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Career Smart July 27, 2022

Why your next new hire should be an intern

If you don’t already, invite a high school or college student to shadow you for a day

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart July 27, 2022

Taking ownership of your career

When beginning your career journey, it's important to learn, absorb, engage and grow to find success and thrive. Four tips are highlighted.

By Dewberry
Career Smart May 5, 2021

Women in healthcare design are making an impact

Abbie Clary, director of CannonDesign's global health practice, discusses the future of healthcare design, what it takes for women to lead in male-dominated industries and more. See video.

By CannonDesign
Career Smart April 16, 2021

How remote working helps people share knowledge, experiences

Working remotely is forcing people to collaborate and coming up with more innovation solutions in new ways, which can inspire and build confidence in a team.

By Jean Huang
Career Smart February 23, 2021

Teambuilding strategies to optimize talent

Building the foundation for a strong team requires a clear vision and recognizing the unique talents and skills each worker brings and optimizing them for the entire team.

By Lisa Roger
Career Smart June 12, 2020

Learn from one another whenever possible

Engineers, regardless of their skill or experience, can always learn something new and should strive to gain knowledge from all corners to be a better employee and mentor/mentee.

By Sid Pandey
Career Smart April 13, 2020

Why women are creating new paths in the construction industry

Women are paving new roads in and beyond the construction industry, and are helping change leadership and inspiration

By Wendy Montgomery
Career Smart April 6, 2020

Career advice for aspiring engineers

Southland Industries engineers provide insight and career advice on what it means to be an engineer

By Andy Reed
Career Smart March 25, 2020

Why engineers should get involved

Whether it is with a professional organization, within your community or in the workplace, getting involved can open many doors for young professionals

By Daniel Hyla
Career Smart January 10, 2020

How my study abroad experience has helped me in the workforce

When I found out about the opportunity to join around 40 other students on a trip across Europe to study architecture from the other side of the world, I figured I would give it a shot.

By John White
Career Smart December 11, 2019

Three pieces of advice for taking a leadership role in your professional association

Here are the three most important steps to take to position yourself for a leadership role in your association of choice.

By John Boulé
Career Smart December 4, 2019

How can I manage change successfully within my organization?

Are there qualities that a leader needs to have to successfully manage change?

By Lisa Roger
Career Smart October 4, 2019

Improving your client’s experience

We know that a strong client experience is what keeps clients happy. But what we’ve wrestled with is learning what the best client experience looks like, because often it can look different for each client.

By Lacey Martin, Devin Keeler, Elizabeth Scarce
Career Smart September 19, 2019

Communicating with fellow engineers

What’s the best way to connect? Like many other responses to questions about engineering, the answer is “it depends”

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart September 10, 2019

Why Talent Strategy Should Influence Organizational Strategy and Master Planning Efforts

As organizations refine their long-term strategies, the emphasis on integrating talent, technology, and real estate perspectives into master planning efforts becomes critical.

By Swapna Sathyan, MBA
Career Smart August 28, 2019

So, now what do I do with my degree?

Young professionals are overwhelmed with the amount of knowledge, skills and experience they are expected to have as soon as their degree is conferred upon them

By Minh Q. Vu, EIT, Twin Rivers Engineering Consultants, Des Moines, Iowa
Career Smart June 27, 2019

International project management with Dave George, Architecture and Engineering Program Management Expert

It’s critical that you incorporate the host nation’s requirements and that your designs are constructible in that country.

By Dave George, Architecture and Engineering Program Management Expert
Career Smart June 21, 2019

Owner Perspective: Project Success Hinges on Partnership at All Levels

With innovations in technology, there is not a single person on a new project that understands 100% of all the building systems and how they work together.

By James Pease
Career Smart June 13, 2019

Demystifying the Translational Workplace: Six Strategies for Open Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

The 21st century has seen remarkable healthcare breakthroughs. These advances are largely driven by the speed at which organizations can translate scientific discoveries to applications that benefit patients and communities.

By Abigail Clary and Chris Lambert
Career Smart May 23, 2019

How to retain and recall what you read

Follow these three steps to remember what you’ve read or learned.

By Syed Peeran, Ph.D., PE, Boston
Career Smart April 25, 2019

Using lean methods to find process improvements

Be involved in improving the work environment around you.

By Brandon Zeleniak, Southland Industries, Las Vegas
Career Smart April 16, 2019

Hear from an engineer: What does the future have in store

In honor of Engineers Week, we asked several professionals around the country to share a piece of advice with the next generation of engineers and pick out what future engineering technology they are most excited for.

By Rachel Vandenberg, Rafal Wojcik, Sam Franzen, Kevin Wood, Sean O’Connell, Peter Garvey, and Kevin Marley
Career Smart April 12, 2019

The Workplace Tango: How to Leverage Design and Culture’s Two-Way Relationship for Better Workplaces

Far too often, company leaders view the workplace as a container that responds to existing culture and not a change agent to inspire culture change.

