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Testimonials of BS in Civil Engineering Graduates from the Philippines

J. E.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Central Mindanao University
◈ Graduated 2004

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: My dream was to become a successful engineer someday that's my inspiration of taking this course seriously.Even though I'm a girl, I love to be called Engineer.

list bulletAbout my college education: My major is in Civil Engineering, it involves higher mathematics which necessary in studying building designs, constructions, surveying, structural analysis and anything related to constructions.

I found it challenging rather than difficult, maybe the most difficult subjects were those dealing with higher mathematics applications (e.g fluid mechanics, vector analysis, etc.). Most useful things I learned were everything I've learned not just academically but patience and focus.

Passing exams, some would say it's not so easy. You have to burn your candle and stay focus or else you'll shift to another course as many have been. The most important is to stay focused, study hard and don't lose your burning passion to become a future engineer.

list bulletMy current job: I'm one of the city engineers now in Bukidnon and my job is to be of service to the cities engineering projects like constructions, repairs and other government projects for the city.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Engineering is a practical course, and it is very useful in my job. It's worth the pain and sacrifices.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took a year because I was taking first civil service and then I applied for my first job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: I would highly recommend to take up this course, This is a great course. Being an engineer is something you can be proud of. But don't just dream of being one, you must become one of Engineer in the future so prepare yourself and be with the many who succeed in this course. Just believe in yourself.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: My advice is that you will try harder, always focus on what you will become if you study harder. Don't just sit in and try if you can. Forget the meaning of the word QUIT. And most of all, find an inspiration that will make you hold on even everybody wants you out... then success is always possible.
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K. B.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout my college education: Throughout my studies in MSU-IIT, I experienced financial problem because the combined income of my parents was not enough for us. That challenge brought me to alive. I became motivated to study hard so as to acquire Dean’s List Scholarship offered in our school. In this little way I helped my parents for my daily expenses.

However, in the last year of my studies, I was not able to avail the said scholarship because the subjects were already quite difficult. I had two critical subjects that judged my fate whether I would graduate of not. One subject was Individual Thesis that consumes time, money, manpower, and effort. The other subject dealt with Group Project about Proposed Iligan Industrial & International Seaport. The said project was good for one semester only. And we were much pressured because only limited time was allotted to us yet several things were required.

During that period, the situation became worse when I was chosen as president of the two organizations in our department, the Association of Civil Engineering Students (ACES) and the Junior Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (JPICE). It was a big responsibility to me and it became an additional undertaking in my studies.

At the end of day in my college, that tremendous storm was turn into a wonderful and pleasant atmosphere. I surpassed all the trials in my career. I graduated happily and received two awards, the Academic Award for being Cum Laude and the Leadership Award for being CE President of two organizations.

After all, I realized that nothing is impossible with God to achieve one’s goal in life. The lessons I learned are “Believe in yourself that you can make it” and “Do your best and God will do the rest”. And most specifically, hardworking and perseverance are my key instruments toward success!

list bulletMy current job: I don’t still have a job. After passing the licensure board exam in civil engineering last November 2012, here I am applying a scholarship for Masters in CE and waiting for the masteral class this coming June 2013.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: Civil Engineering is best suitable for employment opportunities. Consider the situation in the Philippines. Yes, many takers of CE Board Exam are passers. However, it does not imply that it will contribute to the increase of unemployment rate but rather it’s a big opportunity to us. First, we know that Philippines is a developing country and civil engineers are needed to construct infrastructures mainly for commercial, industrial and institutional purposes. Next, Philippines is prone to natural and accidental disasters that will eventually cause to the loss properties. In connection with this, civil engineers are one of the teams who are sought for the restoration of those damages.

When I was a child, it was my misconception that Civil Engineer is like a Carpenter who is mainly responsible for the construction of houses. But that delusion was corrected when I took this profession in MSU-IIT. I was surprised and interested after knowing the fact that the scope of our profession was not only limited for the construction of infrastructures but also covered various aspects such as coastal, geotechnical and environmental as well as in water resource management, transportation system, surveying, and other related matters.
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R. B.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Cebu Institute Of Technology (CIT)
◈ Graduated 1975

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: I chose this course because I was poor in math and I wanted to prove to my parents, brothers, and sisters that I was not a dumb person. I also heard that some engineers were earning so much money in Saudi Arabia so I told myself that I would prove to them that I would earn much more than them.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned important things in the field of civil engineering like the manner of surveying & computing the specific dimensions of a road, or a bridge, or a building. Such sessions were enjoyable and very instructive.

I had difficulties in studying the algebra subjects but through hard work, patience, and determination I was able to pass the subjects. But, there were a few who failed.

