Engineering Skills needed to Stand Out

April 8th, 2016

Modern day gives no certainty for young engineering’s that hope to work in one place to actually go through with it, because there is no guarantee an employer would want that let alone support retirement. In the engineering field, it’s no different, despite a history in which Baby Boomers were able to forge long, stable careers in the big-four engineering disciplines (civil, mechanical, industrial, and electrical). Engineering opportunity, of course, is still there.There is even a  huge demand for engineers is expected to grow by eleven percent, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers that report engineering majors as rank second in the most in-demand skill sets. However, It’s not just a about the technical skills anymore even if it still holds an importance. Across all industries today, every employer looks for candidates with the more elusive soft skills.

To start, there must be a fundamental shift in the way we understand how work is getting done in the engineering environment today. Even with an abundance of jobs, this new dynamic is making the engineering labor market competitive, as we begin to understand that a job well done often requires far more changeable inputs in the way we relate to people and circumstances. So if engineers can master a dynamic set of both technical and soft skills, employers will consider them as a valuable team member and job candidate.

There are important movements that needs to always be updated in he engineering field, including an increasingly multi generational workforce and a global business climate in which project work with mobile teams.Baby Boomers that are more likely to be far more traditional in keeping their work and social lives separate, while new young workers are far more likely to think of work as an extension of their lifestyles. Employees who can bridge their communication styles with all kinds of colleagues are valuable to employers, who are equally challenged by this dynamic, multi generational mix of workers as well.

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