By Swapna Sathyan
Career Smart March 29, 2019

Keeping relevant

Staying up-to-date with engineering trends will allow you to quickly shift if change is necessary.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart March 26, 2019

The Benefits of Keeping MEP and Civil Engineering Under One Roof

The ongoing cooperation between MEP and civil engineering teams keeps projects more organized, transparent, and cost-effective.

By RTM Associates
Career Smart January 23, 2019

How to grow and manage a successful co-op/internship program

Consider factors that make your co-op program unique from other engineering firms.

By Kirstie Nugent, RMF Engineering, Raleigh, N.C.
Career Smart January 11, 2019

Set new engineering habits

These four engineering trends may help you decide what to change in the new year.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart November 29, 2018

Finding purpose in a job

What keeps an employee happy? It turns out it’s not just money.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart November 13, 2018

Salaries fall slightly, job outlook remains high

Job satisfaction is high, and employees are generally positive. Compare your salary and company structure to find out where you stand against others in your field.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart October 4, 2018

Don’t reinvent the wheel, refine the heck out of it

Arriving at the final answer can be arduous and time consuming without a path to follow.

By Howard Sneider
Career Smart October 3, 2018

AEC industry strategy briefing: fat and happy? Get back to the gym

Watch this video to learn more about how to keep your engineering firm in good shape.

By Morrissey Goodale
Career Smart September 27, 2018

AEC Industry Strategy Briefing: Negative Assessments. Pure Gold!

Learn how to react to negative assessments in a way that will benefit you and your firm.

By Morrissey Goodale
Career Smart August 28, 2018

Who’s going to take your job?

Older workers are retiring, and there are too few junior team members to take their places.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart August 1, 2018

Women in engineering Q&A

Contributed by Katherine Dewkett, Lynne Putnam, Kelly Rosofsky, Crystal Weatherington, Rachel Vandenberg, Josephine Schuster, Pamela Kistner & Jamie Moehling

By Dewberry
Career Smart July 13, 2018

Three ways to prepare your firm for sale

Business owners need to maintain proper reporting and financials, build a forecast, and build trusted relationships.

By Neil Churman, 7 Mile Advisors
Career Smart June 14, 2018

Tracking the fitness of buildings

Without measurement and verification, even the most efficient product or system won’t do the trick.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Career Smart May 24, 2018

Engineering—a vocation and a vision

Engineers and building professionals often see themselves as fulfilling a vocation. But there are not enough junior-level people to fill in the gaps.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Career Smart May 21, 2018

What millennials expect in the workforce

Organizations need to adapt and understand what millennials want in a work environment.

By Andrea Olson, Pragmadik
Career Smart May 14, 2018

40 Under 40 winners shine

The 2018 40 Under 40 winners are full of knowledge, innovation, and exceptional dedication to buildings and engineering.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Career Smart April 27, 2018

A torturous, terrific tracking exercise

By tracking each little thing we did throughout the workday, we learned what was important—and how to shed the less important or time-wasting things.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart April 13, 2018

Six trends in engineering hiring for 2018 and beyond

In 2018, engineering companies are shifting their tactics when it comes to hiring, and some of these trends may be surprising—even to those in the industry.

By Evan McDowell, Austin Nichols Technical Search, Kansas City, Mo.
Career Smart April 5, 2018

Choosing Engineering: Creating That Which has Never Been

Choosing Engineering as a career path means working to create new perspectives and opportunities.

By Katie Blair, Southland Industries
Career Smart April 3, 2018

Engineering Week: Changing the Conversation Around Engineering

Engineering is no longer exclusively for people who love science and math. Engineering can be a fulfilling career for creative types as well.

By Dawn Sera, Southland Industries
Career Smart February 9, 2018

New Year’s habits

Though Jan. 1 has come and gone, it’s never too late to start a habit that will benefit you in upcoming months.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Career Smart January 17, 2018

How parental leave policies can benefit your bottom line

Promoting a healthy work-life balance aids recruiting and retention for architecture and engineering firms.

By Michelle M. DeCarlo, PE, LEED AP BD+C; Jaros Baum & Bolles, New York City
Career Smart December 19, 2017

How to create productive working relationships

Understanding how to properly communicate with decision-makers is key to a successful building project.

By Richard D. Miller, PE, LEED AP BD+C, FASHRAE
Career Smart November 30, 2017

Profile of a consulting engineer

Building professionals continue to work more hours on smaller teams. What does your job look like?

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Career Smart November 10, 2017

How to instill work ethic into millennials

Work ethic is part of an individual's personal values and much like a company's corporate values, they must be taught and modeled daily.

