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1 Career Progression and Life Lessons Your Future Is In Your Hands! Presented byWith grateful acknowledgement to: Peter GodfreyGlenn Morris National Deputy PresidentManaging Director – Australia Engineers AustraliaGroup Director Meinhardt

2 Four Critical Success Principles “Passion” Principle Career Phases Work/Life Balance The Right Skills

3 PRINCIPLE #1 : “Passion” Principle “Passion” and success go together Pursue engineering because you love the idea of being an engineer. Build your skills and back your judgement.

4 PRINCIPLE #2 – Career, Life Phases PROFESSIONAL CAREER Graduate Engineer Supervising Engineer Operations Manager Area Manager Divisional Manager National Team Leader Various Project/Mgt Roles Consultant/Snr Manager Director FAMILY 22: Married (Melb) 28: 1st child (Syd) 30: 2nd child (Bne, Sunshine Coast, Bne) 40+: Lose parents & grandparents (Melb, Hbt, Melb) 50+: Children grown, completed uni. & starting careers. (Melb) SHADOW CAREER Sunshine Coast Chair Tasmanian Civil Chair Tas President/Civil College Board Chair/Congress Councillor National President

5 PRINCIPLE #2 – Career, Life Phases PERSONAL LESSONS Take up opportunities. Change role, location, industry. Great upside, but be prepared for the downside too. Pursue further education: formal (MBA, etc), CPD (technical, conferences) Time is visco-elastic. But manage it, and yourself, wisely. Listen and consult. There are at least two sides to a story. Think strategically. But also consider the impact on the detail. Be objective and open to ideas. From people at all levels. Care. About the business & people (clients, employees, suppliers and other stakeholders).

6 PRINCIPLE #2 – Career, Life Phases LEARN FROM BOTH GOOD & BAD BOSSES. Bob M: Wheeler and dealer, but had issues with ethics. John B: Instilled “ownership” of the business. Hands off style, unless you stuffed up! John L: Too detailed and controlling; OK for junior levels but log-jammed the business when a senior manager. Laurie F: Networker, visionary, listener and decision maker. Felt the “aura”. Brad T: Brilliant mind, highly analytical but also outside the box thinking.

7 PRINCIPLE #2 – Career, Life Phases LEARN FROM BOTH GOOD & BAD BOSSES. Peter J: Ultimate business brain. Exudes people skills and communicates at all levels. Jim P: Marketing guru, public profile for self and business. Glen C: Change manager, charismatic but unstable & ruthless. Walter G: High level strategic thinker but understands the detail. A force of nature. Roger O: Focused, strategic and action oriented. A builder of businesses. Matt T: Commercial acumen, but pigeon-holes people. A decision maker but can shoot from the hip.

8 PRINCIPLE #2 – Career, Life Phases UNDERSTAND CORPORATE CULTURE. Boral (toughminded) Readymix (quality & business improvement) CCC (Project management control) William Adams / Caterpillar (customer focus) Brambles (risk averse) Coffey (specialist focus) ABOVE ALL – Think of yourself as an “incorporated entity” and build your brand

9 PRINCIPLE # 3 – Gain Work / Life Experience and Balance WHAT WORKS FOR ME: Family Shadow career with Engineers Australia Continue with sports – hockey, tennis, skiing, bushwalking These are the life threads that provide stability and a sense of self.

10 PRINCIPLE # 4 – Develop the Right Skills Key Skills Communication, Communication, Communication!! (Listening / Written / Verbal / Non verbal) Other Skills (Non-Engineering Areas) Facilitation, Business Management, Team Leadership, Project Management, Sales & Marketing How? Push your employer; and/or Do it yourself anyway!

11 SUMMARY: PRINCIPLES OF SUCCESS 1. Be Passionate about Engineering as a Career 2. Plan your Career as a series of 3 – 7 years Career and Life Phases / Milestones 3. Pursue your Career with Work / Life Balance 4. Develop the Right Skills ( people, business, technical) PURSUE YOUR CAREER AND ENJOY!

12 ENGINEERS CAN SHAPE THE FUTURE NEIL ARMSTRONGJIMMY CARTER ROWAN ATKINSON LEONARDO DA VINCI LEONID BREZHNEV JACK WELCH

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