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When students consider their career options, it's difficult for them to envision the road ahead and know if it's the right choice, or determine the best way to prepare for success. But the people who have been at that crossroads before can provide valuable insight that makes the choice easier.
We asked the ASME.org Community Participants to think back to their days before they were engineers and tell us what they'd wish they'd known then. Here are their top five responses:
What do you wish you'd known? Tell us in the comments!
This summer, we're turning a spotlight on your choices for which mechanical engineer had the most impact on manufacturing! Last month we shared some quick points about Frederick Winslow Taylor, and this month we highlight one of the innovators who inspired the Industrial Revolution, James Watt. Here's what you need to know about this founding father of steam power:
For more on James Watt, read the ASME biography.
Have another vote for the most influential mechanical engineer in manufacturing? Tell us in the comments!
ASME's Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) provides a platform for students with engineering savvy to show their design and teamwork skills as they innovate and build sustainable transportation. Now, it is making its way around the world! With two US events and one each in India, Latin America, and Mexico, there's more opportunity than ever to get engaged with ASME and compete in HPVC.
When we asked which mechanical engineer had the most impact on manufacturing, you shared a wide range of answers, from current leaders in the field to historical innovators. This month, we focus on a popular response, Frederick Winslow Taylor. Here are five facts to know about this significant manufacturing figure:
For more on Frederick Winslow Taylor, read the ASME biography.
The mechanical engineering landscape is constantly changing, and the chance to make a profound difference can develop in an instant. We asked the ASME.org Community Participants where the most opportunities would arise, and here's what you said:
We got lots of write-in answers—here are some of the most popular:
Think we got it wrong? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Engineering is a profession that inspires so much innovation, but what inspires mechanical engineers to do their amazing work? We asked Participants what they loved most about being a mechanical engineer, and here's what you had to say:
Selected write-in answers:
Let us know your thoughts on this month's question: Which industry has the most opportunities for engineers?
Share your opinions on February's question: What do you love most about being a mechanical engineer?
Thank you for being a part of the ASME.org Community and sharing your voice with all of us—and best wishes for a joyous 2016!
The world of engineering is vast, as is the depth of information about the industry. This month, we asked ASME.org Participants what engineering topics you wanted to hear more about. Here's how you responded:
Chime in on this month's question: Are you making resolutions for the new year?
Share your thoughts on this month's question: What engineering topics do you want to hear more about?
To stay relevant in an ever-changing field, engineers are constantly building their skill set. This month, we asked ASME.org Participants what skills you were working on. Here's how you responded:
Share your thoughts on this month's question: What engineering skills are you working to improve?
We asked, and you answered! June's question of the month for the ASME.org Community was "How can mechanical engineering make the most global impact?" Here's what you said:
Share your thoughts on this month's question: What inspired you to become a mechanical engineer?
To plan strategically for your career growth, there are three simple rules to keep in mind:
First, start now. Meaning, don’t wait until circumstances force you to begin looking for a new job. You’re much better off starting while you have one.
Second, look inside and out. By virtue of already being on the payroll, you may have a leg up on outsiders when jobs arise where you currently work. So make checking company job postings a scheduled activity of your week, and pick up what you can from the grapevine.
Third, Use the resources you have available now. To the extent your present job allows, beef up your skills. Ask for assignments outside your current scope. Volunteer for new projects. Take relevant classes.
The good news is you have an additional resource to leverage that most jobseekers don’t: the ASME.org Community. Here are just a few of the ways you can use it to energize your search:
For more ideas on getting ahead in the workforce, check out “Advancing Your Career.”
To take advantage of the ASME.org Community for your job search, login to your account now.
Whatever your present level of involvement in social media, from “heavy” to “none,” it’s important for you to know how useful this tool is in job-hunting. If you’ve only dipped into social media and find the prospect of going in deeper daunting, don’t be intimidated; preteens have mastered it, and so will you.
Plus, you have a powerful social-media resource that’s unavailable to most others: the ASME.org Community. These are your peers—highly directed members of your profession, many with similar interests and goals, with experiences they’re ready to share.
As a group, engineers tend to have an above-average focus on precision and efficiency. And social media, used smartly, can be a quick, efficient conduit to a world of job-relevant data. The key: scheduling your time—there are apps to help you with this—and sticking to your schedule.
Your ASME.org Community Profile is the right place to start. The first step is simply to recognize that this can be a lot more than just a place to stick a resume and hope somebody notices it. For starters:
You can turn social media into a real career tool. For more ideas, check out “Social Media and Your Job Search.”
Written by Charles Marshall, independent writer.
There’s a lot of talent out there on the job market. To compete, you need to clarify what you offer that sets you apart from the crowd. And as “Managing Brand You” notes, the word brand no longer applies only to dishwasher liquids, frozen foods, and the world of inanimate products; it’s about what you need to create to boost your odds of success: Brand You.
There’s a great deal of advice on offer, and an abundance of candidates for every job. But you have a powerful resource most others don’t: the ASME.org Community, and your Community Profile.
This is a space of, by and for engineers. Put it to work for you!
Read more on ASME.org.
First, thank you for becoming part of the ASME.org Community. The Community benefits from having you as a Participant; now’s the time for you to start taking advantage of the benefits participation brings to you. Why wait?
Let’s begin at the beginning by stating the obvious. You’re an engineer. What that says about you is that you didn’t just want a job—you wanted a career, with all that implies in the way of knowledge, continuous growth, service, and—yes—respect.
Underscoring your commitment to an engineering career, you joined the ASME.org Community. By joining, you immediately became an important part of a network of over 50,000 fellow Participants: people you will come to know as colleagues, mentors, mentees, thought leaders, industry innovators, or all of these. And let’s not overlook friends; many lasting friendships have had their beginnings within the community of ASME, and will continue to thrive on the ASME.org Community.
What you have a click away, then, is a powerful resource, ready to be tapped, that dovetails with your own knowledge, your own career goals.
So, first came the choice of an engineering career. Then, participation in the Community. The logical third step in your career path is to start using this ready resource.
How, exactly, do you use it? We’ll be sharing tips on that subject in the months to come. First installment: networking.
Get the basics: learn how to "Never Stop Networking."
Then, find out how to apply these insights to the ASME.org Community and "Grow Your Network."
The following updates have been made to the ASME.org community space:
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about these changes!