Anyone who takes up this technical course should always be attentive to the lectures, read the books on the subjects, and try to understand as much as possible what one reads.

list bulletMy current job: My job is a Safety Officer of a British-owned company based in Qatar that was contracted to help build the gas and oil refineries by supplying the concrete slabs and towers of the refineries. My job was to make sure that that the concrete parts that we supplied were always of top quality and that all of our men followed the safety tips and precautions during the production and deliveries of these items.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: In college I learned to be accurate in the calculations of all the mixtures of cement and to comply with the standards required in any work. This is what I always applied in whatever job I was doing.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After a few months of passing the Board Exam of CE I was hired by a construction contractor in Metro Manila that built roads.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: Civil Engineering is one of the most sought-after qualifications in a construction business. The income is high and the work is always exciting and interesting. There is no dull moment.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Anybody who intends to take up this course should be sure that this is what he or she wanted to do. This is not an easy course. If you fail you have repeat the subject, which is not a very ideal situation to be in.

To succeed in this course, never lose hope and confidence; these two things will help you surmount all of the challenges in the course in due time.
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J. L.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute Of Technology
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletAbout my college education: Civil engineering is really interesting. Its scope is very broad and we call it the mother of all engineering. Some people say it's a difficult course but in my case, I enjoy learning and designing structures. Yes it is indeed very challenging not only in school but also when you are practicing the profession. Being a civil engineer is a critical practice because you design high rise structures and lives and money maybe damage if you are not careful in considering the safety of that structures.

There are too many skills that are required in civil engineering.
- Mathematical skills
- Logical skills
- Analytical skills
- Graphical skills
- Management skills
- Technical skills
- Hardwork and perseverance should never be missed

There are some other skills that are needed too.
To survive in civil engineering you must be persistent especially that it does not end in school alone. You must pass the board exam also which will be your final judgement because only about 30+ percent of the takers are given the chance to pass and registered as civil engineer based on the previous results.

list bulletMy current job: Civil Engineer at Department of Public Works and Highways - LNED-II

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. The things I learned are very useful in practicing my profession.
I am applying the theories I learned in college in my professional carrer.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 4 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: I highly recommend civil engineering because it has a very broad scope. So has also a very wide opportunities in terms of getting a job here and outside the country.
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E. P.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Mindanao State University - Gensan
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletAbout my college education: The interesting about my education is the exploration of new concepts which was discovered by experienced engineers and having a variety of imaginations to create something huge and sophisticated projects in the future. Difficulties for me is the opportunity to widen what I have learned and discovered from studies and work. The challenge is your ability to make difference to be out of the box. To do something that will be remembered by everyone who sees your project.

Skills needed are not only math skills but all skills you can name. To know how to handle stress, cope pressures.etc

list bulletMy current job: Project Engineer

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: What I've learned is the basic skills. Even if technologies gone far what I've learned makes me think that I can still survive and ready to learn and change what the society can offer. I'm using both the concepts from my course. The field/company I am in takes my ability and experienced, me as well take and learn from them.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Not quite hard. After graduation I went to Government Agency, Provincial Engineering Office and I get hired at my first visit. They know the school, they know the product.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: I will recommend this course for those students/gentlemen/ladies young and old who are willing to explore, get tired, ready to learn more, adventurous and ambitious. This is a very fulfilling and interesting career in the world, many dreamed only few was successful. Salary is great, very promising in the country and outside.
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H. P.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Adamson University
◈ Graduated 1984

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: I was inspired by my relatives whom they became successful upon choosing the Civil Engineering course.

list bulletAbout my college education: Nothing is difficult in studying as long as you do your best. The only difficult in Civil Engineering is when you don't consistently practice doing exercises in solving problems. The enjoyable part is when you do field work/laboratory because here you will apply what you are learning. The boring part is attending the non-academic subjects. The interesting part is when you do group study with your classmates because your share thoughts/ideas.

To succeed in this course, you need to have discipline and you should be consistent/serious in studying all major subjects.

list bulletMy current job: My current job now is part time project estimator. I plan to put up my own construction firm soon.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I was able to utilize my course upon having my first job. I've used the principles in my degree and applied them to work.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me 3 months before I had my first job as cadet engineer.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: I will certainly recommend B.S. Civil Engineering course to others since this is a very interesting career. Though it will all depend on the person on how he/she will be successful in this career.

In terms of salary, as a beginner, I would advice you not to focus too much on the compensation. Perhaps when you become a senior level in your career, then you can demand your price.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: For those who people who will consider taking B.S. Civil Engineering course, study hard and enjoy taking this course by heart since this is a good career after graduation.
For as long as you study hard, you will find no difficulty in pursuing this course.
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L. A.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At University Of The Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: I did not have a fixed career in mind at the end of my senior year in highschool so my dad suggested to take up engineering. If I decided to change my mind later on then I can shift courses, but I gladly finished my course.

list bulletAbout my college education: Its not so much the course but the whole learning about university life in UP. You learn to be independent in ways that have never crossed your mind before. UP teaches you about life.

