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Managing a Burned-Out Team

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Burnout is a very real phenomenon that impacts overworked professionals and causes mental exhaustion, physical exhaustion and even depression. Research shows that burnout leads to decreased productivity and lack of engagement, and burnout can actually spread among a team. A single burned out employee can start a domino effect of stress and exhaustion. If you… Read more »

Engineering Job Options: Structural Engineer

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Structural engineering is a specialized branch of the broader field of civil engineering. These professionals design buildings of all sizes from shopping malls to office complexes to skyscrapers, sports complexes and more. Design is a critical element of the job, as structural engineers are responsible for the structural integrity of a building. The structures they… Read more »

Dealing With a Bad Boss

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Getting along with your boss is necessary in order to be happy at work and important to long-term career advancement. But when your boss is bad or even toxic, it negatively impacts your ability to perform. Whether your manager is a micromanager, an aggressive taskmaster or just a run-of-the-mill jerk, use these tips to navigate… Read more »

What to Do If You Feel Underqualified at Work

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Starting a new engineering job is exciting, but also stressful. That stress can be compounded when you settle in and think you may be underqualified for the new role. If you feel you are in over your head and suspect you might not be qualified for your job, here are some things to consider. Hiring… Read more »

Motivating Your Team to Go Above and Beyond

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It’s great when engineering teams meet expectations, carrying out their tasks and responsibilities and achieving their defined goals. When a team is clicking along and doing the minimum, everything runs smoothly, but in order for the company to gain a true competitive edge, employees need to go above and beyond. How do you motivate people… Read more »

Engineering Job Options: Transportation Engineer

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Transportation Engineers design new transportation infrastructure like highways, airports, railways and more. These critical professionals are responsible for analyzing data and solving problems related to traffic flow, costs, hazards, etc. They are often tasked with collaborating with government agencies, utility companies and other engineering firms. These engineering professionals work both in an office setting and… Read more »

How to Overcome a Mistake at a New Job

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Making a mistake when you’re new on the job can be a nerve-wracking experience. No one wants to let down their new team, and mistakes can be embarrassing and difficult to rise above. The good news? No one expects you to be perfect when you’re new to a team, and one mistake won’t derail your… Read more »

Do You Have Your 5-Year Plan Ready?

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In every job interview you’ve ever participated in, you’ve probably been asked, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Having a five-year plan in place isn’t just about formulating a great answer to that question, it’s also practical for your engineering career. If you don’t have your five-year plan in place, follow these steps… Read more »

Red Flags to Watch out for During an Interview

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Hiring and retaining engineering talent is no easy feat. First, you must find someone with the right skills for each role, but you also have to be mindful of the candidate’s personality and their cultural alignment. While it’s necessary to focus on the positives, it’s equally important to watch out for red flags that could… Read more »

Engineering Job Options: Electrical Engineer

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Electrical engineers create, design, implement and test electrical systems of all sizes and scopes. They can be found in almost every industry, and because the field is so wide, there is a lot of opportunity for talented engineers to specialize and design their own careers. Regardless of an electrical engineer’s specialization, they must be highly… Read more »