Orange County Branch Newsletter

April 2015

Student Activities

ASCE Resume / Mock Interview Workshop


By: Naveed Kharrat

ASCE OC YMF hosted the first Resume & Mock Interview Workshop of 2015 on March 7th at California State University, Long Beach. Represented by students from CSULB, CSUF & UCI, the workshop aimed to provide effective and professional insight on the processes of preparing for a job search in the civil and construction engineering industry. The event proved to be both fun and successful as over 35 students and 15 professionals were in attendance helping to bridge the knowledge gap between schooling and job searching. Of the 15 professionals, companies that were represented included Michael Baker RBF, SPEC, HDR, Arcadis, Fuscoe Engineering, CNC Engineering, RJ Noble Company, Kimley-Horn and the City of Huntington Beach. The event started with a brief introduction on ASCE OC, OC YMF and current updates from the university’s civil engineering chapters. It followed by dividing all students into two groups – one group would begin the mock interviews with the professionals while the other would be listening to keynote speakers Remi Candaele and Sabrina Rivera on career, resume and interview tips which would include a live Q&A during their sessions.  The student groups would switch midway through the event and would use the information given to them for the next sessions. The workshop proved to be successful as most students found helpful tips and hints not only from the professionals and speakers but from each other. Knowing how to use their resources effectively was a point made throughout the day and students seemed to benefit from their newfound knowledge. A big thanks is owed to all the professionals and students that helped make this year’s event great!