We are back with episode fourteen of the 1% Engineer Show and how to handle Blogging to Career Success. Check it out below and check back on Fridays for new videos. Don’t forget to look into The 1% Engineer website for more interesting posts!
Looking for a way to stand out among peers in your STEM field? Maybe an outlet to tell your story, to document your STEM journey? And what if I told you that you can also use this resume addition / portfolio device / student or career journal as a networking tool as well? Then you need to start an engineering blog and hack your way to networking success. You’re a STEMedia community member after all. STEMedia = STEM + creativity + content & media generation. Perfect right!
One tip I give to all of the students I mentor, is that they should start an engineering blog. It’s free, it’s awesome, and it provides all the aforementioned benefits for your future professional journey, particularly the networking benefits. A blog acts as an easy entity to leverage when you want to conduct informational interviews, if you’d like to build better relationships with your teachers / professors, colleges you look up to, mentors you may have, etc. No one will turn you down if you’re writing a blog article about them, their expertise, and the idea of inspiring someone else to become a successful STEMer. Having a blog turns an “ask” into a “give”. You’re giving them exposure. You’re giving them content. You’re giving them a boost to their ego. You cannot go wrong here.
Choose a niche in your field and start blogging today, tonight, this weekend. If you like software engineering, choose that. Robotics? AI? Drones? Space technology? Driverless cars? AI? Choose whatever niche you love the most, whatever area would be your dream job, and start writing short articles about that. After a couple weeks, once you build up some momentum, you can start reaching out to people about featuring them on your blog.
I’d love to hear about the handful of you who actually do this. Email meat firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share your blog with the 1% Engineers 🙂 happy writing!