Plenty of people stick to one profession because that is what they may excel at and there is nothing wrong in that, however it never harms to add multiple skills and experiences to your career portfolio as they will only impress an interviewer in the future.
I have personally come from an engineering background, studied and worked in this field but along the way I have taken up various courses to enhance my personal development. Whilst project managing my first engineering project I realised I was lacking some skills which were business orientated, my goal was to improve this area and so I set myself on a path to complete a business course. My telegraph mba course stimulated me in such a way that I was then able to creatively run a project with a strategic mind.
It is always wise to open up your path in my opinion; through your mind and your job experience. If one career path was to fail for me at least I would have an MBA career option in front of me and salaries in this profession can reach between £66,000 and £98,000, more than the engineering or freelancing career I have.
So, what were the useful skills that came out of studying an MBA you might be wondering? Here is how an MBA helped me in the engineering world:
- Adapting quickly to real-time situations – I was able to improve my managerial skills on engineering projects through an analytical approach.
- Better negotiations – I was able to structure engineering deals more accurately by tailoring the deal to different groups of people; stakeholders, customers, suppliers and partners.
- Adaptability – the MBA gave me the ability to understand engineering in the modern world and global world; learning how to tackle issues on an international level. This then enabled me to manage multiple projects abroad on construction sites.
An MBA is certainly useful in the engineering world. Those who are engineers already possess strong analytical skills and they are highly valued in the business world, however an mba just further advances that skill and pulls you out in a large group of engineers who may be running for the same job; so it does have its advantages.
The engineering and business world can be truly fascinating when combined together. If an engineer wanted to start their own business, an mba would certainly be handy. Business means business and the fundamentals are the same, you need to understand the fundamentals as well as the technical of engineering in order to succeed in your own business.
Here are some top tips on how an engineer can run their own business:
- First and foremost make sure you obtain a professional engineering license
- Set up a small business office space – rental is more secure in the short term for engineers on a business consultancy mission
- Set up a business, financial and project plan, and label out the niches you specialise in
- Market services to businesses, non-profits and government entities – cover all grounds
- Professionally network your skills in both business management and manual engineering project work (target audience/target clients)
- Bring graduate engineers or business graduates on board to assist you in the development of your business and develop their career path – free work for you and free specialist learning experience for them
If you want to succeed in a job, a course or a new skill it will all come down to your own personal development. Only you can soar above others if you put in the dedication, motivation and reach the next level of goals.