First I wanted to say thanks for putting together this podcast. It has had an enormous impact on me. I am currently a structural engineer, but at the same time I will graduate with my MBA in December. Once I receive the degree, I plan on setting out for a career change. My ultimate goal is to get into the Business Development and Corporate Strategy area. This leads me to my question for you guys and the discussion group.
What are the best ways that I can make this transition? Any good advice in that area? I have spent the past 5 years as an engineer learning very good skills but they don’t translate on a specific level to the business jobs that I will be looking for. How do I convince an employer that taking the risk of hiring somebody with my experience and education is worth their risk?
Also on the resume building, I understand the power of making it accomplishment based. I am not really sure how I will be able to build this type of resume. My first issue is that my accomplishments aren’t measured on a scale like how much money I can save the company or things like that because are tasks are to analyze the structure for a certain design life criteria. The only schedule and budget impact stuff that I do is to write VBA scripts that shorten the time it takes to do some of our daily tasks.
The second question is how to I phrase these things into ways that the hiring manager would understand/care?
What are the skills and accomplishments in engineering that would be the best to highlight in both my resume and interviews?
Again, thank you for making your podcast. It has given me a fantastic avenue to gain exposure to the concepts in business before I am in too deep. I cannot wait until I am in a situation where I can put more of them to use.