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As a young professional, you might kick yourself when you make a mistake or wonder whether you have what it takes to succeed in your career.

Perseverance is about learning from failure and continuing to move forward.

My journey to becoming an engineer doesn’t look like the “typical path.” But everyone faces challenges along the way. I hope sharing the lessons I’ve learned can affect someone else in a positive way.

Finding a Way

At age 5, I moved with my grandparents from Armenia, Colombia, to Fort Worth, Texas, where my grandmother had family. My grandmother...

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This is part 2. Read the first one on how to find the right mentor.

Having mentors can be instrumental in your career growth.

As covered in the previous article, finding the right mentor is a critical first step. Personally, I like to have mentors inside and outside of the organization and at all different life stages to give me different perspectives. My mentors within the...

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By now, it’s the standard joke on social media that if you don’t document an experience, it didn’t happen.

But documentation isn’t something to make light of in the engineering world. Proper record-keeping is crucial, even if it can be time-consuming. It’s important to establish good documentation habits — and to organize records so they’re available when needed.

Who knew that when a project we designed 20-plus years ago...

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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 look for, the hunt begins. Here are...

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Note: This is a second part in a series on how to improve your LinkedIn presence. Read the first one here.

One key aspect of any successful LinkedIn profile is a bio.

When done correctly, a bio summarizing your talents can help draw the right people to your profile. Whatever your reason for being on LinkedIn – job hunting,...

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In commemoration of International Women’s Day, we’re honoring the invaluable contributions of Freese and Nichols’ female leaders.  

These women spearhead project teams, serve on national boards to advance their profession, shape our company and work to make our communities better places to live.

We asked these pacesetters to share their advice...

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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...

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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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