Orange County Branch Newsletter

July/August 2016

Mentorship Committee

Mentorship Program Enrollment

By:  Melissa  Hilsabeck

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Orange County (OC) Mentorship Program pairs young professionals with experienced engineers to best enhance and guide the young professional’s career while improving the leadership skills of the more experienced professionals. The program hopes to provide invaluable guidance to young professionals to establish and attain their goals while providing a meaningful opportunity to experienced engineers to contribute to the Civil Engineering community. Mentors and young professionals are paired after a speed interview process and based off of discipline, common interests, and location. Throughout the year members in the program will attend three mandatory events and have the option to attend several informal events such as happy hours. The roles and responsibilities for mentors and young professionals will be unique to every pair and the goals set between each pair will serve as a guide for their relationship.  Here are some quotes from members in the program:

“I came into the program as a mentor to share my experiences with a young professional, but I never realized how much I would end up learning from my protégé.”

 “My mentor has greatly helped me improve my confidence both at work and in my personal life. My project manager has even assigned more responsibility to me because of the changes he has seen since starting the program.”

“My mentor is not just a professional whom I bounce ideas off of, but a person I can also call a friend.”

Applications for the 2016-2017 Mentorship Program will open starting in August. Please visit the Mentorship Program page for more information.