Career Coaching in Civil Engineering with Fernando Ceballos

Episode 14
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Fernando is a Professional Civil Engineer in Texas and works on commercial land development projects throughout the state as a consultant. As a 2013 graduate from Texas A&M University, Fernando has had an opportunity to work on schools, various commercial sites, apartment complexes, and residential master-planned communities. Fernando is also a career coach and host of the Dealing with Life Stuff Podcast. Through his community impact involvement, he currently serves as the SHPE DFW Chapter President, sits on TREC Young Gun Committee, ASCE National Committee of Pre-College outreach, and serves on the Advisory board at a local high school. Fernando was part of the 2017 Coors Light Lideres, 2018 ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering, and featured in the 2018 Class of Dallas Weekly’s Millennials to Watch.

Some questions discussed during the interview (Time Stamps):

0:00 – Intro
1:27 – Fernando Introduction
2:08 – What do you do and what kind of coaching have you done in the past?
5:12 – What do you do with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)?
7:10 – How have you been helping and mentoring students with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)?
10:10 – The importance of volunteering and the value that brings to our careers
13:12 – What has been the balance of being a Civil Engineer and being a career coach?
16:48 – What other volunteer experience do you have and what skills have you developed?
19:33 – Were you a natural/gifted leader when you started your career?|
21:08 – What are the skills needed to become a great engineer?
24:35 – Can you give us a quick breakdown of your signature talk on leadership?
28:32 – What is the difference between a job and a career?
29:46 – What is one thing you would change from your past?
33:44 – Has dyslexia presented challenges or benefits in your career?
36:05 – What is your advice for up-and-coming civil engineers?
37:50 – What books have changed your life?
38:45 – How can we better engineer our future?
39:14 – Where can people find you on social media?
40:01 – Outro

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In this podcast, your host Luis Duque, will talk about his own experiences and those around him to help young professionals, students, and international students succeed in their career. Luis is a practicing Bridge Engineer in Colorado. His career is just beginning, but he has been able to help communities in need as well as being involved with professional organizations to advance the Structural Engineering profession.

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