One would think that the most technically-skilled engineer will become the most successful. Because after all, the profession requires technical competencies.
But having such skill can only get you so far.
If you look at the most successful engineers today, it’s not all about the engineering expertise that led them to their successes. It’s actually about being a well-rounded engineer having a variety of skills, a good grasp of work ethics, and attitude towards the job.
Other than the technical skills, here are the key abilities that you should possess to excel at work:
Always Motivated and Determined
Without the motivation and determination at work, engineers are bound to fail eventually. This should be a consistent mindset for engineers so they are productive and efficient with whatever they do. You will slowly become irrelevant if you do not use your skills and hone your potentials.
Having a Sense of Direction or Focus
Engineers should have goals and targets. And you should never lose sight at them so you will be able to succeed. Having a sense of direction or focus allows you to be the best engineer that you can be.
Ability to Communicate
When you are able to read, write, speak, and listen carefully, you help foster a good working relationship at work. This is a critical element since it enables the engineers to be productive and do their jobs effectively. A poor ability to communicate could pose serious problems especially when executing tasks.
Knowing How to Deal with Problems
As engineers, you are bound to solve a wide variety of problems. This is not exclusive to technical matters, but it also includes work conflicts, difficulties in meeting deadlines, and handling people. When you are a manager, you need to have this skill.
Taking Some Time to Destress
While this is not really considered a skill, it is worth noting that the most successful engineers also take some time off of work. This is to keep themselves sane because they know that being involved at work 24/7 could have serious health implications. With stress being a basic component of engineering work, it is indeed important to detach yourself from your job from time to time.