Here is a guest post from my friend, Anthony Fasano who is launching his new book “Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career.”
This post is an excerpt from Anthony Fasano’s new book Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career. Anthony is a Civil engineer turned executive coach, speaker and author and now spends his time helping engineers around the world to create careers that are exciting, enjoyable, and rewarding while being well-balanced. In this post Anthony will discuss the impact that credentials can have on your career, specifically your credibility.
Your credentials represent measurable accomplishments in your career, which include your degrees, licenses, certifications, and any awards you may have won. Credentials are essential for several reasons, but the most important thing that credentials bring you is CREDIBILITY!
Whether you are trying to secure a job with a new employer or obtain a new client, the more credibility you have, the easier it will be. This seems like an obvious point, but so many professionals fail to recognize the importance of credentials, therefore they don’t pursue them, which in turn drastically impedes their career development.
Credentials will not necessarily make you a great design engineer or project manager. However, they will put you in a position to effectively display your engineering and management talents. It is not uncommon for engineers to get promoted over other engineers simply because they have their Professional Engineering (P.E.) license, when in reality the engineer that was passed over is more talented. Or how many times has a business professional been overlooked for a promotion simply because they’re missing a crucial professional designation? It’s unfortunate that many companies work this way, but ultimately it’s your responsibility to obtain the credentials that will help you advance in your career.
Not excelling at examinations or having no time to pursue a degree are poor excuses. You are a smart, powerful individual that can do anything when you put your mind to it! You can, and will pass any exam that you properly prepare for in advance. Having a clear goal of the credentials you want to obtain, with a set timeline for completion, will keep you on track to obtain those much needed (and sought after) letters after your name.
So, as you’re plotting your path to success in the corporate jungle, carefully consider what accreditations you can obtain to ensure your highest placement in the potential employee pool of your chosen field.
Credibility does indeed count for more than just taking up framed space on your office wall.
Order your copy of “Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career” within the next 24 hours and receive two incredible bonus gifts (FREE). Go to http://engineersuccesstoday.com. A portion of each book sold will be donated to Engineers Without Borders.