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Career Life Long Learning for Engineers...
Now you are conscious of pro-actively managing your professional development, make sure you build on it. Maintain your momentum. Don’t let your efforts go to waste. Prioritise the activities you do at work. Apart from your core job, ensure any additional tasks you undertake work broadly toward career objectives. Dramatically reduce or eliminate things that are unproductive. You know your time is precious. The best way to do this is to get organised.
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Career Life Long Learning for Engineers
Taking the analogy above of CPD running parallel to your career, you should consider professional development and learning as something you never stop doing. The only thing that may change is the pace at which you learn, depending on where you are in your career. You’ll be aware technology, manufacturing and engineering are constantly evolving and improving. As such, it’s critical your skills remain up to date if you are to remain competitive. Your talents need to be relevant if you are to maximise your employability.
As part of your career life long learning, your past experiences will also be invaluable. However, to remain relevant you need to know how to apply these abilities in the modern world. Huge chucks of manufacturing and the jobs they support have become obsolete as they failed to adapt and change as quickly as their competitors. Don’t let that fate befall you.
Skills and knowledge you may want to consider keeping up to date include technical, professional, business and managerial. For good quality sources of keeping yourself up to date see the Business & Industry and Skills Shortage is Critical sections.
Your Career Management is your responsibility, not that of your employer or anyone else. To ensure its upkeep into the future, build routine into the way you work. Annual appraisals at work are a start. But use these to go further and examine the progress you are making on wider career goals.
Detailed annual career reviews are highly recommended. Reasonably thorough half-yearly reviews, perhaps with more frequent 1-2-1 sessions, will also enable you to chart your development and modify objectives as required. Accomplishing your career targets will give you great satisfaction and fuel your drive to achieve more.
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Have you had an inspirational coach, mentor or manager? Knowing what you know now, what’s the single most effective piece of advice you’d give to a young engineer coming through now?