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Tips for Growing as an Engineer | Kelly Hansard

A career in engineering can be challenging, especially if it’s your first job. It can be hard to find the time and energy to grow. Here are five tips to help you get started on your path of growth.

Find and Close Gaps

It’s common to get confused with technical terms in meetings, especially when your teammates are throwing around terms. Learning to acknowledge the lack of knowledge can help you get on with the job.

When catching phrases that are repeated several times, it’s important to pay attention to what’s happening to keep track of important details. Having a diverse team can help you identify people who have the skills necessary to solve problems. Doing this is a great way to improve your knowledge in engineering, as it can expose you to new projects and ideas.

Take Ownership of Something and Make it Yours

Take ownership of a project and work on any tasks that are related to that area. This ensures the work is being done correctly and that the team is communicating with each other about the progress.

One of the easiest ways to recharge your trust is by delivering the work that you’re committed to. This ensures your team is aware of what’s happening and you’re communicating effectively with them.

Share What you Know With Others

One of the best ways to measure how much you’ve learned is by teaching someone else about the topic you’ve learned. This method works even better if you’re able to explain it to someone who has little or no prior knowledge of the topic.

Track Your Progress and Share It

It’s important to make sure all team members know what’s happening with you and what you’re learning. This ensures everyone is aware of what’s happening with you and what you’re achieving.

Being an advocate for yourself is a must-have in today’s world. Having a good example of your work to share is a great way to get recognized for it.

Become a Leader and a Mentor

After a long time of training, volunteer to be a mentor or a buddy to an intern. They’ll learn valuable skills and experience new things, just as you did. Doing these will help build your leadership skills.

You have to be intentional about your professional development goals to achieve them. Creating a professional development plan is a great way to set yourself up for success.

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Published by Kelly Hansard

Kelly Hansard works out of Austin, Texas, as a Senior Program Manager for BMC Software. BMC is an American enterprise software company offering software and services meant to solve IT issues for business leaders. In Kelly’s role here, she has worked diligently to develop deliverables, frameworks and training for customer value organization. She also launched a new customer-facing team. Other successes of hers in this role include managing the integration of a $2 billion acquisition across 21 work-streams, achieving target KPIs and successfully transitioning employees and systems. In the past, Kelly also worked as a Project Engineer and Hydrogeologist. As technology continues to evolve, Kelly wishes to stay at the forefront of her industry, continually educating herself on new innovations and ways of doing work. Learn more at!

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