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As companies’ focus shifts to the retention of new employees from diverse backgrounds and expertise, the industry needs to learn how to be more inclusive.

Mayuko Mizutani, a co-op in Freese and Nichols’ Atlanta office, wrote an article for the Georgia Operator summer issue about fostering inclusive professionalism. She covers three different aspects of professionalism, including expectations of appearance, communication and cross-cultural awareness.

In the article, she also suggests asking ourselves...

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As the job market gets more and more competitive, internships and co-ops can put you ahead of the competition. But how to juggle an internship search with school assignments, projects, work and everything else? Here are tips on when to focus on internship applications:

When to look: Some companies hire interns up to a year in advance. At a fall career fair, recruiters are looking for interns for the next summer....

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It’s no secret that we’ll deal with difficult people throughout our lives and careers.

Working in the architecture/engineering/construction industry, we work with people every day to see our projects to completion, whether it’s clients, stakeholders, the public and our own internal teams. It’s a necessary skill to know how to deal with difficult people, and it isn’t really taught in college.

Stephanie Buckingham, Organizational Development, was recently featured in...

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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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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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An internship is essential for getting a taste of what it means to be an engineer. Even better is a co-op, which allows you to learn alongside professional engineers for a full year.

I was a full-time co-op at the Austin Office of Freese and Nichols in the summer and fall of 2015 then worked part time in the spring of 2016 while finishing my last semester at the University of Texas at...

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We're proud to announce Freese and Nichols' new blog called Insights & Hindsights , which offers career tips to help young professionals be better prepared for the workforce.

We know you have questions about finding a job and starting your career, because we did too. From connecting with clients to tips on transitioning from intern to professional, Insights & Hindsights provides answers from people who have been in your shoes....

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