SEI Career Paths Series


Thank you for attending Career Path Series: Insights with Glenn Bell and SE Industry Leaders. As an ASCE/SEI member you are given the member benefit of access to the recordings of each session – go back and watch again for any advice you may have missed! Also included are the resources provided by ASCE/SEI, and the guests, that relate to each session.

Session 1: Find a Career Path That Suits You

Resources provided by SEI President Glenn Bell

ASCE Webinars and Videos
Webinar: Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Career
Video: Dream Big

ASCE News Articles and Newsletters
ASCE Career Paths in Civil Engineering
Ask Anthony: Seven Tips for a Successful Mentoring Relationship
Tips for Starting Your First Civil Engineering Job
Ask Anthony: Should I Go to Grad School or Apply for Civil Engineering Jobs?
Ask Anthony: Create Your 2019 Professional Development Plan

General Articles
New York Times: How to Manage Your Career
Harvard Business Review: 6 Ways to Take Control of Your Career Development If Your Company Doesn't Care About It
Harvard Business Review: Think Strategically About Your Career Development

Resources provided by Judith Mitrani-Reiser

  • DeNeef, A.L., and Goodwin, C.D. The Academics Handbook. 3rd ed. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.
  • Ambrose, S.A., M.W. Bridges, M. Di Pietro, M.C. Lovett and Norman, M.K. How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
Government Research Opportunities 
NRC Research Associateship Program
AAAS Policy Fellowships

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) in Structural Engineering
Structural Engineering Engagement & Equity (SE3)

Leong, E.N., Liel, A.B., Mitrani-Reiser, J., Guglielmo, E., Friis, D., Lumbard, D., Oliveira, R., Pekelnicky, R., 2013, “Gender and Racial Diversity in the Structural Engineering Profession,” Proceedings of the Structures Congress 2013, pp. 885-896, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Virginia.

Related ASCE/SEI Resources
SEI Committees
ASCE Mentor Match
Career by Design
Civil Engineering Salaries
SEI Local Groups (Chapters and Grad Student Chapters)
Structures Congress Scholarships
Career Connections

Session 2: Starting Out - Entry Level to Project Engineer

Resources Provided by Cherylyn Henry

Bolles, Richard. What Color is Your Parachute. Ten Speed Press, 2019.

Carnegie, Dale. How to Win Friends and Influence People. Gallery Books, 1998. 
Clear, James. Atomic Habits. Penguin Random House, 2018
Jay, Meg. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter - And How to Make the Most of Them Now. Twelve, 2012. 
Voss, Chris, and Raz, Tahl. Never Split the Difference. Harper Business, 2016. 

5 Tips For Evaluating an Engineering Firm Before You Join
Personal Branding: Skills They Don't Teach in Engineering School
The Lost Art of Mentoring
Early Career Advice for Engineers

Ted Talk: Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are (Amy Cuddy)

Resources Provided by Fernando Martinez

  • Byrne, Trent, et al. Bridging the Gap: The Development of Young Structural Engineers. Australasian Structural Engineering Conference 2016. 

De La Guardia, Rick. Engineer to Entrepreneur: Success Strategies to Manage Your Career and Start Your Own Firm. ASCE (2016)

Structural Stalwarts (Developed by SEI Young Professionals Committee Member Daniel Koothoor)
Structural Stalwarts is a platform developed with the aim of reaching out to structural engineers from different parts of the world on a single platform. Engineers from around the globe will be sharing their experiences and what they have learned during their journey as a structural engineer. 

Session 3: Advancing - Project Engineer to Project Manager

Resources Provided by Emily Guglielmo

NCSEA SE3 Committee: Together with engineers from across the United States, the SE3 Committee works to improve engagement, retention, diversity, and inclusion in the profession by collecting data, starting conversations, and encouraging all to do the same.
NCSEA: The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations along with SEI and CASE has a joint Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering where all are united in envisioning a future where, as stewards of the built environment,
structural engineers are widely recognized as making key contributions to the advancement of society on
a national and global scale. 

Resources Provided by Victor Van Santen
The Great Bridge by David McCullough
Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

Professional Magazines
Civil Engineering Magazine (ASCE)

Session 4: Evolving - To Principal and Beyond

Resources Provided by Anne Ellis

Finding Your Element - Sir Ken Robinson
Disruptive Innovation Explained - Clayton Christiansen, Harvard Business Review
Ted Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - Simon Sinek

Disruptive Innovation: The Christensen Collection - The Innovator's Dilemma, The Innovator's Solution, The Innovator's DNA, and Harvard Business Review "How Will You Measure Your Life?" - Clayton Christiansen
Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - Simon Sinek
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics - Daniel James Brown
You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation - Deborah Tannen
Boards that Lead - Ram Charan, Dennis Carey, Michael Useem

Resources Provided by Joe DiPompeo

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking - Jordan Ellenberg
Conscious Capitalism - John Mackey and Raj Sisodia
Lessons from My Grandfather: Wisdom for Success in Business and Life - Marc Demetriou
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World -- And Why Things Are Better Than You Think - Hans Rosling
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - Angela Duckworth
I Love Capitalism!: An American Story - Ken Langone
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Startup - John Carreyrou
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change - Stephen Covey
First Things First - Stephen Covey