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Career Transition: Three Stories

Written by: Ben Walpole
Published on: Apr 12, 2022

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Photo credit: Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Adobe Stock

Entering the civil engineering workforce is very different from life as a student.

Matthew Jacobson, EIT, ENV SP, A.M.ASCE, knows. He works as a civil analyst for Kimley-Horn and Associates in Los Angeles, less than a year after graduating from Cal Poly Pomona.

In episode 109 of the ASCE Plot Points podcast, Jacobson discusses that transition from student to professional, offering advice on how to make it work as smoothly as possible.

There is perhaps no transition period in one's career more rich with emotion – excitement, anxiety, optimism – than the months just before college graduation.

Cameren Lewis, S.M.ASCE, a fifth-year civil engineering student at Drexel University, is at just such an inflection point.

In episode 110 of the ASCE Plot Points podcast, Lewis discusses his civil engineering journey and what he hopes for as he prepares to enter the workforce this summer.

It's what many civil engineers strive for early in their career: the promotion into a management role.

But how do you navigate the job after you've earned it?

In episode 111 of the ASCE Plot Points podcast, Assunta Daprano, A.M.ASCE, a project engineer and deputy project manager at AECOM in Philadelphia, discusses the transition into a management role, especially at a young age.