What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Design Engineer in Long Beach:
"No one knows what I do."
I'm a design engineer now with a strong graphic design background. Most software engineers have little to no skill or knowledge with layout and design. My engineering skills are average or maybe below, by my strengths lend themselves nicely to the software development industry. As part of the team, I'm able to implement complex designs which allows the company to release complete products without needing to hire outside consulting to implement designs. It still seems like there is a lack of awareness of this need in the software world. CSS is seen as a bit of a mystery that few engineers see the value in learning.
Design Engineer in Denver:
"How I contribute to the big picture."
Ask questions. Don't hesitate to reach out when things don't make sense.
Design Engineer in Tulsa:
Work with the people in the shop, as well as in the office. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty.
Everything is in the details for triple check your work, and make sure everything is there that is needed.
Design Engineer in Los Angeles:
Learn everything you can about every part of the business and be pushy in getting to learn as mush as possible in each job. You build a skill set, create a bigger network of colleagues, and become a better rounded employee.
Design Engineer in Asheville:
"Learn from everybody."
Learn as much as you can from people who have been working in the field for a while. Not just other engineers or executives, but technicians, secretaries, maintenance techs, laboratory assistants, customers. Everybody who will talk to you.