Ah yes, graduation day. A time to look upon everything that you’ve done in the past four years. Or in my case seven, but we won’t go there. Also a time to be proud of what you’ve accomplished. All of those complicated engineering courses, the chemistry classes you dreaded having to go to and the calculus courses you no longer had the will power to attend. All have prepared you for this moment. You are now an engineer.
But wait, let’s pump the brakes for a moment. This may sound a little harsh, but you’re not an engineer yet. (This was an important realization that I came to on my first day of work.) Earning an engineering degree and securing a job are simply the first steps. It’s on-the-job training, that over time, will help develop you into a true engineer.
One of the keys to success is finding a company that values training and professional development. Fortunately, for me, Avanceon has a strong sense of teamwork and a culture that encourages learning. From formal classroom training sessions, to online certification tests and shadowing experienced colleagues, I’m proud to say, I’m developing the skills to become a full-fledged engineer.
How has on-the-job training impacted your success? Let us know…
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