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Engineers are not immune when it comes to experiencing COVID-19’s impact. PWC reported at the end of March that a range of challenges will be presented to the industry, which could deepen, “…depending on the severity and length of the crisis in the US and globally.” While there has been a clear delineation between what essential (go to work) and non-essential (stay at home) workers should be doing, there remains...
Do you really achieve flexibility / independence when working as a freelance engineer? That’s the big question, and it’s important because the very reason why you’re choosing your career in the field while working in a freelance capacity is to gain the benefits of flexibility and independence. But there are a couple of considerations you need to keep in mind. First, we need to establish the fact that the concept of...
If you’re still employed, you’re probably having a lot of video conferences right about now. It’s gone from something that happened occasionally to something that has become a daily ritual for a significant percentage of now-housebound office workers. And as this technology and its more frequent use is taking off with – dare we say – viral impact, let’s set some rules or guidelines as to its use....
It’s important to create a good work-life balance when you’re working as an engineering freelancer, as it is with any profession. But when your working life has been shaped around you maintaining your hours, your schedule and doing what’s best for you, it’s important that you keep in mind that your work-life balance needs to be maintained. Here are four tips to help you ensure this happens. Set aside...
Australia is in the middle of an infrastructure boom, one that is unprecedented in recent times, and according to experts will continue for the next five to 15 years . The current boom is vastly different from projects of yesteryear, which concentrated on social infrastructure; hospitals, prisons and schools. Infrastructure mega-projects happening now are mainly around transport, mining and energy.  Balancing environmental and...
In the last few decades the shift to the study electives of business, tourism, hospitality and legal studies meant that enrolments in subjects such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics fell below optimal levels. The growing commercial opportunities of employment in those areas was ample encouragement for school leavers not needing or wanting to go onto university for tertiary studies. Those that did go onto university...
The business landscape is changing, and it’s changing fast. Tough competition is forcing businesses to cut costs by any means necessary. One way of doing that is to reduce expenses in personnel costs, which has remarkably contributed to the fast rise of the freelance economy. As Australia’s infrastructure is booming, we are starting to notice an increase within freelancing engineers from many sectors; engineering also consists of...
The transition from resource-based economy to more and more innovative, diverse and technology-based one generates a demand for different kinds of knowledge and capabilities than ever before. The know-how needed in the new economy is substantially based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. However, the rates of secondary students taking up these subjects are alarmingly low. One of the biggest STEM based fields...
We sat down with Khush Jabble, a former successful global engineering headhunter and the founder of KAPZ – a leading custom bicycle parts manufacturing company based in the UK – to talk about the challenges of recruiting engineers for some of the biggest infrastructure jobs, working for yourself as a contractor and changing industries entirely. Engineering is so critical to an organisation’s bottom line, what is the...
In the old days of traditional work models, we were not only discouraged from having second jobs, or working ‘on the side’; in some cases it was forbidden. Helping the enemy was feared and so was, and still is, the misuse of proprietary information. However the business landscape is changing rapidly, and some companies are now encouraging their staff, especially in engineering roles, to get further experience outside of their...