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CAREER PATH

TIPS FOR NAVIGATING THROUGH
THE ENTRY-LEVEL POSITION
I went to work in the automotive industry right out of college. While I
have since moved into the academic world, here are some things I would
like to share based upon my experiences.
When working on a project, it is important to consider it as a learning
opportunity. It is important to stay positive and to have a good attitude
towards the project and not be discouraged or say negative things.
Even if the project gets cancelled, focus on the experience you had and
the knowledge you have gained that you can apply to the next project.
About 30 years ago, I was assigned to a small project involving 3D
printing, which at the time was very new. The project was going along
fine; then it was cancelled. I was discouraged, but it was great to learn
about 3D printing.
Keep in mind that some of your colleagues might not be as skilled or
as motivated as you. Accept that, and work with each of your colleagues
in a constructive way. If you're working as an entry level engineer in a
group of, say, two dozen people, eventually someone in that group will
be considered to be the new manager of the group. But, there's only
one management spot. So, you want to show your colleagues and your
managers that you can work through others-that is, demonstrate that
you can get other people to perform tasks and monitor them and make
sure they do a good job.
As an entry-level engineer, you're probably going to be working with
designers, draftsman, and technicians. It helps to show that you can
work effectively with those folks, and that later as a manager, you'll be
able to do the same with your engineering group.

It's always good to help others when you're working
on a project. You might find that you have a "light" day,
and you don't have tasks that fill the entire workday.
Perhaps you're waiting on someone else's output and
you really can't move forward. It is in your best interest
to help others with their tasks, if they need it. You'll find
that that's often reciprocated when you might need help
yourself. It something that shows very good initiative and
also of course helps the project keep on schedule.
Finally, an entrepreneurial approach works at a large
organization, too. Be on the lookout for opportunities
and act on them. Try to come up with innovative
solutions. Also, have a customer focus: figure out who's
going to be evaluating your work and using your work
product and think of what you can do to impress them.
Your career is a long journey, but you only get one shot
at it. Manage it carefully.
John Callister, Ph.D., Faculty Advisor, Cornell FSAE
Racing College of Engineering, Cornell University,
wrote this article for MOMENTUM. He is Senior
Lecturer, MAE & ORIE Departments, and Director
of the Harvey Kinzelberg Entrepreneurship in
Engineering Program.

NEW SAE TECHNICAL PAPER
COMPETITION LAUNCHES
The mobility industry is rapidly changing, and students and young
professionals will be at the forefront of fostering these transformations.
The SAE International Membership Team is excited to present the new
member-exclusive Student and Young Professional Technical Paper
Competition in association with the inaugural SAE Innovations in
Mobility conference slated for October 29-31, 2019, in Novi, Mich.
Only the top two student and two young professional papers will
be chosen as winners of the competition. The four paper authors will
be offered all-expenses-paid trips to the conference, travel and hotel
reimbursements, and an opportunity to present their papers.
But all of the authors whose papers are accepted should consider
themselves winners in that they will have the distinction of being
published by SAE International, gaining exposure to some of the
industry's most forward-thinking leaders in the process.

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Members are invited to submit their abstract by no
later than March 25, 2019. More details are available at
sae.org/attend/innovationsinmobility.

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Momentum - February 2019
Contents
Go all in with your student membership
Briefs
Battling the elements
‘Hard work, determination, and a little bit of luck’
Shootout in Canada
How to lead a team
Plan, prepare, and succeed
‘The Eagle has landed’
SAE Detroit Section helps teams prep for Formula SAE season
SAE 101: Organically developed member groups considered for new organization model
DOSSIER: Mario Gutierrez of Robby Gordon Motorsports
Tips for navigating through the entry-level position
New SAE technical paper competition launches
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Momentum - February 2019 - Cover2
Momentum - February 2019 - Contents
Momentum - February 2019 - Go all in with your student membership
Momentum - February 2019 - Briefs
Momentum - February 2019 - Battling the elements
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Momentum - February 2019 - 6
Momentum - February 2019 - 7
Momentum - February 2019 - ‘Hard work, determination, and a little bit of luck’
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Momentum - February 2019 - Shootout in Canada
Momentum - February 2019 - How to lead a team
Momentum - February 2019 - 13
Momentum - February 2019 - Plan, prepare, and succeed
Momentum - February 2019 - ‘The Eagle has landed’
Momentum - February 2019 - SAE Detroit Section helps teams prep for Formula SAE season
Momentum - February 2019 - SAE 101: Organically developed member groups considered for new organization model
Momentum - February 2019 - DOSSIER: Mario Gutierrez of Robby Gordon Motorsports
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Momentum - February 2019 - New SAE technical paper competition launches
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