Engineers have some of the most sought after skills in the world today. You could say they are necessary, most influential actors in our global society. Their contributions do not go undervalued seeing as though they place in the top 5 highest paying jobs of 2016.
However, engineering experts themselves admit that they are missing some necessary skills that their tertiary education and work experience didn’t prepare them for.
Professor Lawrence Susskind, a professor at MIT in the Urban Planning sector and the head of environmental policy and planning group, wrote an article entitled The Key to Success: Negotiating 101 for Engineers, published by TheEngineer.
He writes, “It’s one thing to come up with an innovative idea; it’s another to take that idea to the market.” Susskind says there is a typical engineering logic that gets in the way of marketing and maintains that engineers repeat the same mistakes every time they negotiate with potential investors and partners.
Susskind’s list of how to avoid the mistakes of bad negotiation is as follows:
– The Engineer.co.uk
Negotiation is not the only skill that engineers should add to their arsenal of skills, it seems. The Dean of Engineering at the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), Steve Mackay, also highlighted what skills – as basic as they might be – engineers could become proficient in to ensure engineering success.
In the sixteenth episode of Mackay’s YouTube series, Engineering News Network (ENN), he underlines some key non-engineering skills engineers can quite easily pick up. Mackay speaks of a touch-typing course he took forty-two years ago, that was one of the most fantastic skills he ever picked up. The other skills he encourages, are the following:
Networking and negotiating are key areas that seem to be an area of concern to engineers around the world and is something that experts are encouraging engineers to perfect. Even the most basic of skills that could have gone unlearned during high school or tertiary education expansion can be beneficial to engineers, according to the engineering opinion makers.