In this guest post, Jerry Wright, a civil engineer who does what he loves and gets paid for it shares how he found what he loved and pursued it and now enjoys every day of his work. Jerry also shares some insights on what civil engineering entails.
A few years ago, I had no idea what I wanted to do for my career. I figured I’d go to college and figure things out there, but even then, I had to decide what my major would be and which classes I would take to graduate. I needed some time to think, so after my first year of taking general classes, I spent the summer thinking about my future.
I always knew that I wanted to do something meaningful. I wanted to do something that I was good at and something that I enjoyed. More than anything, I didn’t want to have to feel as if I was working, and I knew that if I loved my job, I’d never work a day in my life. I started listing all of the things I enjoy: math, science, using my hands, etc. Then, I took that list to my parents and an advisor to come up with some options.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I went into my first engineering class, but when the work came easy for me, I knew I had made the right choice. All of my classes got easier as I really became interested in what I was learning, and now that I have graduated and have started my career, I am happier than ever with the decision I have made.
What is a civil engineer you may ask? Civil engineers are designers of things like dams, bridges, airports, roads, water supply systems, and many other structures necessary for society today. There are lots of factors that must be taken into consideration for each of these designs like the cost of making the structure or the effect of delays and bad weather may cause.
The best part about my job is the fact that I get to work with so many interesting people. Civil engineers typically manage people as well as projects, and they can oversee the construction site of the structure they have designed. Some also work specifically in design, research, or teaching, but personally, I love working on site with the people who are bringing a vision to life.
I really hope that you are able to find something you enjoy as much as I love being a civil engineer, and I hope that if you think civil engineering may be a good fit for you that you look at my website. Engineers have to be creative, analytical, and they must be able to pay attention to detail. They must also take a lot of classes in math and science, so you will want to enjoy these subjects if you want to be happy and successful as a civil engineer.
In order to become an engineer, you will have to get an undergraduate degree in science or math, and then you will have to go on to get a license from the state in order to be able to legally work and provide services as a civil engineer. In order to get that license, you will have to get four years of work experience and pass an exam, so you may want to consider looking for a job working under an experienced engineer well before you graduate from college. Also, if you want to teach on the subject, you will have to receive further schooling.
Jerry Wright is the creator of a site that is devoted to educating readers about their higher education opportunities to become a civil engineer . He enjoys writing articles about his job and education opportunities.