Working in a place for an extended period of time creates a unique bond, your co-workers become like family. The relationships with those you interact with on a regular basis develop a rhythm that enables you to be so in tune with a person, you can even tell by the way they said good morning if they are off beat. Whether positive or negative everyone learns everyone else's song.
On Thursday March 9, 2017, we hosted our first event part of NicheCon: Fireside Chat Tour. In her role, Noelle supports up and coming companies who are trying to solve the world’s biggest issues by connecting entrepreneurs with the right people and resources. But we were lucky enough to host her for a more intimate discussion about how she came to be in this position.
Within months of starting my first full-time jobs I felt like I made professional, working relationships with dozens — from student employees to my boss’s to colleagues in cross functional areas. And those relationships go a long way when things get tough, when you need feedback or just need someone to go out to lunch (or a much needed happy hour) with. If you are bored and tired with your current “network” or are in need of making connections that are real, find groups like these in your respected area — and if there isn’t one, start one. Put yourself out there, and show up. A simple smile and being nice will go a long way. Trust me.
Students often feel like they are cast into the working world with little experience and nothing but complex equations floating around in their head when more useful skills such as networking and personal management might have been useful. What I want to share is something my granddad taught me while I was questioning my devotion to the engineering program and the post-secondary institution I was a part of. Though this framework is often reserved for the physical constraints of this world, at its core, it is simply a way of problem solving. With this in mind I have decided to approach the conceptual challenge of success from an engineering perspective in an attempt to help others logically define, execute, and apply the necessary steps towards their version of triumph.