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Secrets to Advancing Your Engineering Career

What Are the Critical Success Factors to a Successful Long-Term Engineering Career?

One-Day Workshop
Facilitated by Steven Cerri
Class size is limited to 24 participants


1. Introductions

  • What is it that managers look for and identify as they engineers they want to promote?
  • What is the source of this data and how pertinent is it to today’s engineering organization?
  • What will it take for you to be that “promote-able” engineer, either along the engineering ladder or along the management ladder?

2. Individual Trait #1: Taking Initiative

  • Learn what it means to “take initiative” in an engineering organization
  • Evaluate how much “initiative” is the right amount in your organization
  • Learn how to determine if your manager wants you to take more initiative or less

3. Individual Trait #2: Perspective: The Big Picture

  • Learn why it is important to understand how what you are doing “fits” into what others on your team are doing
  • Understand why “going it alone” can get you only so far, and why it will not give you a long-term engineering career

4. Individual Trait #3: Self-Management: Getting Things Done

  • Evaluate how you like to “get things done”
  • Learn why “To Do Lists” and day-tracking books may not fit your work style and what to do in order to work effectively and efficiently
  • Learn how to master your own best working style to increase your productivity
  • Learn how to find the highest value Return on Investment (ROI) tasks for your project, your team, and your organization

5. Group Trait #1: Following: Leave Your Ego At Home

  • Evaluate, for your own organization, what it means to contribute to your team
  • Learn how to contribute, follow, and lead elegantly in any meeting without letter your ego take over

6. Group Trait #2: Teamwork: Select and Be On a Team

  • Learn why managers value engineers to work beyond their immediate tasks
  • Understand what teams to seek out
  • Learn how to select a team in order to expand your awareness of your organization

7. Group Trait #3: Leadership: Lead Like a Partner

  • Learn how to lead without being “pushy”
  • Learn how to lead without offending
  • Learn when to lead, when to “go along”, and when to follow

8. Organizational Trait #1: Networking

  • Learn how to build networks of mentors, advisers, and colleagues in the greater organization
  • Understand why it is important not to work in isolation and what to do instead
  • Learn why the greater your positive and supportive interaction with others, the greater your value to your manager and to the organization

9. Organizational Trait #2: Understanding Your Organization

  • Learn how to evaluate the culture of your organization
  • Evaluate your organization’s culture and plan ways to move in it more effectively

10. Organizational Trait #3: Telling Your story to Get Results

  • Learn how to give a good, solid briefing or presentation with more than just data. Learn how to tell the “story” that conveys the meaning of the data.
  • Learn how to give briefings and presentations in a way that allows you to lead your audience to understanding and implication rather than pure “facts”