- Success Stories
I’ve had multiple interactions with Thomas asking for career guidance, and he has always been willing to offer advice. As a young engineer still trying to pave his way, I appreciate having someone in my network that I can go to for this.
Thomas is a knowledgeable and helpful career coach who helped me spot some common misconceptions with regards to gaining employment in the engineering field. He recommended a course of actions with concrete steps to help gain the attention of prospective employers. I look forward to working with him and seeking his counsel.
Thomas possesses valuable career coaching abilities. As a young aspiring engineer, he took the time to answer some of my hard engineering career questions. With his career coaching, I will make informed decisions that will benefit me in the long run. He has excellent communication skills. He goes straight to the point and tells it like it is. I would gladly recommend him to others looking to get career advice. He also has an awesome website where you can find resources to better yourself and fulfill your potential.
After several months of struggling to find a job, I connected with Tom and he gave me some advice on what I could do to more easily find positions that best suit my skills. While I didn’t work with him for very long, I could immediately tell that he cares about his work and helping others work towards success. With his help, I was able to secure a job in under a month, and I’m extremely grateful for his help and wisdom.
Thomas is a rare person to come across. He is so passionate about engineering and guiding young engineers in their career path. He is a Subject Matter Expert in his field and a dynamic personality. He uses his expertise to guide students and job seekers to use their LinkedIn profile/network efficiently. The discussions/ideas/job posts in the ESRG group are very helpful and the material he provides is outstanding. I have and would give my highest recommendation for Thomas to guide and educate young engineers through his group/career connects/seminars.
Walking into my senior year of college I still had a lot of uncertainties about my future, especially with my career. I failed to find an internship for the summer so I was still without the experience that companies wanted to see on my resume. My solution was to get more involved on LinkedIn to start building a stronger network that would hopefully land me a job.
This is when I met Thomas. He reached out to me about a new group he started on LinkedIn: ESRG. It is a group of people like myself who are either young engineers looking to learn, recent graduates, or people with strong experience in the field of engineering. The point of the group is to help people with all levels of experience learn and grow so that they may advance their career goals. After shooting a few messages back and forth with Thomas, he invited me to get coffee or lunch sometime so that we could meet face to face and so he could hear more about who I am.
When we met up he looked over my resume and shared with me a more organized format for my use. I also did not have to do much talking because he asked me all of the right questions to find out my strengths and weaknesses. Knowing both of them is important, he told me, because they are the things that I need to capitalize when speaking to companies. This is when I realized that my weaknesses are not things I should shy away from, but admit I have them so that I may work to better them. He gave me a few more tips and told me about himself, then we parted ways for a while.
About one month later, I made it through three interviews at a local biomedical company to make it to the final three candidates for a job. While I did not receive the position because they decided to hire someone who had previously worked with the company, I learned a lot from the experience. I went into each interview with pure confidence, something I had never done before. I felt well prepared for each one before even researching the company because I knew how to show my strengths in a way that made my weakness of inexperience look irrelevant.
Aside from this experience I have more recently spoken with Thomas about job fairs and other ways to increase my professional value, such as the group Toastmasters which he invited me to once. They are a group that helps improve one’s public speaking skills, something that I know I still need to work on.
Overall Thomas has shared his life and career experience with me to show me that looking in the same direction as everyone else is not always the best path to success. I have my own strengths, and during my senior year I have learned more and strengthened more of my soft skills than ever before.
Dylan Bencze, RMU ‘18
Thomas’ engineering experience and coaching has been a big help to me. His professional experience and willingness to help me has been a great benefit. He is always happy to go above and beyond to help other engineers. It takes years of experience for young professionals to recognize the skills required to have a successful career. It’s people like Thomas that can take years off that learning curve and accelerate their profession.
It’s rare that you come across a standout personality like Thomas.
It has simply been amazing and inspiring to work along with such a driven and focused individual. He has demonstrated exceptional command in the Engineering Profession to not only achieve excellence at work but also simplify even the most complex mechanical concepts for the benefit of a non-technical audience like me.
I am always in awe of Tom’s ability to command a room and drive the discussions of diverse viewpoints to work toward a common conclusion and the calmness with which he approaches problem solving.
I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!
I met Thomas through his LinkedIn group “Engineering Students and Recent Graduates” (ESRG), in which he connects with thousands of engineering students and practicing engineers to help guide them on successful journeys. Thomas even asked me to help moderate his group, which has allowed me to open up so many more connections in my network. Thomas is very experienced in his field, and he is extremely knowledgeable in guiding young engineers on the right path in their career. I give my highest recommendation for Thomas to be able to speak at any seminar or convention, as he will be able to educate and guide young engineers to a successful and fulfilling career.
When Thomas started working on my projects, it became readily apparent that he was perhaps the best young engineer with whom I had the pleasure of working. That was a while ago, and he has continued to impress me.
His work ethic is second to none. He has a strong commitment to doing his job right, and understands the importance of delivering projects that are not only completed on time and within budget, but also meet the client’s needs. Additionally, he continually works to improve the design engineering process as he fully understands that quality is something that is pursued and is never fully attained. Thomas is never satisfied with his own performance and is continually thinking of what he could do better.
He is intelligent, creative, respectful, and has good leadership skills.
Thomas worked on my projects at Andritz Bricmont, and I was deeply saddened when he told me he was leaving for another opportunity. It was my loss and definitely was Tenova’s gain. I tried to convince him to stay, but I also knew he was going to a position where he could grow further, and that was much more important. It has been a great pleasure for me to watch his career develop. I truly miss working with him.
Tom’s talent as a mechanical engineer and knowledge of the steel industry is unparalleled for his age. His strong work ethic and high level of skill create an irreplaceable resource when rounded out by his sense of ownership and accountability on projects .
“Thomas and his Engineers, Students, and Recent Graduate (ESRG) community has been a big help and inspiration to me personally. He supports thousands of young engineers with advice, and when someone needs help, I’m always happy to see the level of engagement in the group. It takes years for engineers to recognize the skills required to have a successful career. It’s group’s like ESRGs and leaders like Thomas who help us have a better career!” Jake Voorhees – The 1% Engineer Society
He helped me land my first engineering job