I really enjoyed math a lot. From trigonometry, algebra, calculus to everything else. I'm quite certain you have to have an appreciation of math to survive the course.

Hands down, the most difficult subject for me was ES12 (Dynamics of Rigid Bodies). It was quite the most frustrating subject on earth.

I would say that almost every exam is difficult. And it's even more so the more you take up your major subjects. Yes, quite a number of students failed. There were subjects wherein departmental exams usually just had a handful of students passing. (Darn you ES12!)


list bulletMy current job: I now work for an international engineering consultancy firm.
I work as a drainage/civil engineer and some hydrology type of work.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: College is basically all about the theoretical stuff. And honestly, what you learn from college are just the building blocks of what you need to learn when you actually have a paying job. College prepares you for the real world. Well, my university did.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: About 2 years I suppose
First I had to pass my board exams then I went to rest first before looking for a job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: Yes, I would. I would think there would be a lot of companies hiring engineers. Local, international and perhaps you can even put up your own.

Salary-wise, it's really varies. I have heard people getting as little as 12k a month as a fresh graduate, up to really high salaries. For me, I started out getting 25k. And I am now getting 66k with around 7 years of experience. Gross income. Locally hired.

Engineering is always interesting. You get to build nations. Serve the people. You also get to travel. You will be and should be at the forefront of development.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Just stick to your game. It was hard to get into this college and it harder to get out.
It would help that you love the course because there will be days when I had to drag my feet to go to class and all you have going for you is your dream to survive.
You will meet a lot of interesting people along the way and this time of your life will change you. For better or for worse, you have to decide that for yourself.
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J. S.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At University Of The East - Manila
◈ Graduated 1985

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: Because I was good in math.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned everything that I need to learn to be an excellent Civil Engineer. How to design, estimate, supervise, compute, and manage a construction of houses and buildings. As well as the ethics in this career/profession. Some of the most difficult subjects were design:steel/structural design, concrete and timber designs and higher calculus.

Passing the exams was difficult, because one has to study very well and understand the principles and steps in solving those problem solving questions. Many failed the exams but only few shifted to another course as per my knowledge.

The 'must have' foundation of a student before taking this course must be good in mathematics, must have logical thinking to be used in designing. Also need a strong determination to succeed and never thinking of giving up. Must be good in research and willing to find/learn new additional knowledge even though that knowledge is new and harder ones. Also good in memorizing long worded and numbered formulas.

list bulletMy current job: Right now, I am a subcontractor of a building/s. We are doing the masonry works of The grove condominium in Pasig.
I have worked as Civil Engineer in some companies for almost 15 years now. At the same time, I am also a licensed Real estate Broker now.


list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, some of them are very very practical, but you cannot apply them at all once in your first job. On my first job, I learned more from the actual work rather than from the school. But as I practice more my profession I can apply the estimating, costing, designing supervising. It really depends on the jobs, or particular jobs you are in. Because in civil Engineering there are so many branches or specialization. But I would say that there are some subjects which are not applicable to me, like those hydraulics and surveying, because those have not been my job specializations now, but those are parts of civil engineering.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated November 1985. January 1986 I already had a job and June of 1986, I passed the Civil Engineering board Examinations.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: I recommend Civil Engineering to those who might be interested on it. But if it's not your interest, nope.

Employment opportunities are vast and varied positions in this course are available. Whether male or female. I'm a female but I have clicked on it.

A fresh graduate of this course may earn an above the minimum wage or higher, depending on the company he/she has worked for. For a more experienced one, the earning ranges from P 30,000 to P 80,000 even up to P120,000 per month, but the latter would be for the managerial positions already.

For me, even though I'm a female, it is very fulfilling and interesting, because I wanted to design and build big beautiful buildings. I felt fulfilled, whenever I see the finished structure and proud of my self about it.
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M. J.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At University Of Southeastern Philippines
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: Because it is interesting. And what I like most is that we get to have the chance to design buildings and roadways. I always dreamed of designing high rise buildings and doing constructions like bridges because it really amazes me a lot when I see very good designs of it

list bulletAbout my college education: Challenging yet fun. There is time pressure especially on the submission of projects because it is quite tough to be an Engineer. I learned to be a student with good work ethics and can work with minimum supervision. The most enjoyable part is that we get to do field work and lots of outdoor activities.

