Monday, 2 June 2008
I recently had the pleasure of reading a new book, Career Success in Engineering -- A Guide for Students and New Professionals, co-written by the current president of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Bernard R. Berson, and Douglas D. Benner. The book is filled with numerous beneficial suggestions on how to advance your career, from the fundamentals to specific engineering-career guidance. Some of the suggestions for getting off on the right foot at a new job include, "be early to work," "focus on the quality of your work," "make a concerted effort to understand how your work impacts the overall product or project," "learn to be business oriented" and "be open to ideas for everywhere." The book goes on to discuss company organizational structures and how different organizations function. Another good section outlines the advantages of a masters degree in engineering as well as the merits of holding an MBA degree.
I especially liked the discussion of project teams. The book's sound advice is to learn early how to be a team player and understand the role of each member of the team. The book presents the various pros and cons of engineers in industry, private practice, construction, government and education. It also provides excellent tips on how to do a resume and interviewing skills.
One of the book's major sections is on career planning and setting your own goals and personal vision. I know that when our immediate Past President Bill Marcuson speaks to students, he always emphasizes the theme of establishing a plan or goal for your career. The book is an easy read and I would recommend it to not only students, but also those just entering into the engineering profession.