Civil engineers who shared their experience and advice in "Explore Engineering Careers in Construction" responded to a couple questions we did not get to during the live roundtable discussion.Today's question: During the session, Maryam mentioned looking for opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. What types of opportunities would you recommend that undergraduate students look for specifically?
(Answers are based on individual experiences).
Daniel R. Cook, P.E., S.E., P.Eng., M.ASCE, CI President, Senior Project Manager, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger:
We would be remiss if we didn't say to first become active in your college or university's ASCE Student Chapter. Look for student competitions in which to participate with your chapter, or even apply to attend and participate as an individual in CI Student Days, a unique event that brings together top engineering students from across the country for a multi-day, real-world, construction-focused competition. From there, you can start to build your network and even reach outside your local group to become actively involved with other student chapters on a national and international level. Beyond that, try to secure yourself a co-op or internship, which will allow you to begin developing new skills, meeting others, exploring your interest in the type of work that firm performs, and building your resume.
Erin N. Slayton, P.E., DBIA, ENV SP, Vice President & Program Management Director for the Transportation Business Group, HDR Inc.:
Even more important than which opportunities you pursue is what you choose to do with the opportunities. Choose things that really interest you, whether or not it is specifically related to civil engineering. Habitat for Humanity and Engineers Without Borders provide great chances to get real-world experience. Whatever you do, seek opportunities for leadership experiences. If you have professional sections or branches nearby, go to those to build your network. Most meetings have student discounts.
Watch on-demand recordings of the entire Career Discovery series on the Career Discovery web page collaborate.asce.org/careerdiscovery
Susan Davis CAE, Aff.M.ASCE
Senior Manager, Professional and Technical Advancement
American Society of Civil Engineers