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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.

Holly Saez, Water Resource Dam and Levee Design, Dallas, is mother to...

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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 show your personality. Your...

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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...

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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 military, and we greatly value...

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Having a mentor where you work gives you a friend, teacher and a guide who can offer his/her own life experiences.

Chances are that whatever you’re going through in your career, the mentor has already been there. The mentor also gives you someone besides your boss or immediate co-workers to bounce ideas off of and help look out for you. 

Investing in the next generation is a big part of the Freese and Nichols culture. We have about 275 people involved in the...

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Whether you feel like you’ve aced your interview or not, these next few steps can play an important role in landing the job.

1. Thank-you notes 

A well handwritten thank-you note will go a long way in making you stand-out to potential employers. You’re probably wondering why you should mail a thank-you note when it’s faster and more convenient to send an email. Well, for one, an email is not personal, and it can easily get buried in people’s inboxes. Meanwhile, a handwritten thank-you note shows you care and are willing to go the extra mile. ...

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When I was an Engineer-in-Training, my manager at Freese and Nichols encouraged us to get involved with professional organizations but also to devote time to a cause we felt passionately about.

As a result, I’ve become increasingly active with Water for People, an international nonprofit group that focuses on providing “innovative and long-lasting solutions to the water, sanitation, and hygiene problems in the developing world.” One of the reasons I became an environmental engineer is that I saw what a critical issue water is both...

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Finding a job you love can be a meandering journey that eventually leads you to a position where your skills are a perfect fit, even if you hadn’t imagined yourself there.

It took working in several very different and unrelated fields before I joined Freese and Nichols in a business technology role that has let me build my strengths and discover strengths I didn’t realize I had.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy out of high school and wound up as an electrician’s...

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