The economic conditions and the business needs, today, demand professionals who have learning agility, to add extreme value to a business. Learning agility is what has surpassed other requirements like, additional responsibilities, extending your shifts and meeting the employer’s expectations.
As an electrical engineer, you need to commit yourself to a job as well as commit to your self development, which can be only performed when you have a never ending drive to excel and an unsatisfied urge to know more and more. These are the factors that would not only lead you to the apex, but will also help you remain employable throughout the lifetime of your career, as you would be always updated with the latest happenings in your domain, around the world.
Developing Your Forte & Personal Brand
These two aspects are interrelated, once you have developed an expertise or niche skills, then they can back your own personal brand. A personal brand is all about, what all you offer, to earn a reputation for yourself as a reputed electrical engineer.
There are certain ways, which are tried and tested by professionals who have made it to the top. As a fresher in an electrical engineering job, once you have your foot in the door, it’s time to put your nose to the grindstone.
First things first, try to learn whatever comes your way or whatever captivates your interests. Soaking every drop of knowledge should be your daily task. Furthermore, ask someone to mentor you. As a mentor will help you making the right choice and will guide you to your career goals.
Surprisingly, there are more conferences and associations for electrical engineers than the organizations, which hire them. Attending conferences and events shall help you keep abreast of all the recent developments in your domain, as well as shall serve you with opportunities to build your own network of electrical engineers or industry experts.
Maintaining the Momentum
Assuming that you have created your own personal brand, now is the time when you would need to nurture it. The key here is to get noticed and being a thought leader, which you can do by, creating your own blog, where you can share your insights and know-how. Giving back to the electrical engineering community shall be your primary objective, which will cement your reputation as a proficient and knowledgeable electrical engineer. Find yourself guest speaking gigs, that will help you market yourself, in an indirect manner.
Career development is a long-term process be it an electrical engineering job or an accountant job. A professional’s motivation, learning agility and networking abilities, are the constituents of the recipe for success. It’s the right time to get started and to take steps towards creating your personal brand and climb to the top of your career ladder.