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Ask Anthony: How Do I Follow Up With People I Meet At an Engineering Conference?

I recently had the honor of serving as one of the keynote speakers for a luncheon at the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute Congress, which was held in Minneapolis earlier this month. I spoke on the topic of successfully transitioning from civil engineer to manager, and included tips for building strong managerial skills. Some of the skills I touched on were communication (with colleagues and...

Ask Anthony: How Do I Stay Current With Technology as a Civil Engineer?

As civil engineers, we tend to get caught up in the details of our projects. This can make it hard to stay aware of the ever-changing landscape of technology. However, it is very important for civil engineers, especially managers and leaders, to stay up to date on new technology and avoid losing ground to competitors who have already implemented cutting-edge tools. Also, new technology often saves...

Ask Anthony: How Can I Gain More Experience Interacting With Clients?

I get this question often from civil engineers who understand that in order to progress in their careers, they’ll need to take on more client communication, but are not sure how to prepare for doing so. In this article, I’d like to share a few actions you can take to either prepare for communicating with clients, or start doing so today. 1. Ask your supervisor if...

Ask Anthony: ASCE President Kristina Swallow Shares Secrets to CE Success

I recently had the honor of interviewing ASCE President Kristina Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, for an infrastructure series we are running on the Civil Engineering Podcast, and afterward was able to ask her a few career-related questions to share with ASCE members here online at ASCE News. This article is longer than usual, but it’s filled with great advice from Kristina, including a secret...

The Dangers of Being Too Productive as a Civil Engineering Professional

You won’t find a bigger proponent for productivity in the workplace than me. I write and podcast regularly on how you should use the Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 Rule) to stay focused on what matters in your career, among other productivity strategies. That being said, the other day I was thinking more deeply about productivity in civil engineering and realized that, while...

Ask Anthony: Why Can’t I Get Interviews for the CE Positions I’ve Applied To?

As busy as the civil engineering market is these days, there are still many civil engineering professionals out there looking for new opportunities, and one of them recently submitted these two questions to me. Why can I not get interviews for civil engineering positions that I have applied to? Is there something that I am missing? Now, let me be clear, and state that I haven’t...

Ask Anthony: How Do I Improve My Public Speaking Skills? (Part 2 of 2)

(Part 2 of 2) If you’re reading this, you’re most likely in the field of civil engineering, and you probably understand how important public speaking is to your career. Your ability to speak can facilitate project approvals, help you communicate important technical solutions, and help you to bring new business into your firm. So how do you improve your public speaking skills? In part one of this...

Ask Anthony: How Do I Improve My Public Speaking Skills?

If you have spent any amount of time in the field of civil engineering, you know that one’s ability to speak in public can play a huge role in their success in this industry, as well as the success of that person’s firm. I am constantly asked by engineers how they can improve their public speaking skills. Useful resources Here are five resources that I have found...

Ask Anthony: How Do I Improve My Public Speaking Skills? (Part 1 of 2)

(Part 1 of 2) If you have spent any amount of time in the field of civil engineering, you know that one’s ability to speak in public can play a huge role in their success in this industry, as well as the success of that person’s firm. I am constantly asked by engineers how they can improve their public speaking skills. In response to this question,...

Ask Anthony: Proverbial Fork in the Road – Technical Track or Management Path?

This is a question I get often from civil engineering professionals, usually from those on the early side of their career. It’s in reference to that proverbial fork in the road that all civil engineering professionals come to at some point: Will you stay on the technical track in your career, or will you go down the path of management? First of all, does this...