Networking and Professional Development

Career Perspective: Growing Into an Engineering Manager

by Wayne Keller March 29, 2016

Engineers are a peculiar bunch, there’s no doubt. (I can say that because I am one.) We see the world in a different light, deconstructing everyday existence into the parts and pieces that make it tick, and then putting it all back together in search of new, innovative ways to make things work. It’s a […]

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Tips for the Office Holiday Party Season

by Jen Parker December 2, 2015

’Tis the season for office holiday parties! Last year, 96 percent of companies planned a holiday party — the highest percentage in nearly 20 years. These events offer a wonderful opportunity to share a little seasonal cheer with colleagues — and gain exposure to higher-ups. But office parties come with their share of challenges. What should […]

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Benefits of Job Shadowing for STEM Careers

by Emily Rhoden July 30, 2015

Students learn so much by observing — and, if they’re lucky, participating in — the everyday activities of employees. Exposing students to the workplace through job shadowing has long been a commitment at Burns & McDonnell. We see how job shadowing changes a student’s perspective. A recent study showed students exposed to science, technology, engineering […]

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Job Search Etiquette: When You’re Contacted and Not Interested

by Mike Myers June 29, 2015

Picture this: Your phone dings. It’s an email from a recruiter reaching out about a job. You’re flattered, but not interested. How do you respond without eliminating future opportunities with the company? Whether it is a LinkedIn message, an email or even a phone call, you’ll likely be faced with this scenario at some point […]

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Career Path Options for Engineers

by Jordan Ott June 11, 2015

So, you’ve made the smart choice to be an engineer. (That’s not an editorial opinion; a recent study ranked median lifetime earnings by college major. Nine of the top 10 spots were engineering disciplines.) Whether you’re fresh out of college or are already in the field and looking for a change, many career options are […]

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How a Great Elevator Speech Can Set a Candidate Apart

by Lauren Bertram May 20, 2015

The phrase “elevator speech” is probably familiar, though you may not know its origin. The term comes from the challenge of creating a clear and persuasive pitch for your dream prospect in the time it takes to go from the main floor of a building to the top. The elevator speech is a communications mainstay […]

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