Prepineer Digest 013
Bucking FE Exam statistics, those limiting beliefs, economics and talking eligibility
Let me get to the point…
Any progress you have made in your life came at the expense of you being comfortable – you took a risk.
As individuals, we all desire to live our greatest life.
But for some reason, post-academia, we tend to slip from taking accountable for our own contentment and professional trajectory to handing it all over to our employers.
They will take care of us, right?
I think you know the answer to that.
Despite being fully aware at your core that things could be better, taking the smallest risk at this point can be another level of “uncomfortable”.
But let me just say…
Taking risk outside your comfort zone is not only necessary to progress in your career, but it is the ONLY way to fully finding your life’s purpose.
Putting ourselves out there allows for us to expose and expand in to areas we are most passionate about.
It allows us to identify a clear picture of how we best operate and what brings US contentment.
No one will ever care about you more than you do for yourself, so why place your personal fate in to other people’s hands?
You’ve got to confidently push yourself outside your comfort zone knowing that only growth can come from it.
And that is what we are all after, I am right there by your side to help!
Justin Dickmeyer, PE
What’s featured in this weeks digest
In this Prepineer digest, we are diving deep in to some of the more important components of exam prep, inching you forward, one brick at a time, towards success on the FE Exam – here is the rundown:
- We start off talking about how an onslaught of unsubstantiated beliefs that will set out to derail you from the start…your duty is to expose them: (un)scalable Limiting Beliefs
- Need some reps in practice, we’ve got you covered, walking you through a practice problem in Engineering Economics: How do you define the Rate of Return on an engineering investment?
- What are the requirements to take the FE Exam, are you even eligible: When am I eligible to take the FE Exam?
- They say 65.9% of those who have to retake the FE Exam will end up failing it again – Mario didn’t allow himself to become part of this statistic. A Prepineer Success: The inspirational story of Mario Gutierrez
Click where you’d like to start, or check out each resource individually, whichever way you go, enjoy!
(un)scalable Limiting Beliefs
For a moment, remove yourself from any judgments you are placing on yourself when thinking about taking the FE Exam.
Right now, let’s be neutral.
In this moment, there is no:
- I have been out of school for too long.
- I wasn’t that good of a student.
- I am bad at taking tests.
- I don’t have the time to study.
Whatever it is for you, seek to expose the narrative you are creating for yourself.
A narrative that hasn’t even played itself out, yet with each passing day and subconscious reinforcement, you incrementally add a brick to a wall that must be scaled.
These thoughts, at there core, hold no weight.
They are nothing but unsubstantiated beliefs the mind will contrive in an effort to release the tension that arises when we consider tackling a major undertaking.
Over a decade working with engineers, there aren’t many that have escaped the flurry of limiting beliefs that go to war on us at the onset.
These students, just like you, initially felt the journey was near impossible – and for some, it was.
For some, the imaginary wall built within became one too massive to scale. They adopted the false narratives they were feeding themselves, reinforcing each self-sabotaging belief until it became “truth”.
But it doesn’t need to end this way.
While some succumb to a fortress they erect around themselves, others courageously push forward despite these thoughts, these obstacles, knowing that it is all part of the process.
You can do the same.
But you must first pursue self awareness, removing yourself from any self imposed identity that doesn’t hold itself up in reality.
Yes, maybe you have been out of school for a long time
Ya, maybe you weren’t a great student.
Ya, maybe you do have a lot on your plate with limited time to do anything else.
I get it, even when we turn to face our limiting beliefs, they can seem like beasts to slay…but let me just conclude on this one thing:
If there is just one person in this entire world that was in your same shoes and was able to find a way through – then so can you.
Like the students in their 60’s and 70’s (and one even in their 80’s) who have come through Prepineer and successfully passed this exam.
Or the 95% of the engineering undergrads that come in lacking confidence based on how they did in college (me included) but have gone on to become Professional Engineers.
Or the students who are single parents, working a full time job while chauffeuring the family from one end of town to the other, yet, committed and got it done anyways.
What about these stories?
They are real and powerful, and if you just tap in to one as a tool to help you get going, then the sky is the limit.
First belief, then anything is possible.
You got this!
How do you define the rate of return of an engineering investment?
Where is your mindset when you think about ENGINEERING ECONOMICS?
For most engineers, they’d rather stick to the physical realm of our industry – and I don’t blame them.
But in order to be the most well rounded asset to those we provide services to, we must be dangerous in all aspects of engineering research and design – and that includes ENGINEERING ECONOMICS.
In this video, we will dive in a practice problem in the subject of ENGINEERING ECONOMICS, specifically, working on determining the RATE OF RETURN on a defined engineering investment made by a company.
Frequently Asked Questions
When am I eligible to take the FE Exam?
There has never been a time when passing the FE Exam has been more important in how the market values us as engineers.
So are you taking the leap?
Are you even eligible?
We dive in to getting you dialed in on what you need on the eligibility front:
Fresh out with an undergrad degree, Mario’s early aspirations to pass the FE Exam quickly turned in to a story of struggle.
After failing the exam 3 times, he needed change, ditched his old ways and decided to join Prepineer.
They say 65.9% of those who have to retake the FE Exam will end up failing it again – Mario didn’t allow himself to become part of this statistic.
Let’s dive in to Mario’s story:
Until we meet again my friend, may God bless you and your family! 🙂