ASCE Career Discovery Series

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ASCE's Career Discovery Series connects prospective civil engineers and individuals transitioning into a civil engineering career with professionals across five distinct career paths to learn about the work they do every day.  During each session, panelists will share first-hand experiences from their career path with additional time for attendees to ask questions.  

The next session will be held on February 25 from 1-2 PM ET and will focus on engineering careers in consulting.

Sessions will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 1-2 PM ET from until May 2021.  


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Choosing your career path

  • 1.  Choosing your career path

    Posted 01-20-2021 04:42 PM

    How can someone starting out in civil engineering or thinking of making a job change decide what career path will best fit their goals and be most satisfying?

    ASCE's new Career Discovery Series will explore five career paths starting with "Explore Engineering Careers in Public Agencies" on January 28th from 1-2 PM (EST).  Civil engineers will share first-hand experiences from their career path and answer questions from attendees afterward.  Click here to register for free.

    Consulting, education, construction, and industry career paths will be discussed at future sessions held monthly.  Check the Career by Design event calendar for dates and registration links.

    How did you decide on your career path?

    What other career paths would you like to know more about?

    Becky Waldrup P.E., M.ASCE
    Senior Manager, Professional Activities
    American Society of Civil Engineers
    Reston VA

  • 2.  RE: Choosing your career path

    Posted 01-23-2021 12:31 PM
    Excellent resources Becky.

    A few notes for your intended audience to consider.

    Career Planning[1]

    First, some unbundling of our language's intent.

    For example, what we are doing is not who we are,

    but simply what we are doing. . . .at this time.

    For example, Tom Hanks worked as a hotel bellman carrying bags

    at a hotel before he entered the acting profession.

    Go to pages 13 to 22 of the attachment and consider the suggestions and processes

    Illustrated in Fig. 1 to 4.

    And recall that the path(s) others took, while it worked for them, may not be what

    your life's purpose is for you.

    I liken the pursuit of a life that matters, after considering various options, to be

    the result of the planning, design, and implementation of the "Pilgrim" that will

    make that journey.

    Stay Healthy!



    p.s. OK, a personal note. Before making your final decision(s), each time ask yourself

    "What value will this add to the lives of others?"

    [1] "Career Planning Process and Its Role in Human Resource Development," Eliza Antoniu, 2010. p.13 to 22,

    Stay Healthy!
    William M. Hayden Jr., Ph.D., P.E., CMQ/OE, F.ASCE
    Buffalo, N.Y.

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot 1819 - 1880


    p13-22 Career Planning.pdf   6.69 MB 1 version


    William M. Hayden Jr., Ph.D., P.E., CMQ/OE, F.ASCE
    Buffalo, N.Y.

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot 1819 - 1880

  • 3.  RE: Choosing your career path

    Posted 30 days ago
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    Join us for some ASCE Legends presentations. The ASCE Legends program brings engineers from all disciplines into the lives of students to discuss what their lives were like on their chosen paths, lessons learned, regrets, successes, and honest feelings about their careers. We want to help engineering students find the path they will be most passionate about because that will bring more contributions to their fields and improve job satisfaction.

    You can watch past presentations here:
    ASCE Legends Chicago - YouTube

    Come to a live ASCE Legends Zoom presentation so you can ask questions that are important to you.
    You can join us for the next presentation on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:30pm CST by clicking here: ASCE Legends Presents Frank Avila, January 27th at 7:30pm CST
    or Zoom Meeting ID: 892 4710 0943   Passcode: =cv0J9?!
    Frank Avila is going to share how he ended up in politics as an engineer.  The event flyer has all the information and is attached.

    If you would like to learn about future presentations, send an email to ASCELegends@... ​with your email address and I will send you the flyers for future presentations.

    I hope you take advantage of this great resource,

    Michelle Calcagno
    ASCE Legends

    Michelle Calcagno S.M.ASCE
    Chicago IL