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3 ways to progress your career in the Engineering industry

3 ways to progress your career in the Engineering industry

09 July 2024

Career progression. Something everyone wants but not everyone gets. To progress your career in any industry, you must be ambitious, independent, and driven to improve. The only way you can progress is if you put the work in to get there. But don’t worry, I’m here to help you and support you along the way.

Below, I’ve explained three simple yet specific ways in which you can progress your career in the Engineering and Technical industry while standing out from your competition.

Stay updated with industry trends

This sounds easy. And I know you’re probably thinking you already do it – but do you? The field of Engineering is constantly changing with new tools, methodologies, and innovations. You don’t want your skills to become outdated. Just because you read something last month doesn’t mean it’s still the same. The industry is evolving quicker than you think!

Oh, and remember to talk to people about your learnings. Be known as an expert in your industry and become a go-to on a topic within the sector. These are the times you’ll become front of mind for any promotions in the future. Who’s already helping the team? Staying up to date with industry news? It’s you! And you’ll likely get the first call-up for a promotion with this in mind.

Gain practical experience

This one is all about enthusiasm. Be enthusiastic about the hands-on projects you could be involved with. Even if your team isn’t working on the project, ask questions, offer advice, listen to the challenges, and see if you can help overcome them.

I know everyone isn’t in the position to be able to volunteer their time on projects, but if you are and want to show your extended passion for the sector you work in, add this to your to-do list!

Networking

Don’t underestimate the power of networking. Building an army of people who will recommend you is an impactful tool within any industry, especially when you want to progress your career in the Engineering sector. Start thinking about what you can add to a networking community rather than just take out, that’s when people will recongise you and the value you add instead of just telling them.

Some of the best business partnerships we hear about are built off the back of networking. Remember, sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s who you know!

If you are in the Engineering and Technical industry and ready to take the next step to progress your career, there are definitely some starting points for you in the article above. However, if you are looking for further support, our team of specialist Engineering and Technical consultants are here to guide you through the process of finding your next role, in a business that aligns with your values and goals – just get in touch!