Discussion Thread

  • 1.  Plans About Hobbies

    Posted 06-14-2021 11:17 AM

    Weeks ago, I finished up a class that taught me how to use art apps Photoshop and iMovie. After I posted the completed projects on my accounts, I, after years of subscriptions to Youtube channels about video essays, franchise reviews, news, etc., started creating videos of my own. I had already spent years teaching myself to create pictures, but these videos required teaching myself more about meticulous aspects of editing and ideas. And judging by views of content through Youtube and Deviantart, my dub and meme videos are improving and could lead to work with presentation years down the line.

    What types of personal projects were you hoping to implement into your field at some point?

    Alexander Granato A.M.ASCE
    Bexley OH

  • 2.  RE: Plans About Hobbies

    Posted 06-16-2021 09:08 AM
    I always have enjoyed video editing. Although this doesn't always align with civil engineering directly I find little ways to use my hobby/skill in a professional setting. 
    Here are two ways I can think of:
    1. I make YouTube videos to help new engineers and students navigate through the initial few years by talking bout my experiences and what I have learned from them.
    2. When making a presentation for work (and school) I use some of my video editing skills to spruce up the presentation. 
    Although not often, when personal hobbies and professorial duties overlap there is always great satisfaction!

    Daniel Bressler EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Structural Engineer
    Brooklyn NY

  • 3.  RE: Plans About Hobbies

    Posted 06-18-2021 06:22 PM
    Thats really cool Alex! Like Daniel mentioned, I don't frequently find ways to merge video or photo editing skills into my work as a civil engineer, but when I do, I find it very satisfying as well. 

    I have found that when I create presentations, if the audience is appropriate, I like to include relevant memes and pictures. It happened a lot more often back when I did more outreach to younger audiences, but I still try to sneak a few in at my current job. I'll attach a few for example.

    Otherwise, I never really planned to turn my personal hobbies into things I could do at work. However, if you ever find a job that needs someone to ski out to a remote job site or go study the hydrodynamic conditions of waves at a beach by surfing on them, please do send me the job posting!

    Christopher Seigel P.E., M.ASCE
    Civil Engineer