By Ryan Jenkins
Career Smart October 31, 2017

Staffing disconnects

A recent research study shows there is a disconnect between what junior staff need and what they’re getting at their firm.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Career Smart September 22, 2017

Five tips on how to get published in trade publications

Expand your professional portfolio by contributing to trade magazines.

By Carl Friesen, Thought Leadership Resources, Mississauga, Ontario
Career Smart August 17, 2017

To mentor and be mentored: What does it really look like?

Debunking mentorship myths within the engineering industry.

By Rebecca Delaney, PE, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago
Career Smart July 24, 2017

Six principles for mastering the art of project management

Project managers reveal their secrets to success.

By Stephen McAdams, RMF Engineering, Baltimore
Career Smart June 29, 2017

Mentoring creates a competitive advantage

Developing and maintaining a mentoring program within an organization can help grow the bottom line.

By David Kurten PE, HDR Architecture Inc., Princeton, N.J.
Career Smart June 22, 2017

How engineering firms can enhance value through software and intellectual property

Enhanced technology will provide the tools to create more value for engineering firms.

By Neil Churman, Houston; and Andy Johnston, Charlotte, N.C. , 7 Mile Advisors
Career Smart June 12, 2017

Workplace insight: State of the American workplace

While the findings of Gallup's state of the American workplace report are great tools for creating productive and innovative workers, company-level assessments are necessary tools as well.

By Aisha Leverett, CannonDesign
Career Smart June 8, 2017

Balancing risk and reward while processing nondisclosure agreements in a M&A process

NDA documents are legal contracts that came take time to execute. Educated buyers and sellers can avoid some of these typical issues that challenge efficient processing and enable a smoother transaction.

By Chevonese Dacres, 7 Mile Advisors
Career Smart May 16, 2017

Three principles to successful project management

Respect, praise, and embracing grace is the foundation of effective leadership.

By Rebecca Delaney, PE, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago
Career Smart April 19, 2017

How to update your LinkedIn profile for career advancement

A LinkedIn profile can help position you for the next step in your career.

By Carl Friesen, Thought Leadership Resources, Mississauga, Ontario
Career Smart March 22, 2017

Top 4 job-hunting tips

Finding a job in engineering takes skill, focus, and persistence.

By Rebecca Delaney, PE, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago
Career Smart January 23, 2017

How to become an expert communicator

Having proper and effective communication skills—oral and written—are vital to career development.

By Syed Peeran, PE, PhD, CDM Smith, Boston
Career Smart December 27, 2016

How to develop a speech into a must-attend event

Understanding the audience is vital to a successful speech and growing your reputation within the industry.

By Carl Friesen, Thought Leadership Resources, Mississauga, Ontario
Career Smart December 15, 2016

Building a winning team

Mentoring, training, and educating entry- and mid-level engineering team members will pay off in the long run.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart November 21, 2016

Practicing the art of good research

In a growing digital age, engineers need to ditch the instant-gratification mentality and develop in-depth research skills.

By J. Patrick Banse, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
Career Smart October 31, 2016

The coming engineering shortage

The engineering industry must address the skills gap.

By Dan Carnovale, Eaton, Pittsburgh
Career Smart October 17, 2016

The recipe to becoming a principal engineer

Start developing your skill set early.

By Mitesh Smart, PE, LEED AP, RTM Engineering Consultants, Orlando, Fla.
Career Smart September 22, 2016

The culture of successful leadership

Everything about business begins with people.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Consultants for Education, Manitou Springs, Colo.
Career Smart September 21, 2016

Justify your actions

Unless more of us step up and take action in our company, community, and country, indifference will simply take over and not a lot will get done.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief, Content Strategy Leader
Career Smart September 12, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, September 5-11: Lowering fan energy use, avoid self-sabotaging your engineering career, LED lighting specifications, more

Articles about lowering fan energy use, avoid self-sabotaging your engineering career, LED lighting specifications, MEP Giants, and LEDs for retrofit projects were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, September 5-11. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Career Smart August 18, 2016

Selecting education to enhance your career

Consulting engineers have a wealth of options to expand their knowledge: webcasts, in-person education, and manufacturers’ coursework.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Career Smart August 18, 2016

How to avoid self-sabotaging your engineering career

Avoiding certain mindsets can mean professional success in your engineering career.

By Syed Peeran, PE, PhD, CDM Smith, Boston
Career Smart July 29, 2016

The future of professional engineers: talent and career preparation

Young engineers are an important resource for firms—recruiting, training, and retaining fresh talent is important for a company’s future success. Here, engineers with experience in attracting and developing new talent share advice to help their professional development while increasing their value to the company. Many professional engineers practice various methods to reach out to new, potential talent and have great industry advice.

