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The soft skills needed to develop a career in Engineering

There has never been a better time to be an engineer. It’s a candidate-driven market and new technologies mean that there are a growing number of opportunities for individuals with the right qualifications, training, or experience.

Technical skills alone are often no longer sufficient to land your dream job, however, with many employers digging deeper into those soft skills that make an individual more attractive to hire, and crucially, a more rounded engineer.

Here are those soft skills that are key to a thriving career in engineering:

Communication

Engineering is often about the inner workings or finer details but being able to effectively communicate to colleagues and/or clients is important, whether that’s verbally or written.

Practice being able to deliver highly technical information in as simple a way as possible to communicate in a clear and positive way.

Organisation

Organisation skills can be technical, but there are non-technical skills such as punctuality and the ability to manage your tasks and workload effectively.

Time management, goal setting, planning, and prioritising are all soft skills that go hand in hand with being organised.

Teamwork

There are many engineering tasks that can – and will – be done alone. However, most larger tasks or projects can’t be done by one person.

And that means teamwork is usually a non-negotiable soft skill with employers keen to see tasks being achieved both independently and alongside colleagues.

Problem Solving

Weighing up the pros and cons of every situation and finding the most effective path with the least risk involved is something both employers and employees want.

The ability to solve problems means that not every single issue lands on a project manager’s doorstep and the ability to problem solve helps projects run more smoothly.

Leadership

You don’t have to be in a managerial position to be a leader. Being a leader is about when and how often to get involved in a certain task, setting the right example, and helping to motivate others.

Creativity and Adaptability

Every single project will be unique, whether that is because of requirements, the tools at your disposal or location, and an engineer needs to devise a creative solution.

Being able to adapt creatively to any challenge that comes your way is highly valued by employers.


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