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I wonder if civil engineering would appeal to me

I'm starting my last year of high school and my class is specialized in maths, phusics and informatics.
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Katherine’s Answer

Daliya,

Hello! Civil engineers all over the world require professional training and licensure to practice in their respective countries.

While I'm most familiar with the civil engineering landscape in the USA, the American Society of Civil Engineers (https://www.asce.org/) is open to students and professionals from around the world -- and students can join for free!

If there is a chapter near your home or a student chapter of another Bulgarian professional organization for civil engineers (like https://bacea-bg.org/bg), then make an effort to attend a few events.

One of the unique things about civil engineering is that most materials and jobs are located right in your backyard. Everything from roadways and bridges to water treatment and geotechnical investigation is covered under the civil engineering umbrella. When you've completed a degree in this exciting field, there are many smaller and more specialized disciplines where you will be able to practice your skills.

All the best!

Katherine recommends the following next steps:

Try introductory civil engineering courses at a local university, and if that's not available start out with the things common to all engineering disciplines: statics, dynamics, and strengths of materials.
Attend local professional meetings, whether they're for civil engineers in general or geared more toward a specific discipline (structural, water, roadway, etc.).
Take advantage of a free student membership from ASCE (https://www.asce.org/) and learn more about civil engineering to your heart's content!

Thank you very much! Daliya A.

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Jeffrey’s Answer

I think Katherine is recommending some great advice.

Along with local US groups and organizations, there are other international groups that may have a presence I your local area. Here are a few that come to mind:
1. https://www.issmge.org/
2. https://www.asminternational.org/
3. http://www.wfeo.org/
4. http://www.ecceengineers.eu/

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Cliff’s Answer

Civil engineering includes many directions, such as Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Project Management, Hydraulic engineering, Traffic Engineering, etc.

I think you can first understand whether the content of civil engineering is in line with your learning strengths.

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Steve’s Answer

Hi Daliya,
Great question! Having a strong foundation in Mathematics and Science is key for any engineering discipline. To know if Civil Engineering is right for you, research the types of projects and products that involve Civil Engineers. For example, are you interested in architecture, city planning, large scale construction (sky-scrappers, bridges, dams)? Are you interested in the enabling infrastructure for utilities such as power generation, water supply, waste disposal, communications, and waste. Civil Engineering can also be extremely useful for charity work in under developed countries and communities. If any of these interest you, then I think it could be a good fit for you.

Good luck!

Steve

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Steve’s Answer

Hi Daliya,
Great question! Having a strong foundation in Mathematics and Science is key for any engineering discipline. To know if Civil Engineering is right for you, research the types of projects and products that involve Civil Engineers. For example, are you interested in architecture, city planning, large scale construction (sky-scrappers, bridges, dams)? Are you interested in the enabling infrastructure for utilities such as power generation, water supply, waste disposal, communications, and waste. Civil Engineering can also be extremely useful for charity work in under developed countries and communities. If any of these interest you, then I think it could be a good fit for you.

Good luck!

Steve

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