career and find new opportunities because you never know who you are going to meet. 

Make sure to keep in touch with classmates and join professional organizations and reach out on a regular basis to stay updated and to keep them updated on what is going on in your world. 

Ready to Advance Your Career?

You know that as an engineer you are excellent at solving problems and sometimes developing soft skills is not always a top priority. Thankfully now you can feel confident as you advance your career instead of being just another engineer.

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