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Your nuclear energy career is highly dependent on your technical skillset and knowledge. You couldn’t do the work without those skills. However, to really take your career to the next level, you need more than the basics. Great engineers are always learning, always looking for the latest trends and technologies to supplement their knowledge base. Once you have the foundational mathematical and scientific skills needed to earn the title of engineer, the job has only begun. The best professionals in this field are able to round out their technical skills with soft skills that will help them build better teams and lead projects to greater successes. Here are several things you can do to push your nuclear career forward.

1. Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is a key quality that can take you from good to great. This shows up in all aspects of work starting from requirement gathering and design, to automating processes or using existing processes, to development and delivery, and, finally, quality control. A detail-oriented candidate spots inefficiencies and opportunities to improve workflow which others might miss. These incremental improvements have the potential for aggregating and delivering a large optimization gain in the end-to-end pipeline.

2. Project Management Skills

Great project management skills are an asset in any industry. This is especially true for the nuclear power industry where time is money. When you have great project management skills, you can make all the difference between landing a large project on time and on budget. On the other hand, the lack of this key skillset can not only delay and derail a project, but it can also damage the company’s reputation with the client and can potentially cause monetary damage.

3. Leadership and Teambuilding Skills

Of course, it takes leadership skills to be a good leader, but it’s also about building a team. In fact, the importance of teamwork and leadership skills is difficult to overstate. Collaboration is at the heart of a successful organization. A good team player can get others around him excited about the project and deliver output that is exponentially greater than any one individual can achieve. This is a critical skill in managers where the success of the team and the company depends on working as a team and fostering a collaborative work environment. But employees who are not managers are also very well supported by strong leadership skills. It can really be a driving factor in your career progression.

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If you are looking for creative and effective ways to grow your engineering career, give the industry-savvy recruiters at Williams Industrial a call today!

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