This is a guest post by Julie Lutsky, P.E.
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Balancing life between being a mom and a full-time engineer has its challenges, but with the right preparation, organization, communication, and coordination, I can have it all. Early in my career, being a structural engineer defined me in many ways, and much of my time and energy was devoted to my professional development. I naively set a goal to “master” — or at least not be a trainee — in my profession prior to having children, thinking this would make it easier once I became a working mother.
However, as a goal, this was not attainable. Continual professional development is one of the keys to a successful career, and you don’t know what you don’t know about being a new parent. I can confidently say that being a structural engineer has made me a better mom, while at the same time, being a mom has made me a better structural engineer.