8 Expert Advices for Civil Engineering Fresher Jobs
- If you don’t know something…..Accept and ask questions.
- Be clear about your roles and responsibilities
- Do not commit the impossible
- Learn from the experiences of others
- Learn from your own mistakes
- Get out of your comfort zone
- Be ethical and honest to your organisation and profession
- Develop new skills and stay up to date
1. If you don’t know something…..Accept and ask questions.
Being a civil engineer is a matter of immense responsibility. Being a fresher you might come across a problem or situation about which you lack knowledge. Don’t worry and do not loose confidence, because it is totally fine and its okay to not know something. But what is not okay is to pretend that you know something, that you don’t know. So, whenever in doubt ask questions. Ask your colleagues, seniors, managers or even client. Ask questions and be inquisitive.
2. Be clear about your roles and responsibilities
It’s your first job and you want to give your best. But wait, you are not clear about a few aspects of your job responsibilities, what will you do? Just ask. Do not hesitate to get clarity from your manager, senior or even HR. Understand your roles and responsibilities and take efforts to deliver beyond the expectations.
3. Do not commit the impossible
If you know something can’t be done, do not commit. Do not commit the impossible deadlines and targets that you cannot achieve. Being a fresher you may not have experience in task you have been assigned to do, apart from the obvious things there could be some critical aspects that may pop up eventually as you progress in your assigned work, leading to delays or difficulty in target achievement. So, be mindful before committing something.
4. Learn from the experiences of others
“Knowledge is knowing, and wisdom is doing”. You might be a scholar in your academics, but remember that there is a difference between knowing and doing. Knowledge comes by knowing something whereas wisdom comes when you are actually doing it. So, never miss a chance to learn from the experiences of others. Moreover, learning from the experiences of others can also help you to prevent mistakes.
5. Learn from your own mistakes
It’s okay to do mistakes, but what’s not okay is to repeat them. Remember, your every mistake is costing time and money to your employer. And no employer would like to spend too much for a longer period of time. So, before ending a day at work, take notes of your learnings and also write down the action plan for the future.
6. Get out of your comfort zone
Comfort and growth are inversely proportional to each other. More comfort you seek, lesser growth you experience in your career. So, never miss a chance to break your comfort zone, explore new opportunities and learn.
7. Be ethical and honest to your organisation and profession
Civil engineers do not just build buildings and structures, they are also responsible for the life and safety of the people that use those building and structures every day. Something that seems to be a lucrative choice in the short run, could be a fatal choice in your long term career as well as for the life and safety of people. Your employer has hired you because he/she has trusted you and your capabilities. The best way to express gratitude is by being ethical and honest to your organisation and profession.
8. Develop new skills and stay up to date
In this rapidly growing world, the obsolescence rate of knowledge is very high. If you want a sustainable growth in your career as a civil engineer, make sure you are learning new technologies and gaining practical knowledge beyond college curriculum.
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