Her Engineering Career Podcast

Her Engineering Career Podcast

Her Engineering Career Podcast is hosted by Mary Kinsella, career strategist for women engineers. This program offers practical advice and insights to women who want to make a difference as technical experts and influential leaders. Episodes will cover how to foster courage and confidence, garner credibility and recognition, stretch into leadership roles, and spearhead highly desired projects. Listeners will learn strategies for career mastery, increasing the visibility and impact of their accomplishments, and advancing to the next level. Mary has more than 30 years’ experience as an engineer, program manager, and team leader, living and learning the challenges that women face in the engineering workplace.

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September 20, 2022 8 min

Applying creative and strategic ideas is an important skill in your engineering career. What do you do to hone that skill? Not what you think. This episode gives you steps to creative and strategic ideation. Learn why women engineers are sometimes good at this. And sometimes not.

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You don't want to wait until your performance review to find out how you're doing in your engineering job. Because you need to know on a more continuous basis. This episode teaches you how to get that feedback more often from your boss. Including pointed questions that draw out the input you need.

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It's your dream to be known for something in your engineering career. To make an impact in a certain area. In this episode learn how your expertise can be the seed for making this happen and how it can facilitate a fulfilling career experience.

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You probably haven't looked at your resume much since you got your latest job. But it's an essential tool even if you're not applying for new engineering positions. So you want to keep it up to date.  In this episode learn other important uses for your resume. And get 5 tips for keeping it current.

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Networking tasks tend to get pushed off. But to be a better networker you need to give them some priority. In this episode you'll learn 3 networking mistakes to avoid. It will inspire you to be more proactive when it comes to career connections.

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Leading a cross-functional team is the ultimate engineering experience. It’s a fascinating form of team leadership. And there’s so much you can learn that will help you in your career. In this episode learn the unique challenges of managing cross-functional teams and how it will benefit you.

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You’re always a little anxious about keeping your team engaged at work. But it turns out that, as a woman engineer, you have some innate leadership tendencies that naturally inspire people. In this episode learn some motivation essentials and find out why you're a natural team motivator.

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You've made a plan and followed it. You've  gotten yourself this far in your engineering career. But now things seem so much more complex. It's hard to compete and get to the next level. This episode will teach you how to bring in your superpower and use it to be ready for whatever comes at you in your career.

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You have the opportunity to provide input for your performance reviews. More than just reminding your boss of your activities, you should be emphasizing your impact. In this episode you'll learn the difference between actions and impact. And you'll come away with tips for creating effective impact statements that show your value.

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Interviewing is so nerve-wracking.  It’s normal to be uneasy about it. You need to bring your best self and showcase your engineering skills. But there's something else you should know. In this episode, learn the secret that will result in a winning interview.

 


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You already have an idea of what your next job will be. And when the time is right, you'll take that next step. But maybe that right time is right now. In this episode you'll realize you're using excuses to hold back. And find good reasons to make your move.

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Maybe your future engineering role might be a supervisory one. A great way to prepare for the boss you want to be is to reflect on what you – as an engineer now – consider to be the ideal. This episode will spark some ideas for what makes a good boss. And you can use them to develop yourself into the leader you want to be.

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It's a given that your engineering job has built-in stress. And as a woman engineer you may have additional stress from your own expectations. At a certain level, this is all manageable. But too much stress leads to overwhelm. In this episode you'll learn about overwhelm, how to assess it and ways you can alleviate it.

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Influential relationships give you an edge in your career. If you lack them you're at a disadvantage. But with a little strategizing you can fix that. This episode provides a framework to create your strategy for cultivating influential relationships in your engineering career.

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A significant amount of your influence in your engineering career is determined simply by your thoughts and words. Thoughts and words have energy. They affect your beliefs and actions, and those of others. In this episode learn 3 ways to use them as career tools to build trust, credibility and foundation as an engineer.

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If you don't have a lot of confidence it impedes your career progress. And even if you have higher levels of confidence, you’re continuously looking for ways to maintain it. This episode provides more insights on confidence and how to continue building it by exploring 3 areas: speaking up, your inner wisdom, and aspiration.

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Professional respect comes not only from your expertise, but from how you communicate it. In this episode, you'll learn how influence and credibility - both personal and technical - come into play.  And you'll come away with some tips and ideas for how to show you're a credible engineer.

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Episode 50 is a milestone for Her Engineering Career. So we're taking time to celebrate! It's a reminder to stop every once in a while, notice the progress you've made, and give yourself kudos. And, in gratitude for you the listener, it's a recap of important themes and topics we've covered in the last year.

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Soon after you start a new job, disillusion can set in.  It happens when there's a disconnect between your understanding of what to expect and what you actually experience. In this episode, learn how disillusion can trap you. And come away with ideas for getting your possibilities back into focus.

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Mentors are valuable. You won’t get as far in your engineering career without them. A mentor will help you build skills. But, more important, they show you the way. This episode provides 8 insights to help you take the greatest advantage of your mentorship experiences.

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