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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Should You Get Your PE?

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The Professional Engineer (PE) license is not required, for engineers but it helps them prove their skills and expertise, allows them to advance higher up the ladder, boosts marketability – and often boosts salary. But becoming a PE is no easy feat. It takes a great deal of time, money and resources, which leaves many… Read more »

Finding a Work-Life Balance in Your Engineering Career

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Mobile technology has afforded modern professionals much more flexibility and connectivity when it comes to getting work done, but when you can carry your office around in your pocket and your boss and colleagues can reach you any time of day, work-life balance suffers. Use these tips to set boundaries and find better balance in… Read more »

Interviewing for Soft Skills

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When evaluating engineering candidates, technical skills are the highest priority. However, soft skills should be of equal importance. While you can teach someone a new software program or a best practice, you can’t teach them how to think critically, act with confidence, read other people’s emotions or change their deep-rooted values. Someone who checks off… Read more »