What soft skills/demeanors, unrelated to engineering education, are often extremely valuable as an engineer? ?
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How to talk to people and communicate concepts clearly to people from multiple different backgrounds.
How to ask for help
- Effective communications
- Collaborative methodologies, like Design Thinking
- Learn how to continuously learn
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Drew Peake, MSME, M.Eng., MBA, PE, FNAFE, DEE, CIH, CSP
Drew recommends the following next steps:
How to estimate how long a large task will take, usually by breaking it into smaller sub-tasks. If schedules are planned weekly or bi-weekly, you need to be able to estimate how much of the task (or how many small tasks) you can do in that time period.
Respect and empathy for others. Some teammates might not be as skilled as you in certain areas, but look for the areas in which they know more than you and learn from them.
Soft skills are skills that may not pertain to the job.
These are things like Active listening, Coaching, Problem solving, Communication skills etc.
Almost any soft skill will apply to any role or even life. Many of these will help make you a more valuable teammate and possibly help you advance your career and that carrer of those around you. All of the below would be useful:
Just a friendly reminder that honing your soft skills can be a game-changer in your career journey. Here are some key ones to always remember:
- Mastering the art of time management
- Embracing the power of teamwork
- Nurturing your emotional intelligence
- Excelling in communication
- Welcoming and giving constructive feedback
- Striking the perfect work-life balance
- Seizing opportunities to give back
Hope this helps!
Hard skills, such as programming, design, test are all teachable. It's really the soft skills that will give you an advantage over your colleagues.
When I teach college classes, I always add a presentation. Public speaking is one of the most important soft skills but most people are very scared. With large, multi-national, multi-cultural teams, you have to let others know what you are doing and how you are making a difference in your team and company. It's the only way to get ahead, get promoted and, in some cases, keep your job. You have to sell yourself and your contributions. Your manager might think you are the best thing to happen to your company ever but if none of the other managers know who you are or what you do, you won't get very far. Lyndon Baines Johnson was fond of saying "I gotta go on TV and tell the people of our great country what I done for them today!" Sell yourself!
Jeff recommends the following next steps:
The previous response provided some excellent points. These are abilities that you typically don't acquire in a structured environment, but rather through observing others and gaining experience. It's frequently about adopting a certain mindset. Here are some additional skills that are worth considering:
Resourcefulness - When there's a lack of clear direction, how do you tackle problem-solving?
Empathy - Treating others as you would like to be treated is crucial.
Persistence - How can you transform obstacles into opportunities? It's all about maintaining a positive, can-do attitude.
Follow-through - Fulfilling your commitments is key. This not only builds your credibility but also fosters trust.
Remember, every challenge is an opportunity to grow and learn. Keep pushing forward, and you'll be amazed at what you can achieve.