Hi @David Odeh @Cherylyn Henry
- Would you please share your recommendations on how civil and structural engineers who are currently working for private sectors can help give students work experience while some employers are not able to offer paid positions during this pandemic period?
Here are some specific areas that might prevent professional engineers from offering time to help on building up students' resumes:
- Project work from the company is confidential that I am not able to assign project tasks to those who are not employed by my company through HR.
- Students might not have the structural analysis software even I am willing to create a task that is valuable for them to learn - for example, designing a HSS moment connection after obtaining the analysis results from Staad, RISA, Etabs, SAP2000, etc.
- If the mentoring experience is unofficial, and when a student state his/her experience on their resumes (for example, summer externship with Silky Wong from Dow, Inc - Civil Department), there is no way for the future employers to verify via HR systems (unless these employers can successfully contact me).
- Lastly, for civil and structural engineers working for corporations with at least 5,000+ employees worldwide, it is extremely difficult to obtain HR agreement on offering unpaid externship to students as a company wide initiative, what are your thoughts on getting my direct reports' buy-in in order to provide externship experience to students? These managers might want to follow the company rules just to be safe so that they won't be getting into trouble of information security problems.
I look forward from hearing from you both
Many thanks in advance.
Silky S. K. Wong, Ph.D., S.E., P.E., CEng MICE, LEED AP
The Dow Chemical Company
Civil Engineering Department
Lead Civil/Structural Engineer TES
Central Engineering – Houston
HDC Phone : 281-966-2077SSWong@...
Sent: 04-13-2020 09:10 PM
From: Brittany Boyce
Subject: Meet the Leaders: Ask Me Anything
Welcome to the first Meet the Leaders: Ask Me Anything! Featuring @David Odeh
and @Cherylyn Henry
One of the staple events at SEI's Structures Congress is the Meet the Leaders breakfast where students and young professionals get the chance to sit down with leaders in small groups and pick their brains in an informal mentoring session and gain career insights. Since the Congress was canceled this year we decided to bring it Virtual!
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