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Mongolian Ship Found in 13th Century Wreck

The Asahi Shimbun reports that the second shipwreck found  from an attempted Mongolian invasion of Japan in the 13th century. It is believed the ship sank due to a natural disaster before it reached Japan’s shores. Click here for more

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22- Tactical Networking: 3 Tips for preparing to network

  Tactical Networking (ˈtaktək(ə)l ˈnetˌwərking) : developing a strategic plan consisting of actionable items that will enhance your productivity at events focused on exchange of information aimed at producing mutually beneficial relationships A few months ago, I had the privilege of being part of a panel on business development at the Engineering Career Success Summit (ECSS) in Washington, DC. The moderator for the panel, Christian Knutson, PE, has had a distinguished career in the U.S. Air...

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23- Emotional Intelligence: Changing your emotional weather

If you had to classify your mood as a weather system today, what would it be? Is it an overcast day with a chance of hail? Is it a clear day full of sunshine? If you are like me, your emotions vary as much as the weather. Unfortunately, various triggers can change your emotional state. It is how you react to the triggers that make you successful. By taking control of your emotional weather, you...

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24- Join a trade group today to advance your career

As a student or an entry-level engineer, one of the best ways to advance your career is join a professional organization specific to your industry. This type of group is often referred to as a trade group, and joining one can help you learn from, and connect with, like-minded professionals to help you grow your career. The benefits of joining such a group include the opportunity to take advantage of the group’s rich history in...

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21- Shy no more- 4 tips for successful business networking

Do you know someone who is extroverted? These are the people that make conversation look easy. Often, they walk into a room and can strike a conversation with anyone they choose and make friends easily. People like them and even seem to be drawn to them. What is it about these magnetic personalities that sets them apart from others? It can be overwhelming for anyone to attend an event where everyone in the room as...

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20- 99 Icebreaker Questions

The term “ice breaker” is often used to describe an activity that is designed to result in strangers getting to know each other. The goal of the activity is for people to feel comfortable with each other and help them engage in comfortable conversation. Depending on the networking situation, you may find that there is a formal, structured, activity to help people get to know each other. If not, you can use on or more...

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19- Your words have power, choose them wisely

Words have power. If you don’t believe me, consider the beginning of the following sentence: “Once upon a time…” Reading this sentence likely already set your brain in motion to hear a story that takes place in a fantasyland. Just as this sentence triggers a specific reaction from your brain, the words you use every day can trigger reactions from other people. As a future leader, you should commit to setting the standard for a...

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18- Email productivity: 4 tips for managing your inbox

Do you find it difficult to manage you email? Throughout my childhood, I was fortunate enough to travel with my parents to various places where I met other kids my own age. As a classic “Type A,” I wanted to keep in touch with these new friends and hear about their lives, schooling, and hobbies. Unfortunately, the internet was not yet available to the average American household and long distance telephone rates were as high...

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17- Use different perspectives to advance your career

Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye- Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost Success. It’s all about perspective. Which of these pictures do you find to be the most beautiful? Both pictures are beautiful to different people. Each viewer approaches the pictures from his or her own experiences and preconceived notions of beauty. For example, if you are a person who associates cherry blossoms with a fond memory of playing t-ball in a park, you might...

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16- Follow Lewis & Clark: Goal Setting

Goal setting can be a stressful and challenging task if you don’t know what you want or where to start. Achieving your goals can be as easy, or as complicated, as you want it to be. In this blog, I will share a few of my notes on achieving goals. The three most important considerations in setting and achieving your goals are alignment of day-to-day tasks, focus on the goal, and a strong support system...