Stuck at Home? Two Great (non-engineering) Books to Help Your Engineering Career

Stuck at Home? Two Great (non-engineering) Books to Help Your Engineering Career

While we’re all stuck at home during this corona virus situation, I wanted to share two great books that would be beneficial in moving you guys towards successful engineering careers.

 

Book no. 1 –So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

 

WHAT is this book about? This book deals with the advice of “following your passion” and why this is poor advice for those that want to have a fulfilling job that they love.

WHY is this important now? In their job searches, too many engineers are looking for that “perfect” job to match their passion. In this process, they miss out on a lot of potentially great jobs that may be an important springboard for their careers.

 

Book no. 2 –The Fine Art of Small Talk: How To Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills — and Leave a Positive Impression! , by Debra Fine.

 

WHAT is this book about? Small talk is the little chit chat before a more serious conversation and it is this conversation that can help build relationships. Many engineers have introverted tendencies and this book is a great resource to help them break out of that shell.

WHY is this important now? In times of economic uncertainty, networking and personal connections become extremely important. By improving your connection skills, you will greatly increase the chances of developing a quality connection that can help you down the road.

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