We all go to school expecting to learn the skills we need to succeed in the real world. As engineers, we probably felt confident that would end our degrees equipped with everything we needed to build strong careers and climb the ranks. Armed with knowledge of AutoCAD and second-order differential equations, there would be nothing we couldn't handle.
For anyone who's been in the workforce for any length of time knows, however, is just how far that is from the truth.
That's why author, engineer, CTO and veteran MIT instructor Mark Herschberg wrote The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills for Success that No One Taught You. After teaching in MIT's Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program for nearly 20 years, combined with senior leadership experience in startups and fortune 500s, Mark learned exactly what skills engineers needed to thrive and how to teach them.
In today's episode, I interview Mark to learn more about:
- The essential skills he believes you need to succeed as an engineering leader
- Why universities don't do a better job of teaching skills beyond the technical necessities
- What makes management so hard
- How to start leading others on the first day of your career
See the full show notes at https://www.engineeringandleadership.com/episode24
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