I have a bachelor degree in machinery. Now, I’m getting a master in engineering management and want to do an engineering management-related job afterwards, but I don’t have any experience in this, am not good at talking, and am not confident. Can you give some advice?
Zhishang Career Expert Answer：
Based on what you described, I’d say you have two choices. The first is you believe these gaps are just too big and you don’t have the ability to close them. So even though you’re interested in it, maybe you’re just not fit for a role in engineering management, which requires stronger soft skills and leadership skills. Maybe you’re just a pure technical guy who’s only suited for more technical roles. If this is what you believe, then don’t even try to change or improve.
The second is you’re mature and realistic about what you need to improve to be successful at what you want to do. If this is the case, then just start working on closing those gaps and weaknesses. For instance, regarding your poor communication skills, early in my career, I also faced this challenge when I decided to leave my engineering job to pursue a business career. If I wanted to succeed as a businessman though, then improving my ability to communicate better was not an option. It had to happen. I knew this so I immediately put my energy into finding ways to improve it.
As for confidence, in any management role you’re essentially a leader. You may not lead people, but even to lead a process or part of a business or operation you need to be somebody that others view as reliable and confident. What raises your confidence the most is understanding your job, being good at what you do, and knowing you can deliver good results. Again, these just require you to work hard at becoming solid at what it takes to be successful at what you want to do.
Even though you lack experience, you’ll graduate with a masters in engineering management so you should be able to at least attract entry level positions. But if you expect to be successful in this profession, then you need to recognize and work at overcoming your gaps and weaknesses. That’s the same for anyone who realistically wants to succeed at what they want to pursue.