By CFE Media
Career Smart July 28, 2016

The future of professional engineers: communication

Young engineers are an important resource for firms—recruiting, training, and retaining fresh talent is important for a company’s future success. Here, engineers with experience in attracting and developing new talent share advice to help their professional development while increasing their value to the company. Engineering firms address how senior and new talent communicate.

By CFE Media
Career Smart July 27, 2016

The future of professional engineers: retention

Young engineers are an important resource for firms—recruiting, training, and retaining fresh talent is important for a company’s future success. Here, engineers with experience in attracting and developing new talent share advice to help their professional development while increasing their value to the company. Engineering firms also discuss how they are retaining new talent and the progress of young engineers.

By CFE Media
Career Smart July 25, 2016

The future of professional engineers: training and mentoring

Young engineers are an important resource for firms—recruiting, training, and retaining fresh talent is important for a company’s future success. Here, engineers with experience in attracting and developing new talent share advice to help their professional development while increasing their value to the company. Engineering firms have a number of different training programs, formal, and informal mentoring programs for new talent.

By CFE Media
Career Smart July 19, 2016

The future of professional engineers: recruitment

Young engineers are an important resource for firms—recruiting, training, and retaining fresh talent is important for a company’s future success. Here, engineers with experience in attracting and developing new talent share advice to help their professional development while increasing their value to the company. Many engineers have varying methods regarding how they recruit new talent.

By CFE Media
Career Smart July 14, 2016

New job launch control—a dissenting view

Make an impression that will last and don’t hold back.

By Wade W. Smith, PE, Wade W. Smith Consulting LLC, Chetek, Wis.
Career Smart June 27, 2016

Three tips to mull over when starting a project

Learn to communicate effectively throughout the life of a building project.

By Richard D. Miller, PE, LEED AP BD+C, FASHRAE, Construction-Engineering Consultan
Career Smart May 13, 2016

Three ways to ease succession planning

Address common challenges with ownership transition.

By Duane Pinnix, PE, CCP, RMF Engineering, Baltimore
Career Smart May 3, 2016

Support power engineers of the future, today

The IEEE Power & Energy Society consists of more than 33,000 power engineering technical professionals worldwide. Deadline for IEEE PES Scholarship application is June 30.

By Wanda Reder, S&C Electric
Career Smart April 25, 2016

Are you a 21st-century leader?

Leaders can position themselves as leaders, rather than waiting.

By Ayelet Baron, CreatingIs, Danville, Calif.
Career Smart March 25, 2016

Finding passion in your work

Time for a gut check: Are you passionate about what you do?

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart March 21, 2016

Five tips for hiring the right talent

Don’t lose the war for engineering talent. Staffing plans facilitate company growth.

By Derwin Irvine, Morrissey Goodale, Newton, Mass
Career Smart February 17, 2016

Changing the narrative

Rethinking ways to attract and retain African-American women in academic engineering — while understanding the intersection of race and gender — has never been more important. These women are showing the way.

By Sandra Guy, SWE
Career Smart February 2, 2016

Begin as you mean to carry on

The first day on the job will set the tone for success.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart January 7, 2016

Pitching yourself and presenting your ideas effectively

Based upon a “classic” from the SWE Learning Center webinar series, timeless insights on how to effectively present oneself bear repeating.

By SWE
Career Smart December 21, 2015

Lead your engineering firm into the future

Two ways to handle succession planning: prepare the next generation for leadership and attract talented millennials.

By Duane Pinnix, PE, CCP, RMF Engineering, Baltimore
Career Smart December 15, 2015

How to spot and tap emerging trends

Get ahead of the pack by proactively feeding your brain and passively recognizing emerging trends.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Consultants for Education, Manitou Springs, Colo.
Career Smart December 14, 2015

Workplace trends demand greater depth and breadth of skills

Success in today’s workplace calls for expanded capabilities, from demonstrating technical expertise to meeting with clients, or working with teams across disciplines, companies, and countries. The implications are vast, particularly for millennials.

By Sandra Guy, SWE
Career Smart December 10, 2015

Driven to win

Each year’s group of 40 Under 40 award winners stands above its peers professionally and personally. Do you know someone like this? Nominate them today.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Career Smart November 30, 2015

Women in engineering: a review of the 2014 literature

SWE’s assessment of the most significant research found in the past year’s social science literature on women engineers and women in STEM disciplines.

By Peter Meiksins, Kacey Beddoes, Peggy Layne, Maureen McCusker, Elsa Camargo
Career Smart November 30, 2015

Six ways to develop high-performance teams

Functional engineering teams must be built on a solid base.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart November 24, 2015

Three risks facing consulting engineers

Prepare for these business calamities to avoid risk.

By Ted Devine, Insureon, Chicago
Career Smart October 20, 2015

Expand responsibilities with business development

By standing out, engineers can make an impact at their firm.

