Topic: Career Development

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Ask Anthony: Is There Such a Thing as a Non-Stressful Civil Engineering Job?

If you are a civil engineer with any amount of experience, you probably chuckled when you read the title of this post. The question that came in actually read as follows: I need help to find a civil engineering job that is less stressful and time-consuming than my current position. I don't care about a high salary. I just want to work 40 hours a...

Mind Your Mind

My studies and experience convince me that the trajectory of our professional and personal lives will be heavily influenced by our brain literacy; that is, what we know about our brain, how we apply what we know, and how we take care of our brain. “The lack of brain education is a huge mistake,” says neuroscientist and psychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, “because success in all...

Ask Anthony: How Do I Get Enough Design Experience for My P.E. License If I Work in Construction?

Civil engineers working in construction often ask this question. There is not a catch-all answer here, but the short answer is you must be persistent in finding ways to do design work in your job. The reason this is a tricky question to answer is that professional engineering license experience requirements differ in every state. That being said, I will focus my answer on how...

Ask Anthony: How Important Is It to Work in the Field as a Civil Engineer?

I am really glad that a civil engineer recently asked me this question because I think the answer can have a profound effect on the career of a civil engineer. How important is it to work in the field as a civil engineer at some point in your career? I can provide a very personal answer to this question by giving you my early career...

Ask Anthony: How do I grow my small civil engineering business?

What is the best way to perform business development and the best ways to balance marketing and business development activities with design work?

Ask Anthony: In Which Civil Engineering Discipline Should I Specialize?

Lately, I have received several questions from civil engineers who are nearing graduation. Their questions focus on two points: • How should they determine in which field of civil engineering they should practice? • If they try one discipline, will they be able to switch? Here are five recommended actions for soon-to-be graduates, as well as younger civil engineers, who are unsure as to which area they...

Ask Anthony: Should I Learn About Business Development as a Civil Engineer?

Yes, every civil engineer should learn about business development. That concludes this post… Just kidding. First of all, let me define business development for those civil engineers who are not familiar with the term. The general Wikipedia definition is: Business development comprises a number of tasks and processes generally aiming at developing and implementing growth opportunities within and between organizations. My definition: bringing in new business to your...

Ask Anthony: Where Can I Find a Mentor?

Here’s a question I get from civil engineers almost every day: Where can I find a mentor as a civil engineer? Excellent question, and before I even answer it, I want to say that, in my opinion, finding the right mentor in your civil engineering career is one of the most powerful things you can do. Why? Simple. A mentor can give you advice that can...

Ask Anthony: How Do I Return to a Civil Engineering Discipline After a Hiatus?

I recently received this question from a civil engineer: I would like to return to the civil engineering field of wastewater (from my current civil engineering discipline) and move closer to a major city. However, since I haven’t practiced wastewater for a few years now, I am finding it very challenging to return to find a job in the field. Can you offer any advice...

Ask Anthony: Five Responsibilities That Come With Getting a P.E. License

I enjoy a quote that’s often attributed to Spider-Man, although technically, his uncle Ben said it: “With great power comes great responsibility.” It’s wisdom that is highly applicable to the professional engineer’s license. In my previous column, I wrote about why it is so important to obtain your P.E. license as a civil engineer. Now, let’s look at some key things – and some responsibilities...