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Ask Anthony: Get a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering or an MBA?

A few months ago, I wrote about this topic in more general terms regarding credentials to focus on as a civil engineer. However, the specific question of whether to get a master’s degree in civil engineering or an MBA continues to arrive in my email inbox. The answer depends on a few key items. What does your discipline require for you to advance? In the current...

Ask Anthony: Is It Better to Have a Specific Expertise or Be a Jack-of-All-Trades?

Many different disciplines make up the world of civil engineering – transportation, geotechnical, site civil, and water resources only begin to scratch the surface. So, for your long-term career growth, is it better to focus on a discipline and become an expert in it or to become knowledgeable in many civil engineering disciplines? Once again there isn’t a black-and-white answer to this question. The answer...

Letter to a Young Engineer Shares Seven Pieces of Advice

This letter, from a father to a son, was written by professional engineer Bob Breeze upon his son’s graduation as a mechanical engineer. The letter was published in a collection entitled, Letters to Young Engineers, published by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and edited by Daniel Hoornweg, UOIT associate professor and Jeffrey Boyce research chair. Inspired in part by Ranier Maria Rilke’s...

Ask Anthony: Building Relationships the Key to Successful Networking

I had the pleasure of giving a seminar on networking for the Austin Branch Younger Member Forum last month. There were some excellent questions asked about networking, so I thought in this post, I would provide a brief summary of what networking is and how to do it effectively. What Networking Is Not Let’s start with that. Networking is not collecting business cards. Too many civil engineers I...

Letter to a Young Engineer

This letter, from a father to a son, was written by professional engineer Bob Breeze upon his son’s graduation as a mechanical engineer. The letter was published in a collection entitled, Letters to Young Engineers, published by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and edited by Daniel Hoornweg, UOIT associate professor and Jeffrey Boyce Research chair. Inspired in part by Ranier Maria Rilke’s...