By Robert Ward, PE, LEED GA, CannonDesign, Pittsburgh
Career Smart October 15, 2015

What employers want

Learn to balance both your technical and interpersonal skills.

By John Suzukida, PE, Lanex Consulting, Minneapolis
Career Smart September 25, 2015

Relax, rejuvenate, reinvigorate

American workers—engineers in particular—can benefit from taking a much-needed vacation.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Career Smart September 22, 2015

Five keys to selecting an equity partner

Selecting the right private equity partner is like getting married—know your partner.

By Jim Mahoney, Huron Capital Partners
Career Smart August 28, 2015

Your questions answered: How to thrive in the ‘nontraditional’ engineering work world

Engineers' jobs and workplaces are rapidly changing. Take this advice to ease the transition.

By John Suzukida, Lanex Consulting, Minneapolis
Career Smart August 19, 2015

Inspiration for innovation

Looking backward helps to see forward that innovation is needed, and that innovation needs hard work and collaboration.

By Amy Smith, PhD, University of Phoenix
Career Smart August 7, 2015

Your questions answered: Selling in or selling out: deciding which ownership transition path to take

What’s the succession plan for your engineering firm? Nick Belitz of Morrissey Goodale responds to unanswered questions from the July 31 webcast event.

By Nick Belitz, Morrissey Goodale, Denver
Career Smart July 16, 2015

It’s not personal, it’s just business—or is it?

Leaders who seek and embrace ways to manage inherent personal aspects of business will create great companies.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart June 23, 2015

Executive thinking and decisions

Follow these three management tips to succeed as an executive.

By John Suzukida, PE, Lanex Consulting, Minneapolis
Career Smart May 28, 2015

Planning for the future

Succession planning is key for any company. Whether it’s a formal program or less formal mentoring, putting a plan in place will ensure your engineering firm’s future success.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Career Smart April 15, 2015

Three tips for effective mentoring

Mentoring young engineering employees is key to their success.

By Syed Peeran, PE, PhD, CDM Smith, Boston
Career Smart March 20, 2015

Work smarter, not harder

By incorporating new tools and ideas into the engineering process, firms can enhance their business development in several shrewd ways.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Career Smart March 11, 2015

Is an international assignment right for you?

Consider these 5 questions if you’d like to work abroad.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart February 9, 2015

Women, minorities in engineering

Both women and minorities face similar challenges in the engineering workplace.

By John Suzukida, PE, Lanex Consulting, Minneapolis
Career Smart February 3, 2015

Stay ahead of the curve

Use these three resources to stay on top of your engineering game.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Career Smart January 22, 2015

Where do ideas come from?

Ask some basic questions to generate new ideas.

By Graham Allan, DSc, University of Washington, Seattle
Career Smart December 31, 2014

Top 10 business trends to watch in 2015

Engineering firms should watch these business and technology trends as we move into 2015.

By Mick Morrissey, Morrissey Goodale LLC
Career Smart December 25, 2014

Engineering education takes a global approach

An increased appreciation of the value of diversity has helped fuel an emphasis on engineering education that includes international study and an overall global focus.

By Jane Zimmer Daniels, Ph.D., F.SWE, SWE Editorial Board
Career Smart December 24, 2014

Four trends to watch in 2015

Engineers should keep tabs on these four trends as they start planning for 2015. Things to watch: water, workforce development, smart technologies, and the health care industry.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Career Smart December 16, 2014

Seven keys to higher team productivity

Building a project team? Use these seven tips.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Consultants for Education, Manitou Springs, Colo.
Career Smart December 11, 2014

Transforming battery technology

From the nickel-iron batteries made for the first electric automobiles in the early 20th century— to the efforts of today’s engineers and scientists to improve capabilities — the potential applications for batteries have grown far beyond vehicles and raise critical issues.

By Charlotte Thomas, SWE Contributor
Career Smart November 24, 2014

Are you recruiting the best candidates?

Ask these seven questions to determine if you’re hiring wisely.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart November 13, 2014

Global collaborations introduce great possibilities

Scientific and technological collaborations across countries and cultures can offer more than exciting breakthroughs — as significant as those may be — by making inclusion a priority. When women’s contributions are acknowledged, and developing countries have access to adequate resources, such collaborations also offer hope to create the greatest global good.

By Sandra Guy, SWE Contributor
Career Smart October 13, 2014

Bad bosses, not money, are driving AEC professionals to leave their jobs

According to a new survey conducted by Morrissey Goodale LLC, nearly a quarter (24%) of AEC firm leaders reported that a poor relationship with the boss was the primary reason why their latest key hires left their previous firms.

By Mouhamed Diallo
Career Smart October 10, 2014

Everything starts with an idea

Spend more time thinking—you’ll help your clients more.

