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Ask Anthony: How do I improve my communication skills if I am a shy person?

Just because you are a shy person doesn’t mean you can’t engage in meaningful conversation.

Ask Anthony: How Do You Interrupt Someone Who Doesn’t Stop Talking?

I do a lot of speaking and training on networking and relationship-building for civil engineering professionals. One of the points I teach on is allowing the other person you are conversing with to finish their sentences completely. Most people don’t do this. We tend to cut other people off or speak over them. That inevitably brings up the question, “What if I am speaking to...

3 Keys to Leading Teams and Fostering Relationships in a Virtual Environment

I recently had the honor of sitting on an ASCE virtual panel called “Leading Teams and Fostering Relationships in a Virtual Environment.” You can watch the replay of the webcast here. Following the panel, I posted a discussion on ASCE Collaborate asking for feedback from members, and I wanted to share some specific feedback and advice provided by Mitch Winkler, P.E., M.ASCE, a retired senior...

COVID-19 Community Calls 8: Career Development Never Stops

Every day in April, ASCE Plot Points is calling a different civil engineer from around the world to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their life, their community, their work and the civil engineering profession. Thirty days. Thirty phone calls. Community Call 8 reaches out to Anthony Fasano to talk about professional development during the coronavirus pandemic. Fasano is the founder  of the Engineering...

Advice for This Spring’s Graduating Seniors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I’m happy to say I have never had to answer this question before. These are unprecedented times, but I hope this post provides some inspiration, as well as actions, that graduating civil engineering students can take to maintain a healthy launch to their careers. Here are five actions I recommend taking if you find yourself confused about how to navigate the next six months as...

Ask Anthony: Seven Tips for a Successful Mentoring Relationship

I’ve said over and over on The Civil Engineering Podcast that every civil engineering professional should absolutely find a mentor as early on in their career as possible. However, I recently received a question from a young civil engineer asking, “What does the mentoring relationship look like?” It’s a great question. And it needs to be answered in a forum like this so it can...

Everyone Says Civil Engineers Must Communicate Well – But Why and How?

Because I spend most of my days coaching and training civil engineers, I attend a lot of conferences and interview a lot of people for The Civil Engineering Podcast. In nine out of 10 episodes, when I ask what advice the guest would like to share with civil engineers, they say, “Civil engineers must be good communicators.” Great, now all civil engineers know that, but in...

What’s One Thing High School Students Should Know About Civil Engineering?

I have used most of the “Ask Anthony” articles in this column to answer questions from ASCE members about civil engineering careers. However, in this article, I’d like to turn the table and ask you a question. Recently, I’ve been getting questions from high school and some college students interested in civil engineering. They want to know what to expect in a civil engineering career....

Ask Anthony: What If I Didn’t Major in Civil Engineering as an Undergrad?

“My question to you is, have you met any engineers pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering after an undergraduate degree in a different engineering discipline, while also pursuing licensure years after their undergraduate degree? Any advice, feedback or encouragement you can give me is appreciated.” I recently received this question from a listener of The Civil Engineering Podcast and thought it might be helpful...

Ask Anthony: What Should My Percent Billable Be?

I’ve received this question from several civil engineering professionals recently. If you’re not familiar with the terms “percent billable” or “utilization rate,” they are typically relevant to consulting engineers or other professional services fields, and they indicate how much of your time is spent on work that is billed to a client project. For example, in one week, if you spend 30 hours working on...