In episode 104 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I am taking you with me to the offices of AECOM to talk with Anthony Attanasio, B.A, Vice President and Senior Program Manager at AECOM. We’ll discuss his career which has spanned both the public and private sectors, and we also talk about connected and autonomous vehicles, and what to expect in the short and long terms.
In this episode, we have published a special compilation episode which consists of clips from some of our past episodes related to our career elevator advice question. This question gets asked at the end of each episode and goes as follows: “If you got into an elevator with a civil engineer and had about 30 to 40 seconds with him or her and had to give him or her career advice in that short period of time, what would it be?” We are so grateful for the support of our listeners and excited to share this milestone 100th episode with you!
Here is a summary of the elevator advice from our guests in this compilation episode:
In episode 90 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Joseph Barker, PE, PTOE, a licensed Professional Engineer and Traffic Operations Engineer from Stantec. We discuss the topic of diversity and why firms should embrace diversity for engineers which provides inspiration and typically leads to them being happier and more productive in their careers.
Here are some of the questions I asked Joseph Barker, PE, PTOE:
- What was it like entering the Civil Engineering workforce as a gay man?
- How did hiding your being gay affect your daily mindset?
- Would you say that this experience you went through, hiding who you really are, made you stronger today?
- Tell us about the move you made to Stantec, and how that impacted your mindset and career overall?
- Have you ever thought of relocating to a geographical location that is more accepting of gay people?
Here are some key points discussed in this episode:
In episode 086 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with one of our listeners who is facing a difficult civil engineering career decision. He has to decide whether or not to stay in the private consulting sector or to move to a public career path.
Here are some of the questions I ask:
- What discipline of civil engineering are you involved in and how long have you been practicing?
- Are you considering government employment or working with a private contractor who is working for the government?
- Where do you see yourself in your career 10 years from now?
- What makes your work fulfilling?
- What is the current breakdown of your department and what level are you at in at your department?
Here are some key points discussed on making a critical civil engineering career decision:
In episode 085 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Sam Schwartz, PE, President, and CEO of Sam Schwartz Consulting, LLC, a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. During the episode, Schwartz discussed his career journey that started with him as a taxi driver, but has evolved into Schwartz today, being known as a globally recognized transportation engineer.
Here are some of the questions I ask Sam Schwartz:
- How would you describe yourself?
- Tell us about your experience as a Taxi driver and how it helped your overall professional development?
- What is Gridlock Sam?
- What are your goals in building your company?
Here are some key points discussed and quotes from this episode:
In episode 083 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Mel Lester, Management Consultant from BizEdge, about how civil engineers can create added value for clients. Mel gives some very specific strategies that you can start implementing right away in your career to create added value for your clients.
Here are some of the questions I ask Mel:
- Why is it so important to create added value for your clients?
- Can you talk about developing a client centered perspective?
- How do you deliver business-driven results?
Here are some key points discussed on how you can create added value for your clients:
In episode 082 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Alexis Clark, E.I.T about her passion for culture and community in civil engineering, and several other interesting topics related to Civil Engineering.
Here are some of the questions I ask Alexis:
- Tell us how you ended up working for Hilti and what it’s like working for such a large company?
- You’re passionate about engineering and culture both, so let’s discuss how the two intertwine.
- Do you work outside of the US?
- What do you do in your life in general to try and integrate culture?
- Tell us about your passion for culture and volunteering, and why you are so interested in them?
- Where do you think Civil Engineering is heading in the future?
Here are some key points discussed about passion for culture and community:
In episode 080 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Shane Sheldon, a civil engineer and listener from Oregon, about whether or not civil engineering is becoming a commodity. We also talk about the question that several civil engineers might be asking themselves today, which is: “Can civil engineers really be successful?”
Shane emailed me a few weeks ago, bringing up some of these points, which I felt were valid, but often overlooked, so I felt it important that he come on the show to discuss them.
Here are some key points discussed on whether or not civil engineering is becoming a commodity:
5 Steps to Selecting 80/20 Goals to Boost your Civil Engineering Career
In episode 075 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I am going to give you 5 steps for selecting 80/20 goals to boost your civil engineering career. I will also discuss how you can use Pareto Principle, which is also known as the 80/20 rule, to maximize your planning efforts.
Here are some key points discussed on selecting 80/20 goals:
Civil Engineering Career Navigation Advice from a Young Engineering Manager
In episode 073 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Shaun McGrath, P.E., CCM, a successful young division leader at a successful civil engineering company about career navigation through the early portions of your engineering career.
Here are some of the questions I ask Shaun:
- Talk about internships and how they have helped you.
- Tell us about the importance of different civil engineering career paths.
- Talk about stumbling blocks and learning from them.
- Is there a specific experience that you can recall that you learned something valuable from?
- Tell us about the importance of finding a mentor.
- Tell me more about networking.