By Graham Allan, DSc, University of Washington, Seattle
Career Smart September 22, 2014

Giving back

By volunteering, you can give back to your community, inspire a future engineer or scientist, and learn about yourself.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart September 18, 2014

Women engineering leaders in academe 2014

Reflections on the insights and perspectives gleaned from more than a decade of tracking and interviewing women engineering deans.

By Peggy Layne, P.E., F.SWE
Career Smart September 2, 2014

Second Generation Bias – A Subtle but Powerful Presence

Deeply embedded and frequently unconscious cultural and organizational biases can be challenged both through small “wins” and by establishing policies that take a whole organization rather than a women-only approach.

By Sandra Guy, SWE Contributor
Career Smart August 28, 2014

Suggestions for a long, fulfilling career

Take these suggestions to heart for a successful career.

By Douglas H. Evans
Career Smart August 27, 2014

Productivity power tools

Harness the power of cognitive science to enhance your productivity. Change your workday in these three ways.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Consultants for Education, Manitou Springs, Colo.
Career Smart August 21, 2014

Technology, entertainment, and design: Ideas worth spreading

We all look to find inspiration in our lives, and TED talks are popular for this very reason. They furnish a continually updated source of information, motivation, common-sense advice, and entertainment that is easy to share.

By Mary Verstraete, PH.D., SWE Editorial Board
Career Smart August 15, 2014

Build success via relationships

A business’ success does not rely solely on its experienced engineers or research reports. Relationships with individuals are vital to business development and professional advancement.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart August 7, 2014

A Call for Inclusion

Supporting the diversity of the profession and broadening participation in engineering are dual goals that will help transform STEM disciplines.

By Seabright McCabe, SWE Contributor
Career Smart July 22, 2014

Building skills with social media, webinars, and blogs

Typically associated with personal and recreational activity, social media has a pivotal role to play in career development.

By Seabright McCabe, SWE Contributor
Career Smart July 22, 2014

Top five things female engineers should know

Female engineers, take this career advice to heart.

By Rebecca Delaney, PE, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago
Career Smart July 11, 2014

The art of engineering consulting—Part 1: Getting started

Here are three steps to starting an engineering-consulting practice.

By Dr. Frank Owen and Patrick Klima
Career Smart July 11, 2014

10 ways to improve strategic planning

These 10 tips will give business leaders strategic planning tools to set the direction for their firm’s success.

By Jane Sidebottom
Career Smart June 26, 2014

Take initiative in your engineering career

By focusing on opportunities, career advancement is possible at any point.

By Avery L. Monroe
Career Smart June 16, 2014

Top 10 things to include on your resume

Look at your resume from the interviewer’s perspective, not your own.

By John Suzukida, PE, Lanex Consulting, Minneapolis
Career Smart May 20, 2014

The power of one: Making a difference personally, professionally

Each person has the unique ability to have an impact on the environment around him.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Career Smart May 12, 2014

How to manage your boss

Master these three tactics to optimize your relationships with superiors.

By Adam Forni, PE, Bloom Energy, Sunnyvale, Calif.
Career Smart April 17, 2014

Five tips on how to delegate

Delegation is leadership—here are the secrets for effective delegation.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Jones International University, Centennial, Colo.
Career Smart April 4, 2014

Tackle workforce issues in three ways

At the NEBB Annual Conference, speaker Shirley T. Ramos discussed engineering workforce issues, including retention and management.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Career Smart March 24, 2014

Demand what you’re worth

To gain more respect, demand what you want—or even say no.

By John F. Hennessy III, PE, FACEC, Hennessy Energy, New York City
Career Smart March 18, 2014

Executive coaching isn’t just for the C-suite

How coaching can support career goals at all levels.

By Belinda Gates, Compass Enterprise, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart March 6, 2014

Video: Business management for decision makers

What do engineering managers need to create effective strategic plans? Watch this video to learn more.

By Morrissey Goodale, Newton, Mass.
Career Smart March 3, 2014

SWE offers online career development conference

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will host its first online career development conference in March.

By Society of Women Engineers
Career Smart February 4, 2014

Female engineers should get creative

An enhanced focus on creativity in engineering along with a reduced emphasis on classical tool collection may encourage women students to remain in the profession.

By Graham Allan, DSc, University of Washington, Seattle
Career Smart January 24, 2014

Supervisors, managers: Win the war, not the battle

Be sure you know the ultimate goal.

By John Suzukida, PE, Lanex Consulting, Minneapolis
Career Smart December 17, 2013

How to offer your expertise to solve your client’s problem

Use these four steps to ensure a successful expert-client relationship.

By Syed Peeran, PE, PhD, CDM Smith, Cambridge, Mass.
Career Smart November 22, 2013

And the engineering beat goes on

Finally—one of the kids sees the engineering light.

By Thomas Brown, PE, The RJA Group, Baltimore
Career Smart November 15, 2013

Have you written a fan letter lately?

