May 20, 2019 - 04:32 PM
Civil engineering is a versatile degree that can take you many places, including some far removed from civil engineering proper. As a new graduate, you will start your career as a junior member of a project team, which often leads to a project management role after you have proven your chops. Get exposed to as many different work experiences as you can, and determine the kinds of industries, projects, team environments, and roles that suit you best. Be open to opportunities as an inspector, as well as consulting, contracting, or sales if you are more entrepreneurially-minded.
A civil engineering degree can also lead to opportunities in related engineering fields, such as environmental engineering, transportation and logistics, clean tech / clean energy, agriculture and food production, fire protection, mining, and soil and water conservation. It can even help you get your foot in the door of high tech, particularly in the roles of product management and marketing.