A SUCCESS MANIFESTO FOR 21st CENTURY ENGINEERING STUDENTS

Do you want an amazing engineering/STEM college experience? Do you want a top STEM job?…..Then you need this MANIFESTO!!!

Success Manifesto

Engineering/STEM students need much, much more today than just good grades to snag the best jobs (internships or full-time) and to build remarkable careers.

In this FREE MANIFESTO, I share many of the career secrets and skills I learned during 25 years with John Deere as an engineering intern, engineer, corporate engineering recruiter, trainer, and project manager.

10 Top Books For Young Engineers (and others)

Recently, an Iowa State (my alma mater…go Cyclones!) engineering student and I exchanged some emails regarding his career intentions. As a part of our conversation, I recommended two books which seemed to match nicely to his direction and interests.

Books

I learned in his latest email reply that he’d already ordered one of the books.

In today’s digital world of blogs, texts, tweets and videos, I must admit that I was impressed and pleased that he would step up and buy one of the books. After all, he’s a busy engineering student who already has lots of demands on his time.

Boost Your Productivity By Blocking The Internet With The FREEDOM App

ECL Readers: At the bottom of this post is an embedded video tutorial on using FREEDOM. Be sure to scroll down and check it out. FREEDOM is a great app.

Does the Internet tend to consume far more of your time than it should? Do you bounce in and out of email or social media when instead you should be writing that project report that’s due?

Do Something

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For years, my answer to both of these questions was “yes”. It wasn’t until I finally hired an assistant a few years ago to help me, that I could finally answer “no” to both questions. 

Using Filters For Email Efficiency And Stress Reduction

ECL Readers: At the bottom of this post is an embedded video tutorial on using email filters. Be sure to scroll down and check it out.

Does all of your incoming email automatically make its way to your inbox? For far too many years, that’s the hands-off approach I used to manage my incoming email. I’m ashamed to admit that it made working through my inbox time-consuming and stressful.

Coffee Filter

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Of course, my approach wouldn’t surprise you if you saw the way we managed our snail mail at home during those same years.

On most days, someone in our family of five (we had three sons at home at the time) would go to the street, empty the mailbox, bring the mail into the kitchen and pile it on the table. 

Information Junkie?…Stay Up To Date By Using Feedly

ECL Readers: At the bottom of this post is an embedded video tutorial on using Feedly. Be sure to scroll down and check it out. Feedly is a great tool.

Do you crave the access to information and new ideas that the Internet provides? I do, because I love learning. But at the same time it can often feel all-consuming and overwhelming.

Information

CC image courtesy of Brandon Heath on Flickr

But of course, that’s exactly why great tools like Feedly continue to be created.