Civil Engineers Must Prepare for the Future

July 9, 2019
ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith. PHOTO: Jason Dixson Photography

Civil engineers are essential to solving the significant issues facing the planet, both today and tomorrow. They serve as systems integrators and work on complex projects with diverse global teams. They must be competent, collaborative and ethical. They must be innovators, environmental stewards, managers of risk and active in public policy. And ultimately, civil engineers must be effective leaders.

ASCE introduced iLead this year with early-career professionals in mind, to help them excel in their careers. The program provides civil engineers with everything they need to become effective leaders.

There are three programs within iLead:

  • The Power Skills Series is a round of in-person sessions that will leave members with increased confidence in leadership and deepened interpersonal skills.
  • The Younger Member Leadership Symposia was expanded to a two-day event and is hosted by the ASCE Committee on Younger Members. The experiential leadership workshop is open to all ASCE Younger Members.
  • Finally, the Career Booster Webinar Series, brought to you by ASCE members, are free webinars on various topics to help you succeed in areas such as time management, ethics and more.

iLead gives Younger Members the opportunity to learn from peers and seasoned experts who are eager to mentor and help others prepare for future challenges.

In addition to iLead, there are many other ways civil engineers can hone leadership skills through volunteer opportunities. Through ASCE you can get involved in the ASCE Mentor Match program, lead a committee, present at a conference, participate in community service projects, advocate for infrastructure and much more.

While improving your own skills and advancing your career and professional network, you’ll also advance the profession and make a difference in the world, a win-win.

Don’t miss these other ways ASCE is working for you:

Select 10 free PDH-earning webinars when you renew

ASCE membership entitles you to 10 free on-demand webinars that earn PDHs for each one you successfully complete. That’s 10 free PDHs just for being a member. Login to get started.

Advance your career and more on new early-career resources site

ASCE’s Career by Design, a new online portal for young civil engineers, can build your confidence. Gain access to a wealth of targeted content, tools, tips, and opportunities for advancement. Plug in and charge your career.

Find a mentor or be one with ASCE Mentor Match

Just launched earlier this year, this new member benefit brings civil engineers together for professional growth. Mentor Match pairs you with an expert who can guide you in the right direction. You can also share your experiences to help others. See how to get involved.

Earn rewards when you spread the word about ASCE

The 2019 Member Get a Member Program encourages existing members to earn rewards for the new members they recruit. Refer colleagues and start earning rewards.

1 Comment
  • the future innovators are in hands of AI engineers of tomorrow that will be very soon if not today – the HUMAN engineers will be the programmers and the leaders of AI – not sure 100% but we hope!

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