This article from https://theconstructor.org/ covers the ways to be successful in your civil engineering career.
Achieving Effectiveness as a Young Civil Engineer
Civil engineers spend four or more years in the institution being persuaded that if they solve the technical problems properly they will be rewarded with high grades.
Not surprisingly, when they get to work, many civil engineers still expect that all they have to do to succeed is to apply effectively the technical and analytical skills they have been taught to the engineering assignments given to them. This is necessary, but not sufficient.
Successful Civil Engineers learn to manage their careers with the same skill and care they apply to their technical assignments, and with a sufficient priority.
Get Off to A Right Start
In Civil Engineering education, you have to work hard to survive a demanding curriculum and to build an academic record you can be proud of. The chances are that you landed your first job because the employer came looking for you.
Although, more or less than 10% of university graduates are engineers, they receive about half of all on-campus job offers. Civil Engineering employment has traditionally been reasonably secure, and most industries were less likely to lay off engineers than other workers.
However, nowadays, jobs held by civil engineers are growing increasingly vulnerable due to structural changes in economic situation which affect the work environment that confronts engineers resulting in corporate downsizing, reduced long-term research expenditures, automation and globalization.
A perverse consequence of the increase in productivity of individual civil engineers using computer-aided design (CAD) is the elimination of the jobs of other civil engineers!
Regard Your Work
Since having a secure job is not satisfying for most professional civil engineers, you must begin to build for yourself a personal reputation on which your future career success will depend. Several decades later, you may come to reflect on the actions and decisions in your early career that made you successful, or that might have made you more successful: perhaps then you will be willing to share your hard-earned wisdom with young civil engineers who are following in your footsteps.
The new graduate usually makes his or her mark within the first few years in the organization depending on his or her technical ability which is complemented by his managerial ability to command, plan, organize and control people.
You will be judged not on what you know but on what you do and the engineer accomplishes but little without other people’s assistance. This makes it essential to give your best efforts to your early assignments, regardless of how trivial they may appear.
Doing an exceptional job on a minor assignment is the best way to be recognized and assigned more important, more challenging, more satisfying work since executives are continually searching for competent people to move up into more responsible positions.
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