The world and its technologies are rapidly changing. Engineers are at the heart of this. Climate change, sovereign capability, innovation and infrastructure are just some of the areas in which engineering plays a crucial part.
To that end, it’s never been more important for engineers to continue learning – to adapt, pivot and move their careers forward.
Engineers Australia Chief Engineer Jane MacMaster FIEAust CPEng says engineers must ensure their knowledge and skills remain relevant to a very dynamic industry.
“Engineers need to keep developing and retaining that ability to learn.”
1. Build your communication skills
As an engineer, your technical competency is assumed to be at a high standard. But what really gets projects moving are your communication and interpersonal skills.
“Engineers Australia provides an array of professional development opportunities to maintain and refresh these skills,” MacMaster says.
“Many webinars and on-demand videos are free for members. Or there’s the option to work towards a Chartered credential, which recognises both technical ability and leadership and communication skills and are kept current through lifelong learning and continuing professional development.”
2. Keep your technical expertise up to scratch
Engineers have always needed to stay on top of new information and emerging technologies, and this will matter more than ever in the future.
Membership to Engineers Australia includes complimentary access to technical journals, the world’s largest engineering database, discounts on engineering short courses and micro-credentials and access to a growing video library of webinars.
3. Connect with other engineers, and not just in your field
Through an organisation like Engineers Australia, there are multiple opportunities to connect with engineers from all disciplines, and all walks of life, through local events, mentoring opportunities and online communities and forums.
4. Keep up with trends and forecasts
Staying up to date with new ideas and technologies is crucial to staying relevant, allowing you to think differently to come up with unique solutions.
Subscribe to industry publications for a regular dose of inspiration you can take into your own work.
And as a member of Engineers Australia, you can get discounted tickets to our engineering conferences, featuring world-class leaders and innovators.
5. Get involved with the engineering community to make a difference
” Volunteering is a great way to give back to the engineering community, allowing you to have a positive influence on the future of engineering,” says MacMaster.
“This can include contributing to policy and advocacy on behalf of the profession.”
Become a member with Engineers Australia and gain access to a myriad of expertise, events and professional relationships. Join by 31 July and save $90 on membership. Visit: engaus.org/getsaving for more information.