Call For Mentors
Dear ASCE Philadelphia YMF members,
In our latest email blast, we introduced a new YMF initiative to establish a mentor program.
As soon as this announcement was released, we received questions and comments from potential
mentors and mentees alike expressing strong interest in taking part in the program. This feedback
has been highly encouraging as we move towards the high arching goals of this initiative, which
are as follows:
Why Mentoring? Mentors are role models, advisers, and sponsors. They are professionals who collectively
represent a wide array of disciplines within Civil Engineering and its many focus areas. They leverage
their experience to help student mentees explore career paths and polish their professional development.
- Dream Big: The program is designed to connect every enrolled local student member with an
industry professional in a one-to-one mentorship relationship.
- Start Small: Our commitment to establishing an effective mentor program builds from feedback
of participants. Therefore, the program will kick off with a small group of students and a
carefully selected group of mentors.
- Scale Quickly: In its pilot year, we will work with participants to streamline the mentoring
process. From these lessons learned, we will expand capacity for more participants to meet our
Dream Big goal.
We highly recommend that pairs communicate at least monthly for an effective mentoring relationship.
The commitment of a mentor is one-year, although many mentor relationships have lasted beyond this time.
Throughout the year, the YMF will recommend events as meet up opportunities for mentors and mentees to get
to know each other, as well as others in the program.
We are currently looking for mentors with a preferred 3+ years of experience. If you are interested in
volunteering as a mentor, please fill out the questionnaire
In addition to this initiative, the YMF Board is continuously working to plan events to serve our
membership. For the month of September, we have the following:
As always a huge thank you to all the member volunteers who make our outreach possible. If you are looking
for ways to become involved with the YMF, please don't hesitate to
contact me or come out and meet our Board members at our events!
- YMF Group Photo and Happy Hour organized by Ajin Fatima and Kristin Leese
- Wissahickon Devil's Pool Cleanup organized by Nick Kirn and Lauren Davenport
Nha Truong, PE, PMP
ASCE Philly YMF
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As a member of the Widener Student Chapter of ASCE, I had the opportunity to attend presentations
given by civil engineers from a variety of different fields, ranging from aerospace design to traffic
engineering. In addition to the speaker series, construction site visits were a great way to see how
classroom material gets applied in the real world.
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During my junior year of college, I participated in the Mock Interview Program, which is run by the
ASCE Philadelphia YMF. This program gives college students a chance to hone their interview skills by
"mock interviewing" with civil engineering professionals. Following the interview, the reviewers evaluate
the student's performance and provide feedback to the interviewee. This was an awesome experience and
allowed me to improve several aspects of interviewing I hadn't given much thought to previously.
Additionally, the YMF hosts socials, service events, and happy hours throughout the year. Attending these
events allowed me to network with engineers outside of the office environment, which helped jumpstart my
career and ease the transition into the full-time engineering industry. ASCE and the Philadelphia Section's
YMF offer a wide range of programs for students, recent graduates and professionals in the civil engineering
industry; these events are a great way to create new relationships...and you'll have fun while doing so!
Cameron Connors, EIT