With the recent recession beginning to fade further in the rear view mirror, many civil engineering firms are struggling to find available talent. As the economy improves and we are beginning to conduct searches in regions or specialty areas (i.e. land development) that we have distanced ourself from over the past few years, we have found that many of the civil engineering professionals we used to network with on a regular basis have disappeared into thin air. Not really. But they have left the civil engineering consulting industry in order to make ends meet after being laid off. Rather than scouring the country for available opportunities only to compete with dozens of other candidates who share their same story, they chose to do something different. So without further ado, here are some great examples that we have unearthed from our national network of civil engineering professionals…
…they have gone from civil engineer to:
- Middle School Science Teacher
- Youth Minister
- Leather Apparel / Accessory Manufacturer and Retailer
- Real Estate Agent
- Home Remodeling Contractor / Business Owner
- Microbrewery Owner
- Equipment Manufacturing Sales Rep
- Civil Engineering Software Sales Rep
- Corporate Real Estate Development
Most, if not all of these people were FORCED out of the industry and had no other options. But as a result, they uncovered new skills and a new passion for something completely different that provides food for the family, and for some, food for the soul!
I would not wish the unemployment line on anyone,
as I know it can be an extremely difficult life challenge.
Maybe they had one foot out the door anyway regarding
their level of interest in their civil engineering career, but none-the-less,
these people made lemonade out of lemons.
Please share with our readership any career transitions that you or your civil engineering peers have made as a result of being laid off. Was it worth it? Or was that transition just a stop gap until such a time that a suitable opportunity presents itself back in civil engineering? Please let us know, we would love to hear from you!