Congratulations on your accomplishments so far. You have some very ambitious goals, and gaining both engineering experience and looking for a mentor are guides for the path you seek.Regarding the next steps, my personal recommendation would be to focus on the technical expertise first, since engineering management (at least project management) is typically learned "on the fly" during the gaining of technical skills. Sure, there are items for VP-level managers that may benefit from graduate-level education, but I know several VP-level managers with only a BS degree.Regarding mentorship, ASCE has a program for this specifically - https://collaborate.asce.org/mentoring/home I am a mentor there for geotechnical engineering. If you are looking for a starting point as a recent graduate, I could potentially assist you in general engineering and project management. The resource could also connect you with a more water resources focused professional since that is your desired field.
Best of luck!
Joseph M. Rozmiarek, PE, M.ASCE
"Life By Design™."
Hi Carl. Just reading your original post tells me that you value the preparation and planning, design, and construction of your "Life By Design™."
The statement Joseph made, "since engineering management (at least project management) is typically learned "on the fly" during the gaining of technical skills" may have been intended as a "Funny Sarcasm!"
For a professional, nothing could be further from the truth.
If one summarized the categories of what we need to master, it could be captured by:
People . . .Process . . . Technology . . ..Leadership.
Of these four categories, given your studies and experiences with technology in university and at
work, most times it goes smoothly.
However, given our universities in engineering programs give little to no formal education and training to help us learn "how to play nice with people," the lack of skill here becomes the major "anchor" for success.
Once in, locate your local section, volunteer for a committee.
Search the pmi.org website to review some of their technical and managerial materials.
Consider starting a PM Group at work to learn more on group dynamics and study relevant materials.
Perhaps suggest your local ASCE chapter to form such a learning group as well.
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It's the sudden, paralyzing fear of standing up in front of people to make a presentation.
This fear is perfectly normal for over 87% of us. And those still in the grip of this fear include leaders in our and other professions in engineering, science, education, etc.
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