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  • Writer's pictureFernando A. Ceballos, P.E

5 Actions a Young Engineer Took to Realize Success: TECC 183

Updated: Apr 19, 2019

Career Reflection: 5 Actions a Young Engineer Took to Realize Success

Thankful to have had the opportunity to join Anthony Fasano, P.E. with the Engineering Management Institute for the second time to talk about action steps young engineers can take to find success in their careers.


5 actions I took to realize success in my career:

1. Networking

  • Networking should not only be a way to find a new job or bring in more business for your firm.

  • When you start networking with the intention of finding people who are more experienced in their career, it gives you a great opportunity to gain perspective and to see what their career path looked like in order for you to you apply it to your life.

 2. Doing your job well first and then the extras

  • It’s important to realize that you have been hired to first be an engineer first of all. Everything else you want to do, needs to come after that.

  • Many times, engineers get so caught up in all the extras, that they forget the reason they were hired in the first place.

3. Always try to add value to your company

  • You should always look to add value to your company, your client and the team you work with.

  • A simple way to get good at this would be to ask yourself how you can add more value to your company. Think about this on a regular basis and make it part of your routine to reflect on this. When you start to get into a value-driven mindset, you will achieve a lot of success in your career.

4. Finding win-win situations

  • People are often selfish and looking to gain something for themselves at every opportunity. However, the real value comes when you start finding ways to help not only yourself, but others as well.

  • When you get to impact somebody’s life and influence them in the right direction, you’ve already created a win-win situation. Doing this will help you to learn valuable skills from that person that you can apply in your career.

5. Knowing who you work with and finding out what drives them

  • It is very important to know who makes up your team, your supporters and your advocates. Many times, we know the people we work with, but we don’t truly understand what drives them.

  • Everyone is driven by different things. By really knowing what drives people, you will be able to understand how to influence people to get the best out of them. The more you can understand the way somebody works, the easier they are to work with.

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