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Ms Stephanie Lynn Slocum, P.E., M.ASCE

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Ms Stephanie Slocum, P.E., M.ASCE


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Posted By Stephanie Slocum Feb 13, 2020 8:44 AM
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In my experience, the willingness to send engineers to conferences - especially in smaller firms - varies greatly from office to office, and can even vary by the specific manager and your workload (i.e. don't ask to attend a conference right before a big deadline). As someone who has never worked (in ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Feb 12, 2020 1:34 PM
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Last fall I had a discussion with another engineer about the effect of new policies as they relate to the cost of projects. As engineers, we are tasked with delivering our projects on time and within budget, but sometimes things that were previously "in budget" change to "out of budget" because of policy ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Jan 16, 2020 1:59 PM
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If you have more responsibilities, that should definitely result in a raise. Make your case for the raise based on the new responsibilities.  If the company isn't doing well enough this year for a raise, seek an extra benefit (more vacation days, employer funding to an extra conference of your choice, ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Dec 9, 2019 4:35 PM
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Kelly, I completely remember you at the MRLC! I thought it was awesome, and a great demonstration of how things have improved for women in the industry! I have pumped in the car both before meetings and on the way to a business meeting (it was a 3 hour trip one way) with a cover, in a supply closet (because ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Nov 25, 2019 12:32 PM
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Thanks for sharing @Danielle Schroeder ! This is great! I too had the same issue with workboots (ended up buying my first pair from the men's section at my local big-box store). ​ Today I wonder what would have happened if the roles were reversed. What if all men in construction were forced to go to ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Nov 21, 2019 2:05 PM
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Hi John, I don't have personal experience here myself, but I have several friends or colleagues who have worked abroad. In all those cases, those colleagues worked in the US for a large company that also had offices abroad. They worked for one summer in the US before requesting to work abroad in a second ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Oct 23, 2019 11:51 AM
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Hi there! I am an architectural engineer by degree and worked in building structures all my career. I volunteered to do the PR for the Central Pennsylvania section release (so I stood in our capital building and released the grades). I've also talked to the local politicians about this. As a building ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Sep 13, 2019 10:23 AM
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The absolute best way I've found to network has been to be an active volunteer (strategically, because clearly you can't volunteer for everything). As an introvert, this lends itself to my own strength of working in small groups and the satisfaction I gain in leading and collaborating on projects of ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Aug 29, 2019 3:27 PM
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Thank you, @Luis Duque for starting this thread. This is a really important issue that is often not discussed. It's extremely important to avoid confusing perfectionism with the pursuit of excellence . They are two different things. Early in my career (I'm in my  30's now), I thought they were the same. ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Aug 28, 2019 12:56 PM
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Such a great video, thank you sharing! It was really interesting....I also wonder if the study done about mothers and kids translates to long-term managers in your career. I have definitely noticed that my own stress is increased when I have been managed by someone else who is more easily triggered by ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Jul 15, 2019 4:13 PM
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Mr. Hayden makes a great point. Rereading my original post, I want to clarify as follows: There aren't any good or bad emotions, it's how you express them to those around you that is negative or positive. If I'm angry,  I have a choice in how I express that anger to those around me. I can express the ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Jun 30, 2019 9:55 PM
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Great question! I'm not an environmental engineer, but I worked for an environmental firm my first summer in college as an asbestos inspector. They sent me to a two-day course, I took a certification test, and then spent most of the rest of the summer looking for asbestos in buildings to be renovated, ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Jun 30, 2019 9:17 PM
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Great suggestions so far! One thing I would like to add is:   Make sure those with decision-making authority (if the purpose of the meeting is to decide something and move on) are present at the meeting. I've attended far too many meetings with clear agendas and purposes, and then it turns out the person ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum Jun 11, 2019 11:43 AM
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Thanks for all the comments on this thread, which inspired a blog about how to give and receive feedback! If you want to do a deeper dive into how we can give and receive better feedback, check it out here:    How to Give and Receive Feedback that Doesn't Suck Engineers Rising LLC remove preview ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum May 31, 2019 1:50 PM
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I'm going to second Luis recommendation of the Miracle morning (there's even a part on how you can do it in 6 minutes a day!). The importance of working somewhere that has similar work-life balance values to yours is critically important in this discussion. If you're working for a workaholic,  or in ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum May 19, 2019 11:18 PM
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As far as I am aware, this is uncommon in anything but large firms or government.  If it is necessary to hide behind anonymous feedback - as opposed to giving it directly and with respect, regardless of if the person's title in the corporate food chain -  poor management is likely just the tip of the ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum May 19, 2019 11:17 PM
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Certifications for engineers, particularly for CAD, are much less important than technical coursework/engineering work experience. There are still firms out there who use dedicated drafters, and it's hard to know where you will end up. I've also never seen it happen that a summer intern or full-time ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum May 6, 2019 5:15 PM
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As a public service announcement, I saw this program listed on the ASCE site as a member benefit which may help (I have no personal knowledge of this, I think it's fairly new):  https://www.asce.org/sofi/ I will also add that at times in my career when I was focused on paying off debt, one of the things ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum May 3, 2019 6:06 PM
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I have a blog I wrote about best methods of communicating, including some email do's and don'ts, that you can read here:  https://www.engineersrising.com/blog/communicationstrategies I use emails to confirm discussions. My general rule is that if it will take more than three emails to resolve (or if ...
Posted By Stephanie Slocum May 2, 2019 2:25 PM
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First, ask yourself the following questions: 1. Can you identify specific managers in your firm who are doing the types of project you want to do ? 2. Is there a different department in your current firm that does the types of projects you want to do? If the answer is "no" to both of these, you probably ...