Taking the time to recognize the efforts of your peers, colleagues, or clients could make all the difference.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart October 22, 2013

Doing real things

Getting your hands dirty on the job can teach invaluable skills.

By John Suzukida, PE, Minneapolis
Career Smart October 16, 2013

Five reasons high school students should choose engineering

A flexible career path and positive job outlook are among the benefits of pursuing job in engineering.

By Sonny K. Siu, PE, PMP, Jacobs-KlingStubbins, San Francisco
Career Smart September 25, 2013

Managing micromanagers

How to deal with a micromanager. Or, how to not be a micromanager.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Concordia University Chicago
Career Smart September 24, 2013

A senior moment

Deep thoughts from one of the nation's senior engineers.

By Peter D. Zak, PE, Cedar Grove, Wis.
Career Smart August 23, 2013

Finding your natural motivation

Several books offer resources for employees and managers to help boost that internal drive to excel.

By Adam Forni, PE, Linwood Engineering, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Career Smart August 20, 2013

Mentor tomorrow’s engineers—and possibly your future boss

Set aside time to listen to the wisdom of our young engineers.

By Brian P. Martin, PE, CH2M Hill, Portland, Ore.
Career Smart July 30, 2013

Engineers take charge of upskilling for career development

The 2013 Kelly Global Workforce Index shows a new wave of empowered engineers who understand that investing in skills is central to staying relevant.

By Tim McAward, Kelly Services Americas Engineering Product Group, Troy, Mich.
Career Smart July 18, 2013

Step away from the keyboard

Building strong personal relationships based on trust and confidence in your colleagues will continue to be the cornerstone of your professional success.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart June 28, 2013

Managing your future as a supervisor

Use these five tips to proactively manage your professional transition to management.

By Erin McConahey, PE, Arup, Los Angeles
Career Smart June 21, 2013

Empathy engineering

The best way to be practical and usable is to completely understand your customer.

By John Suzukida, PE, Minneapolis
Career Smart May 23, 2013

Open protocol

Can technology make you smarter? Maybe not, but it can make you more efficient.

By Michael J. Mar, PE, LEED AP, Environmental Systems Design, Chicago
Career Smart May 15, 2013

Ingredients for a quality onboarding program

There are a number of ways to welcome new hires that can be critical to building positive employee-employer relationships.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Concordia University Chicago
Career Smart May 15, 2013

How to jump-start a new hire

The first 45 days of a new hire’s job are the most important.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Concordia University Chicago
Career Smart May 15, 2013

Age with dignity—and a protégé

Engineers need to work with Generation X and Y employees to shore up their firm’s knowledge base.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart April 18, 2013

A glimpse into the future of engineering

Today's mentors create tomorrow's engineers.

By Timothy E. Kuhlman, PE, RCDD, CH2M HILL, Portland, Ore.
Career Smart April 11, 2013

Business travel: Mitigating a necessary evil

Make travel easier, more efficient, and more relaxing

By Amy Smith, PhD, Concordia University Chicago
Career Smart March 21, 2013

Preserving your firm’s tribal knowledge

Succession planning is key to ensuring your firm’s future success.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky
Career Smart January 22, 2013

Finding a leadership and management balance

Balancing leadership through management is critical.

By John Suzukida, PE, Minneapolis
Career Smart December 12, 2012

Use personality typing to increase profits

Personality typing can be a valuable tool in helping your firm transform the way it does work, which can be a significant advantage in this economy.

By Mark Goodale
Career Smart November 9, 2012

Know the lien rights for engineering services

Consult with an attorney to ensure the proper legal procedure is followed to maintain and perfect that lien.

By Zack Rippeon, Burr & Forman LLP, Atlanta
Career Smart September 19, 2012

How to make meetings better

It’s up to you to make meetings more effective. Here are four ideas.

By John Suzukida, PE, Minneapolis
Career Smart August 28, 2012

Master these 10 common graces

The consummate professional rounds technical skills with a few common graces.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Concordia University, River Forest, Ill.
Career Smart August 16, 2012

Presentation Skills That Sell You and Your Ideas

Speaker: Danielle Turcola, President, Professionalism International Inc.

Career Smart August 16, 2012

Creating Your Firm’s Design Standards and Quality Assurance Program

Speaker: Brian Rener, PE, LEED AP, Manager, electrical platform leader and manager of quality assurance, M+W Group, Chicago

Career Smart August 16, 2012

Differentiating Yourself from the Rest of the Engineering Stiffs

Speaker: Peter C. Harrod, PE, Cosentini

Career Smart August 16, 2012

Networking to Develop Your Business

Speaker: Brian Alcorn, PE, LC, Franchise Owner and Trainer, Referral Institute

Career Smart August 16, 2012

How To Spin Off A New Consulting Firm

Speaker: Mike Walters, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Confluenc Inc., Madison, Wis.

