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Recommendations for employers

  • Entry level candidates need a strong technical foundation as well as mathematical ability, while more experienced candidates should show a high level of emotional intelligence and social skills;
  • Provide continuous on-the-job training across all levels, regardless of years of experience, as this is how engineers expect to gain the skills they need;
  • Make soft skills part of your selection criteria when recruiting, with problem solving and communication skills essential;
  • Look for aptitude to adaptability and candidates who are willing to learn and are interested in digital transformation, as well as identifying industry partners to work with and learn from;
  • Keep your knowledge of STEM, environmentally sustainable design and life-cycle assessment up to date, as employees list these as the top three to be familiar with in order to do their job effectively;
  • Offer clear career paths and give staff the skills and opportunities to work on projects that allow them to stretch their skills and grow;
  • Promote the quality of the work your practice produces in order to attract candidate interest;
  • To attract and retain top talent, promote a culture of flexible working arrangements or part-time hours so that staff feel confident asking for such arrangements

Recommendations for professionals

  • Develop a strong and current technical foundation, including calculation/mathematical skills, relevant software skills and skills of the future, such as 3D modelling and make upskilling part of your regular career development;
  • Demonstrate to employers a can-do attitude and an appetite for digital transformation and to learn quickly;
  • Demonstrate problem-solving, communication and social skills, as this is critical when working with various stakeholders;
  • Familiarise yourself with knowledge around STEM skills, environmentally sustainable design and life-cycle assessment. Read trade publications and utilise other resources to take yourself forward;
  • Be confident, admit your mistakes and fix them. Never stop asking questions if you are unsure about something;
  • Make sure you are aware of the latest sustainable tools and practices as well as the trends that influence the industry most, such as renewable energy, city expansion and population growth;
  • When looking for a new job, assess the quality of the work produced and ensure you are aligned to the vision and values of the practice in order to fit the culture