Make Ethics A Part Of Your Professional Engineer Job Search
The economy is picking up and college students are getting ready to graduate, which means many Florida residents are ramping up their job searches. Many will soon be looking for professional engineer positions.
This is a good career option for many people, as jobs will likely be plentiful. This means that if you’re looking for a career in this field, getting a job shouldn’t be too hard. However, you should think long and hard before accepting any offer.
Why? Because of ethics. Some companies take ethics very seriously, while others do not. Be wary of the ones who don’t share your views on ethics because they could force you to compromise on your ethical values. In a worst case scenario, you could lose your license.
Once you find a company that has a job that interests you, think about the company’s sense of ethics and how it aligns with yours. When you think of ethics, think of all your values. Is what’s important to you also important to the company? An example of this is family matters. Some companies are flexible in allowing workers to take time off to be with family, while others are very strict and require 60-hour weeks. Will you be able to adapt to such an environment?
Ethics can also mean community involvement. Does the company give back to the community? Does it focus on volunteer and fundraising efforts to help disadvantaged people in the community? If it doesn’t, is it something that’s important to you?
Let’s not forget the general sense of ethics. This is very important in the civil engineering field, as engineers deal with this all the time as they develop projects for the community. The people should come first and you should never feel the pressure to compromise your beliefs. If you do, it’s time to find a new job, because an ethical violation can lead to serious penalties, including license loss.
The bottom line is that when starting out in a professional civil engineering career, perform a thorough assessment of the company first. Don’t just accept a job offer with the first company that offers you one. You should have a clear idea what values are important to you because not all companies do things the right way. Some are focused on profits over people, and this can harm your career in the long run. Follow your heart and success will follow.
Keep Your License With Help From a Tampa Professional Engineers Licensing Lawyer
While professional civil engineers may be eager to take any job they can get right now, it pays to be a little picky. You want to choose a company that you respect and admire, and this includes many factors, including ethics.
An ethics violation can be serious, causing you to lose your license. Protect your license and livelihood with Tampa professional engineers licensing lawyer David P. Rankin. He has represented more than 100 professional engineers before the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. If you are facing licensing issues, he can help you as well. Call (813) 968-6633 or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation.