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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