Tips to help engineers communicate like leaders

You may have the technical skills under your belt, but that doesn’t mean you’re ready to step into a leadership position just yet. To be a good leader – meaning the kind of leader your team wants to listen to and be led by – you’ll need to develop strong communication skills.

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Why you need a Master of Engineering Management

If you’ve ever wondered how a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) differs from a Master of Engineering, you’re not alone. The main difference lies in the skills an MEM can provide. While an engineering degree will develop the skills necessary to become a high-performing engineer, you may find yourself thrown into the deep end when it comes to managing a team and keeping projects on budget.

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Entering into engineering management

Engineering management is a much broader field than you might think. According to research, founders and CEOs are more likely to have a postgraduate engineering degree than an MBA. Especially in the ITS and social industries, where having technical knowledge can be a real leg-up.

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Building a successful engineering startup

There’s no right or wrong way to create startup success – just think, so many successful startups like Uber or Spotify, for example, are built on embracing the unknown. But what we do know is that they are more than just ping pong tables, bean bags and free food, particularly for an engineering venture.

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Managing those who’d rather manage themselves

For some, managing a personality type that is process-driven and strictly detail-oriented, like an engineer, is a dream. For others, it is frustratingly difficult. As the workplace becomes increasingly dependent on engineers — think software development or the Government’s national science and innovation agenda — managers must adapt to various engineer personalities to unlock their potential.

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Driving women to compete in a male-dominated field

There’s no doubt that you need grit and determination to forge a career in engineering; but the rewards make all the hard work involved well worth it. So why is this lucrative profession still dominated by men? Some say it is inaccessibility, some say it’s opportunity. Whatever the reasoning, there is evidence the tide is turning.

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