Every Successful Engineer Follows These 6 Tips

Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Steve Jobs are doing these.


At least once in their college lives, engineering students have thought about their future in the field and have become worried about what lies ahead. Concerns about employment, financial stability, and relationships are indeed baffling, especially during early adulthood. While developing foresight with their careers usually ends with confusion, it is actually a good thing; because it only means they answer the call for an existential obligation.

This is also true for the young and old engineers who have already been immersed in the engineering industry. There is still so much to absorb about the complexities of life while getting to that success status. Engineer who are adults tend to have that maturity in leading the life to a successful career.

Whether you are an engineering student or engineer, these tips will greatly change your career path if you follow them:

Choose meaningful work. Jobs where there is fulfilment are the best jobs for any engineer, especially those which are philanthropic in nature. You have to factor the areas you are passionate about, so you being an engineer is all worth it. This is one of the greatest measures of an engineer’s success.

Build or join a great team. Before you consider entering a company or transferring from your present job, think about which workplace, including the people in it, will value your work. They don’t have to be perfect. Simply observe if the boss, the workmates, and the job have outstanding qualities that match yours then go ahead. A successful career does not build from toxic companies.

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Work hard. Any engineering job nowadays demands a lot from the worker, and most days you have to give in – because that’s its nature. The engineering work cannot adjust but you have to. It takes a lot of sweat before you reach that pinnacle of success, so you also have to be patient while at it. Thomas Edison could not have said it better, “Genius is one percent perspiration, ninety percent perspiration.”

Think positive. Winners never think about their failures as hindrances, but instead opportunities to become better. That goes with successful engineers. Do you really think Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, or Steve Jobs have been that successful if they settled with pessimism? I don’t think so. You have to pair your optimism with a grasp of reality though.

Trust your instincts. At times when there is uncertainty, you have to follow your gut. Some days that is where the greatest opportunity comes, and there you will find success. When you make decisions with incomplete information, trust your instincts. Sometimes, it’s about, “I just know.”

Don’t forget to have fun. You are a human first, an engineer second. You have more pursuits in life to follow, and you can do that while being an engineer. Success comes when you find that balance

Dion Greg Reyes
A young civil engineer finding his place in the industry. Pilipino.

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Every Successful Engineer Follows These 6 Tips

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