Career Smart August 16, 2012

Two Paths: Engineering or Business

Speaker: John Suzukida, PE, Owner, Lanex Consulting

Career Smart August 16, 2012

Mentoring: Making the Match

Speaker: Amy Smith, PhD, Vice President of Research and Training, The Ivanovich Group

Career Smart August 16, 2012

Keynote Presentation: America’s Energy Future: Partly Windy, Slightly Sunny, and as Uncertain as the Weather

Branko Terzic, PE, Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Career Smart August 14, 2012

Unlocking balance and brilliance in the STEM fields

Ensuring more opportunities for women in STEM careers is essential.

By Karen Purcell, PE, PK Electrical, Reno, Nev.
Career Smart July 17, 2012

Managing your future

Learn these five tips to proactively manage your professional future.

By Erin McConahey, PE, Arup, Los Angeles
Career Smart July 9, 2012

Networking on rails

First build the tracks (relationships), before trying to move freight on them (getting referrals).

By Brian Alcorn
Career Smart June 14, 2012

The art of asking a good question

Asking good questions as an interviewee is an art, not a game.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart May 21, 2012

Your personal development toolkit

A few tools will help you better yourself in relationships and on the job.

By John Suzukida, PE, Minneapolis
Career Smart May 15, 2012

As the tortoise taught the hare, activity beats inactivity every time

Recently I was coaching a U11 boys soccer team, and after practice I had a great conversation with another coach that reminded me of the Aesop’s Fable: The Tortoise and the Hare. There are a lot of life lessons to be gleaned from that fable, but one that I am reminded of is that consistent activity beats inactivity every time.

By Brian Alcorn
Career Smart March 12, 2012

Managing your online footprint

Navigating social media tools like LinkedIn and Facebook are key to your online presence.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart February 15, 2012

Engineers satisfied with career, survey finds

An ASQ survey found that most engineers are satisfied with their career choice, though many agree their career is also quite challenging, particularly while pursuing their degree in college.

Career Smart January 27, 2012

Business development: How to win more work

An engineer provides his perspective on how to win more work by engaging the staff, building your business, and then winning the bid.

By Mark Gelfo, PE, LEED AP BD+C, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Jacksonville, FL
Career Smart January 18, 2012

Discovering your work-life balance

Managing your time between work and life isn’t simple, but finding a balance is possible.

By John Suzukida, PE, Lanex Consulting, Minneapolis
Career Smart December 19, 2011

Unleash communications from their e-mail chains

Communicating is key to an engineer’s job, and it is our professional responsibility to do it well—and correctly.

By J. Patrick Banse, PE, LEED AP, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
Career Smart November 23, 2011

Building better professional relationships

Learn to communicate in a professional manner, while building strong relationships.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Concordia University, River Forest, Ill.
Career Smart October 26, 2011

Building and maintaining your professional brand

Take the time to create your own personal and professional brand.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart September 21, 2011

Blinding flashes of the obvious

Challenge yourself to spend a day with those who use your designs.

By John Suzukida, PE, Minneapolis
Career Smart August 29, 2011

To excel, change perspective

Develop your engineering career by expanding your worldly view and volunteering with various groups.

By John F. Hennessy III, PE, Turnstone Energy Solutions, New York City
Career Smart August 1, 2011

Engineering jobs remain strong, financially lucrative

While unemployment remains high, the demand and pay for engineers--especially electrical engineers--remain high.

Career Smart June 29, 2011

Opening doors for staff success

Proficient managers create access to opportunities for their employees to thrive.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Concordia University, River Forest, Ill.
Career Smart May 3, 2011

Are your career and company compatible?

Your career trajectory is closely related to your company’s management and direction.

By Jane Sidebottom, AMK LLC, Louisville, Ky.
Career Smart April 5, 2011

Successful engineering in the 21st century

It was once both necessary and sufficient to be technically competent; now it is only necessary.

By John F. Hennessy III, PE, Turnstone Energy Solutions, New York City
Career Smart March 11, 2011

Leaders doing the right things

By being deliberate and focusing on doing the right things, you’ll be spending your time correctly

By John Suzukida, PE, Minneapolis
Career Smart January 31, 2011

The makings of a mentor

Several qualities are essential to being a high-quality mentor. Mentees should seek out these abilities when finding a mentor to boost career growth.

By Amy Smith, PhD, Concordia University, River Forest, Ill.
Career Smart November 17, 2010

Communicating so others hear

Communication skills are critical to your career and will help you see things from the other person’s point of view.

By John Suzukida, PE, Minneapolis
Career Smart October 2, 2010

Clear communication equals cash

If you communicate clearly and accurately, you create sales opportunities, increase your hit rate and productivity, and lower your costs.

By Pete Geissler, Pittsburgh