There are no less than 85 engineering disciplines currently listed on Wikipedia.
Differentiating yourself is up to you. Because no one understands how you think, your training, the tools you use to problem solve, cause-and-effect relationships you see that they simply miss, or why and how you use statistics so comfortably.
Which isn’t a bad place to be, at all…….
Next time you are in a meeting, instead of diving into solving individual issues, let folks talk. Ask good questions. Spin the problem out to it’s true context. Thank people and let them know why expanding the issues helps your brand of engineering solve the real problem.
Root causes can be the result of really large contexts.
Folks may begin to see you as more than “an engineer.” More like someone who speaks their language. A resource. They just might begin to “get it.”
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