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  • 1.  Share Your Road Stories

    Orange Army
    Posted 05-14-2018 21:13
    A terminal degree gets you in the door to higher education. Continuing education regarding business, management, leadership, project management, etc. will enhance vertical promotions. Communication has to be the most crucial element in any business venture involving multiple stakeholders.


    "You should not shift careers to education--it pays half of what your engineering employment does."

    - Family


    I simply ignored the noise, jumped at opportunities regardless of whether it was the "right time," and let my gut guide me...if I lacked skills, I picked them up along the way. Continuing education is critical, and a terminal degree can never hurt you--but may be needed to open doors, so that's really where to begin--not end.

    Jan Gilboy

  • 2.  RE: Share Your Road Stories

    Orange Army
    Posted 05-14-2018 21:16
    You need to find a mentor. For me, Boeing actually assigned me a mentor when I first joined the company, but you can find mentors as early as when you're in school. All you need to do is think about where you'd like to be in ten to fifteen years, then identify someone who's currently in that role, and seek them out for advice. I think that having mentors has been the most beneficial thing to my career: they believed in me and encouraged me to apply to new positions and to get new certifications.


    "We don't want you to succeed here."

    - Peers


    I'd love to say "no, I've never experienced discouragement," but I'd be lying. As much as you stay focused on the positive, that noise will sometimes creep in. For me, the "noise" has come from few peers at work, but again, having a mentor has been immensely helpful. You're going to have people around you that want you to succeed and very few people that want to tear you down. Don't let the negativity discourage you. Execute flawlessly and let the results speak for themselves.

    Mark Fewell