Posts in category: ‘Career Development’

Why working for the man makes all the difference in an engineering career

With all the attention on the gig economy these days, you might think the whole world has gone freelance in a collective uprising against evil corporate overlords who ruined everything. Perhaps Starbucks will eventually create an orbital ring of linked coffee shops encircling the planet, and we'll all work from up there, occasionally taking a space elevator to check on our freelancing pets. As a degreed engineer, however, there's huge benefit to working for the man. At least for awhile.

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Does every engineer have a right to a portfolio?

Some of you may be quite proud to display your engineering portfolio right here on GrabCAD. Portfolios serve as a valuable asset to your engineering career, increasing the reach of your design work, making you stand apart from peers in job interviews, and even helping land new clients. Given the obvious benefit, you would think that every engineer should have the right to do the same with their cumulative design work. While the natural reaction is to shout "Hell, yes!" It's not quite so simple depending on where and for whom you work for; the question reveals some subtle complexities.

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How to disagree with a more experienced engineer

In engineering workplaces across the country, a burgeoning workforce of new engineers is looking to assert itself. Along the way, they are learning how to work alongside, occasionally disagreeing, with an increasingly entrenched generation of more experienced and extremely knowledgeable engineers with decades of technical experience.

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The 3D printing career matrix

Navigating the 3D printing career path is combination of desire, experience, and skill choices. Don’t panic just yet – you’re probably way ahead of the curve already just by having an interest in 3D printing. Since the industry is constantly evolving, so are the choices. Let’s sit back and take a snapshot of what’s out there and how you can get started.

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How to build a confidential engineering portfolio

It’s one thing to do great work as an engineer – and quite another to show off that work to a potential employer without violating company confidentiality. And, there’s good reason to worry about it. According to research, more than 75 percent of trade secrets cases in state courts and more than half of cases in federal courts involved an existing or former employee.

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