Author: Micheline Ghanem
On July 16, 2020, YMF hosted its first virtual Professional Development Panel. The panel consisted of Harshal Desai from Atkins, Heidi Dexheimer from the City of Henderson, and Anita Marquez from the City of Las Vegas with a huge turnout of almost 50 attendees. The topic was Negotiation Skills. The panelists answered questions relating to when is a reasonable time to ask for a raise to controversial topics such as their thoughts on/experiences with the difference in pay between men and women.
Anita Marquez gave a powerful anecdote correlating how raises were affected during the 2007 economic downturn to now. She touched on how she earned her P.E., but she was working during a time when raises were not as easy to hand out similar to now. She explained the importance of understanding where a company is coming from in regards to whether or not you receive a raise and how sometimes it may not have to do with your value in their eyes but rather the current predicament they are in. The panelists had a lot of fun with the discussions and gave informative answers all around. We look forward to future events and hope everyone is staying safe!!
Author: Bert Rivas
The UNLV ASCE Professional Panel was held on March 4th, 2020. The event consisted of young professional engineers around the valley reflecting on their experience as students at UNLV, how they were able to balance work and student priorities, as well as accomplishing class grades and their internships at work. The professional panel was consisted on four young engineers who have been part of the UNLV student chapter during their college years and have always wanted to give back to the chapter itself. Each young professional has about eight years of experience in different sectors of engineering ranging from land development, water/wastewater, and transportation.
This event allowed students to get a sense of how a day to day operation works once you graduated and network around with different co-workers, clients, and people. This event also provided a great opportunity for students to interact with YMF members as the students asked many great questions about there career goals. Overall, informative, friendly, and effective discussions were carried out between the students and professional on career driven goals and accomplishments.
Author: Bert Rivas
As the Coronavirus pandemic spread across the world this spring, it changed the way people live, work and behave. It also brought change to the ASCE-YMF. All of sudden, the social interactions at the heart of the organization were off limits. As much of the world moved to virtual interactions, so too did the YMF branch. The Virtual Mentoring Assistant program was developed to substitute the previous mentoring program provided by the YMF, while simultaneously respecting the social distancing requirements brought on by the pandemic.
Just like the previous in-person mentoring program, the Virtual Mentoring Assistant allows young professionals to share some of their knowledge and experience with interested Civil Engineering students. All that is needed is to apply. Young professionals are then paired with interested students and the program allows for two virtual meetings between mentors and mentees. As always there is nothing like free food to bring people together, so the meetings take place and the lunch is on us! In addition to that, students participating in the program also receive a free book with advice for their engineering careers. ASCE-YMF is happy to provide this adapted program that is so fun and beneficial to students and mentors alike.