Give her a task that could easily be done by a piece of software.
Then tell her to do it again. And again. (No software.)
And tell her it has to be this way because this is the way it was for you.
The problem now, of course, is you don’t just have a bored engineer.
You have a bored engineer who’s looking for the exit. And a possible new recruiting problem.
Yeah, I know, you didn’t leave. But youngsters today have more options (and more gumption) than your generation.
The solution to a recruiting (or employee engagement) problem is simple: Eliminate boredom.
Once you’ve got that first engineering job, you’ll have to deal with an array of new faces, names, job titles and processes. Someone will probably push a series of organizational charts (org charts, for short) in front of you, illustrating the hierarchy and reporting structure of the company, the department you’re in, who does what, who reports to whom, etc, etc.
It will be bewildering at first.
It will be bewildering later on, when you change departments or companies. A whole new set of face, names, processes, etc.
These org charts exist in aerospace companies for two reasons. One is obvious: Just as a map helps you navigate from one place to another, an org chart helps people understand how to interact with each other day-to-day.
Continue reading Kickstart Your Aerospace Career – How on Earth Does This Place WORK?
“Oh, the times, they are a-changing’ . . . . . . ”
It’s a necessary, if unfortunate, feature of the aerospace industry, that it is highly regulated. Of course. The flying public has this irrational desire to want to arrive at their destination in one piece. With their baggage. Therefore, the process of designing, making, and operating aircraft must be regulated tightly.
Which means, those working in it live in a very conservative little bubble. You tend not to have much clue of what life is like in other bubbles.
And you tend to attract people who are conservative and blinkered in outlook.
I’m still meeting people in aerospace who say, “Yeah, I’ve heard about this LinkedIn thing. What is it?”
In a fast-changing world, that approach to life is fine, as long as your nice little bubble stays intact.
Don’t count on it.
Continue reading Stay on the leading edge of the drag curve
I just read a thought-provoking post on LinkedIn:
Too many ideas, not enough good developers.
He was speaking Silicon Valley-ese, of course, and referring to coders and software geeks.
But it set me thinking:
How do I think of myself?
A bit like the two Medieval-era stonemasons, who were asked, “What do you do?
One replied, “I cut stones.”
Continue reading The Right Mindset
I’ve recently become a Wired magazine junkie.
It’s been on the newsstand for almost two decades, and I’ve read the occasional Wired article online. But for whatever reason, I’d never actually peeked inside a hard copy until just a few months ago, when one of my teenagers came home with one.
It’s amazing what you learn just by imitating your kids.
Lo and behold, last week Wired‘s chief editor Chris Anderson came to town, lecturing to promote his latest book Makers.
The promotion worked. I bought the book, and am now devouring it. (On my Kindle, where I could buy it for half the price of the hard copy being flogged at the promotion. So the promotion was only 50% efficient. Ha, take that!)
I expected the lecture to be about 3D printing. And it was, but only in part.
Continue reading The 21st Century technological culture gap