In this article, (and video above), I talk about the impact that studying for the PE exam can have on your networking efforts, and provide some tips on how you can network effectively while studying for the PE Exam. Whether you are an engineering student, recent graduate, or have been working as an engineer for years, these tips will help you to build your network as an engineer while studying, which will greatly benefit your engineering career.
Studying for the PE exam can be really hard and stressful, and you probably want to spend as much time as possible studying. However, there is something to be said about studying too much, or over-preparing. Although this differs for everyone, many people have a limit to how much information they can absorb each day. To ensure that you do not waste your time by studying too much and to ensure that you get the most value out of all of your study sessions it is important to find a good balance between studying and relaxing. Easier said than done, right? I know it can be hard, but using the right study strategy may actually benefit you more than just studying for hours on end.
That being said, a perfect way to relax, while still digesting knowledge, is to network or as I like to refer to it, build relationships while studying. And I know the word ‘networking’ is often scary to engineers and technical professionals, but networking doesn’t have to be scary, and in fact, it can be a career game-changer.
Networking is a key part of any business or career, no matter the industry. You never know when a connection will be able to provide you with a great resource to use, or some tips that worked for them when studying for the PE Exam, or even a new job, somewhere down the road in your career.