New Year Resolutions for the EngineerFollow article
Education is what you need. It could be technical training to improve your career prospects, learning a new CAD design software or even learning a new language, set up a training program that will benefit your career and you. Build a CV to be even more proud of, if you stop learning you stop growing.
Back to the past. It’s always a good idea to check to see how past projects are doing out there in the real world. Try to learn from the strengths and the weaknesses of those projects of the past to improve any future works.
Be available. Why not think about speaking at a conference or webinar to get yourself out there? What about publishing technical articles in trade publications if you can, or set up a blog or social media account and build a following. As an engineer, you could find several ways to get out there and make yourself more widely known in your field of endeavour.
Small sprints. Turn your projects into manageable chunks, trying to do everything at once could leave you a little overwhelmed. You need to organise those big projects into shorter sprints towards your main goal. These bite size pieces improve achievability and help keep you on the right path without flooding your senses.
Research new technologies. Look around, see what’s happening out there in the big wide world and what’s on the horizon. Share what you find with your work colleagues, maybe there are opportunities out there to be capitalised on that you haven’t seen?
Research a bit more. Spend some time looking for new research reports you might have missed on subjects related to your business, there are often hidden gems to be found with some concentrated digging. Use informal meetings to share knowledge with your colleagues.
Adapt those technologies. Make the year the year that your company forges ahead of the competition or at the least tries to catch up with them. Embrace the introduction of new methodologies and technologies to help you manage your companies systems and processes. Keep pushing the boundaries and forging a more successful year.
Give something back. Plenty of young engineers are out there studying hard however, academic achievement is one thing, hands-on experience is another. Take on some students by offering work experience or internship programs or suggest it to your superiors. You will be giving a grateful engineering student an insight into your particular field of engineering and be helping to nurture the engineers of tomorrow.
Build a network. If have a rock solid customer base, that doesn’t mean you should become complacent about finding new contacts and business opportunities. You may be missing out if you are not making an effort to connect with other businesses, industry contacts and services. Social media networking could be a great idea to kick-start your marketing strategy in the coming year.
Evaluate, monitor and measure. It’s always a good idea to keep a track of what you have done towards achieving your project goal, see if you are making the right level of progress. It’s all good if you are on target, if not, figure out what the problem is and aim to sort it out. Make this a habit to keep you on track.
Get active in engineering societies. Join an engineering society related to your specific discipline, or even one that isn’t if you are looking into new avenues to explore career wise. Get active on the forums if they have them, educate others with your experiences if you can.
Make this year a winner! Celebrate the wins, however, big or small they may be, any challenges should be seen as an opportunity to investigate new ways of doing things and keep moving forward. And never be afraid to ask questions, because if you don’t, the answer will always be no.