2018’s Most In-Demand Skills for Engineers (They’re Softer Than You Think!)
Maths, science, design, technical
The Institute of Technology’s 2017 survey found that 21% of engineering practices find external candidates do not possess the required non-technical skills, whilst 19% find that even their existing workforces do not
At RTRS, we work with you to identify and
Communication is a vital, yet often overlooked,
Successful engineers work well in multi-disciplined teams, producing collaborative ideas and great working relationships. Employers want to know that you will thrive in this
In the words of the National Academy of Engineering, “understanding the particular wants and needs of a customer, and... explaining and justifying the final design solution” is essential for effective collaboration.
3. Creative problem-solving
According to the National Academy of Engineering, analytical and creative problem-solving skills are still highly regarded and sought-after attributes in engineering candidates. Creativity and curiosity are integral to the design engineering process, and businesses are searching for candidates who critically analyse problems, producing innovative solutions and impactful results. These skills give businesses a competitive edge, and competency-based interviews are an increasingly common way to test your problem-solving abilities. Prepare examples of how you demonstrate this sought-after skill to showcase at interviews.
In our recent blog, we highlighted the tell-tale signs that you’re ready for an engineering promotion. Candidates demonstrating the potential for future career progression, through strong leadership skills, perform brilliantly in interviews. Panels look for proactivity and forward-thinking people skills, as well as a positive attitude. Tailor your CV and interview examples to demonstrate your enthusiasm for responsibility, teamwork and personal development, and be sure to ask about progression opportunities at your interview.
5. Continuous improvement
Engineering is at the forefront of technology and change, which is why flexibility, agility and adaptability are skills you must demonstrate. Provide examples of how you have improved efficiency, embraced new technologies and championed change, both within business and personally; a dedication to continuous learning is a highly attractive candidate quality.
Technical skills and abilities will always be integral to your next engineering position, but soft skills are the cherry on the cake that will set you apart from your competition. Plus, as technology increasingly takes over the engineering world, differentiating yourself as someone able to connect, build relationships, communicate and not require batteries(!) may be more important than ever.