Are you an engineer who’s disenchanted with engineering? Maybe you’re a programmer who’s peeved with programming? Career changes are a part of professional life now more than ever, even if you’re “simply” moving from a technical career path to a managerial one in your current field. Unfortunately, technical professionals are sometimes stereotyped as lacking the kinds of soft skills that employers like to see in non-technical roles.
Employers sometimes believe – mistakenly – that technical people, while great when it comes to the nuts and bolts of particular products and other pragmatic problems, are not practiced enough in the delicacies of dealing with people. They assume not only that “soft skills” is synonymous with “transferable skills”, but that these skills are innate rather than learned (or learnable).
So if you’re a technical professional trying to transition into a non-technical role, the key to success lies in overcoming the unfair stereotypes surrounding your soon-to-be former field by highlighting just how transferable your skills really are. Read more
Whether you’re in engineering, information technology, or another technical field, at some point in your career, you will come to a fork in the road. Each of these evermore divergent career paths will present to you their own unique set of obstacles and benefits. But the true challenge is in knowing which one to take: technical or managerial.
Whether you come to this junction after five years or 20, how to choose a career that you know is right for you will depend on how – and how honestly – you reflect on what you really love doing, what you really don’t love doing, and what you think you are capable of doing. Read more
An often overlooked key to an organization’s success is its ability to identify transferable skills among its employees. Once identified, these skills can be nurtured and redeployed, improving several aspects of the business, including internal transfers and promotions, job postings, special projects, and employee retention.
Transferable skills can be broken down into three main categories: people skills, which include talents for teaching, coaching, supervising, and overall good communication; data skills, which include a knack for record keeping, researching, and translating and compiling data; and “thing”-related skills, such as being able to operate, assemble, and repair computers and other equipment.
So how do you go about uncovering and leveraging all this hidden talent within your organization? By following these five easy steps: Read more