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Tech Lead Journal

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Great technical leadership requires more than just great coding skills. It requires a variety of other skills that are not well-defined, and they are not something that we can fully learn in any school or book. Hear from experienced technical leaders sharing their journey and philosophy for building… read more


#95 - Top Career Lessons from an Engineering Career Coach - Jeff Perry

“You are your greatest asset in your career and in your life. Invest in you personally in all areas of life in order to live your best life."

Jeff Perry is an engineering coach, the founder of More Than Engineering and the co-host of the Engineering Career Coach podcast. In this episode, Jeff shared the important role of a coach or mentor in our engineering career. We first discussed Jeff’s engineering career clarity checklist and why it is truly important to find the clarity in our career journey. Jeff then shared the role of an engineering career coach, how a coach can help us navigate our career, and the difference between a coach and a mentor. Throughout our discussion, we also touched on a few other topics, such as the Great Resignation, making intentional career transitions, transitioning to a leadership role, and the power of accountability.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:06:59]
  • More Than Engineering - [00:10:54]
  • Engineering Career Clarity Checklist - [00:12:58]
  • Finding the “Why” - [00:15:12]
  • Genius Zone - [00:17:38]
  • International Career Transition - [00:20:23]
  • Great Resignation - [00:22:45]
  • Engineering Career Coach - [00:25:32]
  • Power of Accountability - [00:28:45]
  • Transitioning to Leadership Role - [00:32:13]
  • Letting Go - [00:35:37]
  • Leadership Attributes - [00:39:32]
  • Engineering Career Coach Poadcast - [00:42:41]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:44:30]


Jeff Perry’s Bio
As a software, mechanical, and manufacturing engineering leaders, Jeff has designed and built many products and processes. Now he builds people. Most of his work now revolves around leadership and career coaching for engineering and technical professionals, including:

  • Finding increased career fulfillment and making intentional career transitions
  • Getting clarity and exploring new career possibilities
  • Leadership and personal development for tech leaders

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