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Internships are your chance to get firsthand experience along with a taste for what the field will be like. Internships also let you try different disciplines. And they give you the chance to learn and make connections with those in your future field. If you’ve enjoyed a class or project in a particular area, look for an internship in that field.

Once you’ve made up your mind on what kind of internship to...

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A safe workplace should be a priority for everyone, whether your job is in an office setting or on a field project. Learning safe work habits includes knowing and following your employer’s policies. But colleagues who set a leadership example by their actions also helps create an atmosphere that emphasizes safety and spreads an understanding of how important it is.

We asked Bryan Dick, a Hydrologist and our Ecological Engineering/Geomorphology Practice Lead, based...

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Note: This is a second post in a series about tips for taking the PE exam. Read the first one here.

Don’t go it alone. While mighty in itself, the PE exam shouldn’t make you feel like you’re tackling the world by yourself.

We talked with Amanda Johnson, PE, and Stephen Johnson, PE, Freese and Nichols engineers who met while attending Texas A&M University and later married. Stephen started...

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Balancing career and parenthood takes planning and flexibility and can teach you new skills at both work and home. Before taking on this new responsibility, it helps to talk with others in your field who have been there.

We asked three of our professionals to share their insights on a good work-life balance.

Kim Dresdner , Urban Planning + Design, Dallas, is mother to a son born in 2018....

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Creating a LinkedIn profile can help advance your professional career. Whether you’re looking for a job or for ways to connect with clients, coworkers or other alumni from your alma mater, LinkedIn’s networks can give you a professional edge.

However, it can be hard to effectively describe yourself in this kind of format. Here are some things to keep in mind as you fill in the blanks.

Be professional, but...

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In an effort to keep companies connected, the role of video conference calls has become vital (and yet still a little difficult to navigate at times). Here are some video-conferencing etiquette tips to keep in mind that will improve the effectiveness of your calls – from someone who has led and attended countless meetings, in-person, over video conferencing and on the phone.

1. Mics tend to amplify background noises much louder than speakers'...

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Strong client relationships underpin professional success, whether you’re directly involved in sales or your primary role is on the technical side. Developing clients’ trust takes time, but talking with clients doesn’t have to be intimidating.

Everyone is a potential client, but don’t approach people that way. Treat them like a person first, whether they’re a high-ranking official or a young staffer. Building trust is the foundation to a strong relationship.

Here are...

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About 7 percent of Americans are military veterans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Transitioning from a branch of the service to a civilian career can pose its own set of challenges. But many employers recognize that military training can be an asset, especially in fields where people must work in teams to complete detailed projects.

At Freese and Nichols, we have employees who have served in just about every branch of the...

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