Career Advancement: Every Step in the Process is Important!

November 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm 1 comment

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Whether you are an experienced civil engineer or a recent college graduate, it’s important to always remember that when advancing your career, every step along the way is important.  At times, many civil engineers feel that their current role in their career is one that is unimportant and boring.  For example, you may be currently in the field performing site inspections on a roadway project.  You may think to yourself, “They stuck me out in the field and I am not getting any real design experience.”  That’s certainly one way to look at it.  You could also take the approach, “I am gaining a lot of field experience right now that is going to help me tremendously as a design engineer.”


I am certainly not advocating doing something that you don’t like to do, however even when you have a job that you love, there are steps along the way that may be tiring, however these steps are no less important than any other step.  Understand that sometimes these steps help guide you in the direction of where you ultimately want to go.  You may have to spend 6 months in a role to realize that it’s not the role for you and then you shift gears and plan your next step accordingly.

Another important point to remember is that wherever you may be on the corporate ladder, it’s never too late to switch to a new ladder.  This may not be an easy task, it may take some time, research, analysis and courage; however it can always be done.  Many people limit themselves from trying a new role, or even a new career because they think it’s too late.  IT’S NEVER TO LATE, especially with a civil engineering degree, which is probably one of few degrees that gives you the education and flexibility to go into other fields much more easily than if you had a math, history or business degree. 

In your career travels, whether you’re on the lower steps of the ladder, the higher steps of the ladder or on a whole other ladder, enjoy the process and see the opportunities in every step you take!


“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end” – Ursula LeGuin


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  • 1. Kevin  |  December 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    You consider a civil engineering degree more flexible than a math or business degree? You’re either out of touch with reality, or are acting as a spokesman on behalf of the civil engineering industry. What’s not being discussed anywhere at the moment is how cyclical this industry is, given it’s heavy dependance on capital investment from public and private sources. Thus, when a recession occurs, much of this funding dries up, and civil engineers often feel the brunt of the downturn, unlike many engineers in other discipilines. And civil engineering, unfortunately, is not easily transferable into other engineering disciplines, or other fields. Civil engineers, whether intended or not, often find themselves completely pigeonholed in their existing careers. My advise to prospective students, as should yours be as well, is to forget about a career in civil engineering and stick with a field such as business and accounting instead. Accounting and business majoys will always be in demand. Even the BLS projects a huge demand for these fields in the years ahead. There ‘might’ be a big demand for civil engineers in the future, but this depends entirely on whether the federal and local government, as well as private investors, are willing to fund more civil engineering projects in the future. At the moment it’s looking rather doubtful that scenario will play out, given how broke most institutions are at the moment. However, with that being said, have you even met an unemployed accountant? I haven’t and every accountant and business major I know is doing quite well and is very secure in their field. Unemployed and underemployed civil engineers are now a dime a dozen……


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