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Let me start this post by saying, Happy New Year to the Civil Engineering Central community. I wish you all a happy, healthy and successful New Year! Success being whatever you define it to be, since it is different for everyone.
I’d like to share with you 3 ways that I have seen civil engineers impede their career advancement in hopes that you can avoid the same mistakes.
1. Not saying “Thank You.” It should be obvious to say “Thank You” to your co-workers when they help you out. Whether it’s a supervisor that took the time to mentor you or an administrative assistant who typed up a report or proposal for you, it’s very important to thank them. Failure to express your gratitude can really impede your advancement because people won’t want to help you if they don’t feel appreciated.
2. Failure to Develop Your Communication Skills. Odds are there will come a time in your career when you will have to put down the calculator and communicate with your co-workers, clients and even prospective clients (yes business development). The sooner you acknowledge this and start to improve your communication skills, the better. There are plenty of courses, clubs and books that can help you do this like Toastmasters and the Dale Carnegie courses. These developmental programs will not only improve your communication, but also increase your confidence. By doing this in your career, the earlier the better, you can skip a few steps on the corporate ladder and advance quicker than most civil engineers.
3. Place Self-Created Limitations on Yourself. This is one of the easiest and most common ways to impede your career development and people do it every day. We put limitations on where we can take our career for many different reasons. For example, a young engineer might have listened to a friend who told him or her that there is no money in the engineering field, therefore he or she reduces their salary goal accordingly. An unemployed civil engineer may give up looking for a job because they let the economy be an excuse or limitation. These are only a few examples but this happens everyday in the corporate world and it is very disheartening. I urge you to believe in yourself and always know that you can create the future that you desire.
I hope these points are helpful. Please feel free to share your experiences or provide any other career development impediments that you have seen or experienced. Thanks!