General hints, tips and throughts on your professional career


Travel PlanEven though you may have experience traveling, it is always a good idea to make a business travel plan. Many companies actually require you to submit some form of travel plan before you are even allowed to go on a business trip. But even if such a requirement is not imposed I’d still recommend to make one.

Why should I make a Business Travel Plan?

Think of it as a flight plan: no airline pilot is ever allowed to take off without one. So why should you?

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passportYour job as an engineer – especially as you gain seniority – may require business travel to foreign countries. In my own experience the time available to plan such a trip is always limited which may leave you in a crunch trying to get your passport and visa in order.

Passport Tips & Tricks

Now here’s a few tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years:

  1. Keep an eye on your passport validity (expiry date). This may sound obvious, but keep in mind that most countries will require 6 months validity beyond the return date of your trip in order to supply you with an entry visa. This means you may wish to renew your passport in advance to keep up your readiness for business travel. Note that there may not be any time available (or additional cost involved) for an emergency renewal when you need to apply for a visa as well. Read the rest of this entry »

In the EPC business a fair number of design mistakes, misconceptions or even simple goof-ups stand in the way of sound project execution (and profit!) each year.

As an engineer, you can play a pivotal role in the project team in case you are able to sniff out trouble the moment it’s heading towards you. This way the problem can be tackled before it takes on unmanageable proportions.

The e-book “21 Process Design Pitfalls” will help you develop the right mindset for this task, using real life examples in which the proverbial s**t really hit the fan!

Version 2.0 of this bestselling e-book is now available in the e-book libary!


Once your first resume got you started as a junior engineer, you may have had the impression that it served its purpose and could be forgotten until you’d wish to apply for another job. However, a resume serves multiple purposes. The value of those will become clear over time, especially if you failed to maintain your resume properly.

Actually I’m not talking about the document itself, which is a rather condensed summary of your personal data, experience and skill-set. I prefer to look at resume maintenance in a broader sense. It involves keeping track systematically of (and keeping a file on) the positions held, projects and assignments completed, received training, lessons learned and skills developed in much more detail than will (and should) ever surface in the resume document.
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