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Soft Skills You Should Develop as an Engineer

May 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

Soft Skills You Should Develop as an Engineer

Soft skills are becoming increasingly crucial in getting a job, according to the 2019 Global Talent Trends report by job network LinkedIn.

Soft skills, as defined by financial information website Investopedia, are focused on a person’s ability to form and maintain relationships. Over 80% of the experts surveyed said that soft skills are progressively important to the success of the company. And when it comes to hiring, over 92% of talent professionals say that soft skills are equally or more valuable than hard skills. Over 89% of them also say that their bad hires often lack soft skills. The results also showed that people who possess soft skills like creativity, persuasion, and collaboration are in high demand right now.

If you’re working in a hard science field like engineering, you probably feel like you don’t need many soft skills to succeed. Your workplace, however, isn’t all about solving technical problems and acing tests. Here are soft skills you should develop to get hired or promoted in the engineering field.

 

Getting Along Well with Others

You can have all the technical chops in the world, but they’re worth nothing if you just sit in your cubicle all day without interacting with anyone. Whether it’s solving system issues with people in your department or collaborating with your company’s creative arm, you need to be a person they can rely on for support. After all, Apple’s success wasn’t all Jobs, it was also Wozniak.

 

Solving Problems Creatively

While a job like mechanical design engineering may adhere to certain patterns and formulas to solve problems, it’s the out-of-the-box thinking that blazes the path to a successful career in this field. Maurizio Porfiri, a robotics researcher from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University said in his interview with Live Science that curiosity and creativity are more valuable to a scientist than being intellectually brilliant.

Though equations generate concrete answers, looking at a problem from different perspectives is what powers innovation. A great example of this is Japan’s high-speed bullet train. While its engineers were successful in having it run at a speed of 320 kilometres per hour, the train was so noisy that the sound it created while going through the station could be heard about 400 meters away.

As such, the innovators drew inspiration from the Kingfisher bird that could sneak up on its prey and catch it without being noticed. The engineers noticed that the bird’s wedge-shaped beak produced fewer pressure waves. When they implemented this beak shape for the trains, they found that it was quieter, as it generated 30% less air pressure. It was also 10% faster and used significantly less energy than before.

 

Delivering Under Pressure

Since there are technical innovations constantly popping up left and right, it’s important for any engineer to adapt to them. You’ll never know when something will go horribly wrong in a project. People drop out of them, new and seemingly impossible problems arise, your funding could get cut. You should be able to think of possible problems and solutions before they even happen. When you can deliver under pressure, you can surely advance in your engineering career.

Communication and creativity are often underrated when it comes to science, but more and more employers are looking for people who are great at working in a team, constantly think out of the box, and challenges head-on without hesitation. Continue polishing your soft skills. It’ll be worth it when you need it more as you move up and eventually get a managing role.

 

Work With Innovative Engineering Firms in the UK

It’s often difficult to find a company that aligns with your career goals. Here at Future Engineering Recruitment Ltd, we connect our applicants with innovative engineering firms in the UK. Our experts guide each candidate through the entire application and hiring process and provide advice on CV preparation. We’re always ready to represent you with integrity and honesty.

Contact us today to find an engineering job that suits you.

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