As mentioned in my last post, one of the most critical factors to achieving success in the workplace is finding sponsors - the right sponsors - who will open doors for you and actively support you as you grow. Malcolm Gladwell listed this as one of the 3 critical factors for meteoric success in his book, Outliers (along… Continue reading Mentorship vs. Sponsorship for career advancement
Seeing as though I have dated not one, but two engineers, and I am constantly surrounded by (male) engineers, I seem to have become the authority on this topic. My site stats agree that this content - strange as it may be - attracts substantial traffic. So here it is: why not to date an… Continue reading What to consider before dating an engineer
I recently got a comment from a reader who asked me to share some tips on what to wear for a first interview with some engineering companies. Having a little experience in that department, let me try and offer some advice. 1. Be prepared Possibly the most important thing you can do before an interview is… Continue reading Interview Tips for Engineers
So as you know, I am a femal mechanical engineer. Most people think this is pretty cool, and I definitely do, but it sometimes gets really annoying having to constantly prove your right to be in the room... Now please dont think I'm just a whiney, neo-feminist, poor-me woman in the workplace. To be honest,… Continue reading The Smallest Girl in the Room
Since IMECE is around the corner, this year being held in the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado, I tought I'd give you a couple of ideas on how to dress for success in Winter. If you're new to Engineer Chic, you might want to have a look at previous posts on What Does Business Casual… Continue reading Winter Business Wear
Last week I got an email from a young engineer in need of wardrobe help. I was more than happy to offer some advice: I came across your blog awhile ago, and was wondering if you could help me with a little problem. I'm about to start work at my first engineering internship in a major shipping company (and I'll probably… Continue reading First-Day-of-Work Wardrobe Tips
Now this is a really tricky one because there is just so much that can fall into this category...A neat skirt-suit can be business-casual, and on the other hand, you can get away with dressing up a pair of jeans too! So let me start by describing what business causal ISN'T. … Continue reading What does Business-Casual mean anyway?
I have just returned from an ASME leadership training conference (LTC) that was held in Dallas, USA where I had the chance to meet a whole bunch of interesting people from all over the world.I was busy talking about my bright pink hard hat, when I got a 'OMG, are you Engineer-Chic?This was a real… Continue reading Selling Yourself: Where Engineers get it Wrong!
Its Valentines Day!Isn't it just great to know there are millions of people out there that are celebrating LOVE right now?(I really thought this was super cute)So lets talk a little about love and engineering...Sure, we're not known to be the most romantic of disciplines, and yes, many of the engineers I know aren't naturally… Continue reading Love and Engineers