April 23, 2011

April showers bring May flowers and annual performance evaluations.  Being slightly narcissistic, I always get more worked up about the reviews than I ought to.  The evaluation itself consists of...
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March 10, 2011

It’s the time of year when we start seeing interviewees for summer internships and (hopefully) new hires.  While the associates always have the final say on hiring decisions, many of the staff...
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February 24, 2010

Some scientists have argued that the key trait that positions humans as the dominant animal on Earth is our ability to collaborate. Collaboration is far more complex than basic speech. We might all...
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January 24, 2010

What is marketing?   Should younger engineers bother worrying about it early in their careers?  I was somewhat ambivalent about the whole client development aspect of the business myself, until I...
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January 10, 2010

We engineers like to believe that we use our brains as well as anyone. Our use of logic and computational reasoning is important for answering many routine problems we face at work. However,...
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December 30, 2009

On December 1, I shared the story of one young engineers defining moment.  Erin Fletcher was asked to make an important public presentation at the last minute.  I shared this story on ASCE 's...
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December 10, 2009

On November 12, I posed a number of questions that students and young engineers asked during the early career transition session at the ASCE Annual Conference. I promised to address some of those in...
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December 1, 2009

It's likely that the big challenges that you face in your early career have been tackled by young engineers before.  For many, it can be comforting to know thattheir situation is not unique.  And...
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November 20, 2009

Hopefully, this post will be the first of many entries that suggest ways to supercharge your career. Step one: network. I’ve been using some of the connections that I made during the annual...
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November 12, 2009

As nationwide unemployment tops 10%, recent grads face increasing competition from laid-off professionals.  Adding to the bad news, the National Association of Colleges and Employers released a...
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