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    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. ...

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    From 2018 to 2020, I had the opportunity to attend the University of Delaware and obtain a graduate certificate in railroad ...

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    At a previous job, I remember I stayed late in the office one evening, when, as I was walking to take a break, I overhear ...

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    “Hi, my name is Dani Schroeder and my pronouns are she/her.” For the last two years or so, this is how I have been introducing ...

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    This question was recently posed by one of our student members, and it is a topic that impacts a lot of engineering students. ...

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    I’ll start this by stating that a mentor can be a great resource to help guide your professional and personal growth. I believe ...

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    Just like professional development or a healthy lifestyle, financial well-being is something that should be part of our daily ...

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    Give me a thumbs-up if you have virtual meeting fatigue.  It has been over a year since the World Health Organization ...

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    We judge books by their covers and resumes by their cover letters. What does your cover letter say about you? Those first ...

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    Applying for job positions can be exciting and stressful at the same time. It’s exciting to advance your career by applying ...

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    Many of us find the need to shift gears at some point, and change discipline, arena, sector, or perhaps even country, mid-career. ...

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    My first go at college was rough to say the least. I moved to Canada, struggled with school work, switched my major twice ...

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    Food insecurity is a term I was introduced to not that long ago. At the beginning of the pandemic, this term was especially ...

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    By now we have all been affected by the craziness of 2020, one way or another. The news of people losing family members, ...

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    Studies show that diverse teams produce more effective solutions. Harvard Business Review found that diverse teams are ...

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    I graduated from South Dakota State University a few years ago with an M.S. in civil engineering. As a graduate student, ...

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    A resume should be a brief summary of your skills, experiences, and achievements and how they relate to the specific job ...

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    Choosing the right engineering program is just one of many influences on future career prospects for budding engineers. To ...

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    To understand my point of view, you will need to know what the comic books call my origin story. I come from the small Venezuelan ...

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    Has anyone ever told you to build your professional brand and you had no idea what that meant or how to do it? Your professional ...

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    You don’t know what you don’t know. So how do you become a “knower?” Your mentor, or preferably mentors, will help you.  ...

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    As a senior civil engineering student approaching the fall semester, I am trying wildly to prepare for the challenges that ...

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    We are amidst a global event that has impacted everyone’s work and home life to some degree. While maintaining a perfect ...

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    When I was a young professional early in my career, I was extremely excited to have graduated with my undergraduate degree, ...

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has directly affected various industries, and nearly all aspects of the supply chain continue to be ...

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    Hey, you did it! You finally graduated, and now you are ready to find a job and start the journey of life! That was ...

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    Proactivity - The Fundamental Requirement Answer these two questions: Who is responsible for how you spend your ...

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    The coronavirus outbreak has brought about radical change in the way companies operate. With most operations going remote, ...

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    Remember when you were 17 years old, filling out multiple college applications, scrolling through the hundreds of possible ...

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    Most people are teenagers when they enter college and have to choose a major. I was a 17-year-old student at the University ...

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    A career path in the engineering industry tends to follow a linear trajectory. The educational programs are clearly defined, ...

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    Time is just as important as money, but sometimes the schedule is not tracked as closely as the budget. Punctuality and time ...

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    With most of us now working from home, new challenges have emerged. Our company has encouraged more and more communication ...

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    Like for many others, working from home is entirely new to me. It may be challenging to set boundaries and stay motivated. ...

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    Do you have an engineering dream job? You know, the one for that company you’ve been following online for months, if not ...

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    So, you’ve made up your mind to leave your current company and start a new chapter at another company. There could be an ...

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    As a 20-year-old female civil engineering student at Santa Rosa Junior College, I never would have thought that I’d get the ...

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    Presentations are an important aspect of professional life. Whether it’s to win work, share results or train staff, having ...

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    The energy industry has changed dramatically since the turn of the century. It will continue to evolve as technological and ...

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    Balancing work and home life can be a real challenge at times. Add in motherhood, and it can get downright crazy. I would ...

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    The Fundamentals of Engineering – or FE – exam is a great way to test (pun intended) what students learned while pursuing ...

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    Professional licensure, like most things in life, comes with aspects that are good, bad and ugly. Fortunately, when weighing ...

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    Here are five things you can do to excel as an entry-level civil engineer. Reorganize your thinking Imagine ...

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    Like many civil engineers, I work in an open-office layout. This type of office is great for the collaborative work that ...

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    When I first decided to pursue an education in civil engineering, my big, long-term stretch goals were to  (1) obtain full-time ...

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    Choosing a major in college “Umm … psychology, computer science or biology!” This was my exact response in my senior ...

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    Over the years, I have been frequently asked if it was hard to come to the United States as an international student and ...

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    One of the major concerns among the growing number of young professionals all over the world is the challenge of building ...

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    Salvador Bentolila did a great job outlining the benefits of having a mentor in his Career By Design article “ Mentoring: ...

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    “…everyone is now a marketer.” -Seth Godin I have heard engineering students say that they are going into engineering ...

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    As soon as I found out about ASCE’s new mentoring platform, ASCE Mentor Match, I became interested in the idea of mentoring. ...

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    One stereotype often attached to civil engineers is that in private industries they often end up in blue-collar jobs involving ...

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    Despite what many may think, being a licensed professional engineer (PE) does not mean you are at the pinnacle of your field. ...

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    Online graduate education is no longer the sole domain of MBAs. Civil engineers, in increasing numbers each year, are returning ...

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    The wafting aroma of cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. signals the arrival of spring.  Whenever the weather breaks, I am ...

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    The other week I was at a dredging conference where there were multiple presentations on safety in the dredging industry. ...

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    “…everyone is now a marketer.” – Seth Godin I have heard engineering students say that they are going into engineering ...

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    After completing graduate work last year at the University of Maryland, I began looking for entry-level geotechnical engineering ...

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    When someone says there is sexism in engineering, what do you think it means? You’re probably thinking that the term is ...

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    The civil engineering profession continues to evolve as we look for new ways to handle our current tasks more accuracy and ...

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    Although I’m a recent graduate, I’ve already had the chance to experience working for two different employers in the private ...

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    Many engineering students look forward to the day when their hard work and long hours studying will pay off in a job offer. ...

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    As young professionals, public transparency is something that comes second nature to us. I have always had access to any ...

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