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How to Craft Your Engineering Career

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3 Steps or Concepts to Develop a Meaningful Engineering Career!

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How to Craft Your Engineering Career

  1. 1. How to Craft Your Engineering Career Find your Dream job in 3 Easy Steps! Pat Batchelor, PE (770) 318-8342 pat@recruitonpurpose.com
  2. 2. Civil Engineer & an Engineering Recruiter Pat Batchelor, PE (770) 318-8342 pat@recruitonpurpose.com I am a Subject Matter in the following Areas: Civil Engineering Jobs & Companies Salaries Career Planning How to Land a Job!!
  3. 3. It is your life, Your Career, Your Story! Or you can Abdicate your Life choices…and let someone else, write your story! Who Else Can write Your Story better than…. YOU!!
  4. 4. Step 1 : Know thyself… • Too many people do not slow down enough in life to learn where their passions and gifts are, and what resonates down deep. “The unexamined life is not worth living” - Socrates “Life is a journey, not a destination” - Emerson
  5. 5. Step 2 : Develop a Hedgehog Concept… • Tom / Jim Collins in his book, Good to Great, refers to the HedgeHog Concept for companies… but it can also apply to individuals…. Passion Talent Profit
  6. 6. The Career Hedgehog Concept Profit $/x TalentPassion A Single Concept ?
  7. 7. The Career Hedgehog Principle What do you Love to do? Something you would do, if no one paid you. Passion What am I Deeply Passionate about? • Mix of Indoors / Outdoors • Building Projects / Sales • Hiking / Snow Skiing • Sports / Being on a Team • Family / Friends / Kids • Faith • Not Connection Design/ Load Analysis – Too Tedious What do I not like to do?
  8. 8. Talent The Career Hedgehog Principle What are your Gifts? • Civil Engineering? • Structural Engineering? • What Areas you are Great? • Geotechnical Engineering? What is in your DNA? Play to your Strengths! • What Classes or Tasks come easy?
  9. 9. The Career Hedgehog Principle Profit What do I Get / give? • Salary / Hourly • Benefits / Insurance • Culture / Mentors / Friends • Make a Difference? • Steady Paycheck / Contract • Flexible Schedule • Work at Office / Telecommute What is someone willing to pay for?
  10. 10. The Career Hedgehog Principle Profit TalentPassion
  11. 11. The Career Hedgehog Principle Profit TalentPassion • Playing Video Games • Eating out w/ friends • Watching Movies Passion + Talent But No Profit (Hobby)
  12. 12. The Career Hedgehog Principle Profit TalentPassion • Playing Video Games • Eating out w/ friends • Watching Movies Passion + Talent But No Profit (Hobby) Passion+UberTalent • 1 in a 1x106 • “Go Pro” The Exception
  13. 13. The Career Hedgehog Principle Profit TalentPassion Talent + Profit But No Passion (Good Job/ Burn Out)
  14. 14. The Career Hedgehog Principle Profit TalentPassion Talent + Profit But No Passion (Good Job/ Burn Out) Sarah Batchelor Quality Engr. Vs Product Design
  15. 15. The Career Hedgehog Principle Profit TalentPassion Talent + Profit But No Passion (Good Job/ Burn Out) My Friend at Work Was Bright & Excited Now Bummed & Sad Be Careful, If you do a job you hate, really well for too long, they will let you do it forever!
  16. 16. The Career Hedgehog Principle Profit TalentPassion • Playing Video Games (Fantasy) (Does Not Exist) • Get Paid Millions • Lottery Passion + Profit But no Talent
  17. 17. The Career Hedgehog Principle Profit TalentPassion Ideal!! Passion + Talent +Profit
  18. 18. Profit TalentPassion LOCATION Ideal!! Passion + Talent +Profit AND Location Where ever you Go…. There you are!!
  19. 19. Location The Career Hedgehog Principle Where in the World? • U.S. / Foreign Country • Where my GF lives? • Where is the Market? • Where do I want to Live for my Passion? • Where Can I afford to Live? • Where are people hiring Someone like me?
  20. 20. Step 3 : Develop a Personal Board of Directors… • Someone who is around you Professionally • People that Know You • Someone you Respect • Someone you Don’t want to Disappoint Why? Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory. -- Proverbs 11:14
  21. 21. Step 3 : Develop a Personal Board of Directors… • Add a Mentor at Work or a Professor from School • Parents / Grandparents / Family or Friend • Add a Financial Counselor or two • Add a Spiritual Counselor • Add a Wise Friend • Add a Career Coach • Add a Spouse • Add a Fitness Coach
  22. 22. Summary! Step 1 : Know Thyself…. Step 2 : Develop a Hedgehog Concept Step 3 Develop a Personal Board of Directors Apply, Rinse, Repeat!! This is a iterative process that will last your whole life….
  23. 23. The Career Hedgehog Principle Profit Location TalentPassion My Example • Help People Passion • Family / Kids • Snow Skiing • Faith / Church Talent • Civil Engineer • Business Development Profit • Provided for My Family • 2X… But Commission Only • Recruiting!!! Who Knew? Location = Atlanta, PT = Rockies!
  24. 24. Questions? Pat Batchelor, PE (770) 318-8342 pat@recruitonpurpose.com
  25. 25. Public Service Announcement If you have a Drug Problem… Please, Please, PLEASE… Get Help…. Today! Ask ME…Or talk to a Counselor!
  26. 26. Thank you… It has been a Privilege!! Pat Batchelor, PE (770) 318-8342 pat@recruitonpurpose.com

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