My road in life took a while to figure out.
I got accepted into my dream college.
I paid off my college debt quickly.
Moved to San Diego for better work opportunities.
Got my first apartment.
Found a stable and well paying civil engineering job.
Got married and had a kid.
Bought my first house.
Became a manager at my current job.


Civil Engineer

I work as a civil engineer in San Diego, California.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I start off my day with answering emails. I then work with my peers on a project we're currently working on. My tasks usually have to do with roads and bridges in Southern California. I also go to meetings a few times a week to make sure the project details are up to date with the other workers. I sometimes visit the project sites and get to see my problem solving and creativity come to life!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get an engineering internship in college because it will open doors for potential careers. Some engineers can refer you for other jobs.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Engineering is for men. You need to be a genius to even graduate from college with such a rigorous and demanding major. You're a nerd for wanting to pursue engineering."

Challenges I Overcame



Why did you choose civil engineering?

Asked by Anonymous Student

I can balance my life and job while also having a challenging and eventful job, I can travel for work and get paid well!

Why did you move to San Diego?

Asked by Anonymous Student

I have some family there and thought exploring engineering careers in California would be super fun. Besides, the views are amazing.

Was civil engineering your first choice?

Asked by Anonymous Student

Industrial engineering was my first choice until I weighed my options and found civil engineering to be more intriguing.

Is being a manager easier than a lower level engineer?

Asked by Anonymous Student

In some ways yes, but I have more tasks to do and have more meetings to attend compared to ab entry level. I work longer hours some days as well.

Was it easy to make new friends in your workspace?

Asked by Anonymous Student

Yes, by asking questions and participating I was able to learn more about my peers and vise versa.

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