You need to require Math solving skills and imagination to succeed in this program

list bulletMy current job: I’m an AutoCad operator and I do sketches using AutoCad. AutoCad is a program for designers or artist with a broad field. But for me I do designs of buildings and roadways.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I used most of the learning from my University and this is very helpful for me. The Most Important skill that I used and became the foundation of my job, is my skills in using AutoCad and mathematical skills.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: One Month after graduation. I did not take the licensure exam anymore because I got a job immediately after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: There is huge opportunities for all Civil Engineer graduates, especially if you are a licensed Engineer. If you pursue this career and dedicate yourself to it, you will have a Very Good Career ahead of you and could also entitle you to Huge Salaries.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Study Hard this is basically the most needed advice of every student because if you want to pursue this kind of program you need to have the dedication and determination to pass all the subjects
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R. J.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Rizal Technological University
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: It is challenging course and I wanted to enhance my talent in mathematics and beside to that, I was willing to design and construct an infrastructure.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned to be more on focus due to the difficult subjects. I learned to be more discipline because of finished or not finished need to pass the paper. I feel the greatness of this course. I learned also to be generous to my classmates when we have a surprise examination I give those papers to use in exam.

The subjects that made me crazy are Differential and Integral calculus but it is the way also to make easy the other subjects like Deigns (Foundation, Reinforced Concrete, and Pre Stress Design). And not only that, I been used it now in my work. All the challenges I encountered when I was college, I enjoy it now.

To pass the exam was difficult because sometimes it was only 7 out of 30 students were passed to the exam that is why the other shifts to business courses.

The only things that we need to be habit when we still study in college are to being focus to your study, make your study as your friend, don't be shy to ask if you did not understand the subject and put to your heart and have a passion to your study. And one day you will be victorious and your parent will be proud of you.

list bulletMy current job: As being Project Civil Engineer, you are responsible to finish the construction of buildings, roads, bridges, factory and other infrastructure on time. You will sort out all materials, equipment and manpower to be use and manage it according to the schedule and sequence of work. Easy to say, you supervise the whole construction works.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I learned to be punctual because our exam will start on exact time also. I learned also to be focus on my job and to finish all works on schedule with quality. If I have float time, I used it to start the other activities earlier so that I avoid cramming of my schedule so that I deliver it on time. And I learned the professionalism in my work because of experienced in my college era.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I found a job only days after my graduation because I took an OJT to their company. This company said to me their evaluation in my training job and they ask me if I willing to work to their company. And I said, yes.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: I recommend the BS Civil Engineering course for those who willing and decided to take this course because if you not your interest, it is hard to finished this. In employment opportunities, Civil Engineering graduates can easily find jobs because it is demanding now in abroad and in our country. In Philippines, more buildings are going to rise here because of the investors like the economy status of our country. According to statistics I read in internet, Philippines are fast growing country now a days compare to other Asian nation. Buildings and buildings are raised in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao which symbolized our strong economy. More Investors from Japan, America and Europe still engaging to our country and more to come.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: I just advice to those who are willing to take BS Civil Engineering is to be sure you want this course and it's subjects. Don't be afraid to take or encounter the challenges. Always depend to your professors and other classmates who are willing to teach you and do not even think to cheat when you take this course. Be perceived to understand the subjects so that when you take an exam you are confident that you will answer it all. I tell you; you will easily pass the Board Exam because you know the principle of formulas that you will be used to answer the questions. :)
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R. Y.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Eastern Visayas State University
◈ Graduated 1995

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: I liked to have my own construction company in my later years when I have enough money.

list bulletAbout my college education: My practical lessons were done in the field. There outside the walls of the school, we learned what an engineer should be doing. We surveyed the land, made the computations, and made the building plans. I learned so many things during these field trips. This taught me much and helped me review well for the exams.

The only difficulty was not in the subjects but being in the field under the sun for so many hours. All of us became blacker.

My classmates and I read our books and assignments at home. We discussed and did our projects outside the school. It was more fun and exciting that way.

Hard work and persistence are the keys to success. Being a child of not rich parents, I had to accept whatever things I had. What I had was my determination to finish the course and become an engineer some day.

list bulletMy current job: I am now in the construction business with a contractor. I deal with the local government for the construction of small projects like schools, roads, and small houses. I implement the building plan made by the architects and I supervise the people in the actual construction.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The field training during my college years taught me how to make the construction blueprint and I learned how to make the building plans of horizontal and vertical structures. These are examples of what I learned during my studies.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was hired by a contractor only one year after my graduation. I did the supervision of the labor personnel and I made sure that the work was properly made.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: Those who are considering of taking this course will not regret it if they take this. Those who finished this course, even if they did not become licensed engineers, were able to work as foremen in the construction companies. Some even worked abroad and got rich.

In terms of salary, the Civil Engineer gets a good pay. The work is technical and has risks especially in implementing high rise structures. If one becomes a contractor, the income is unlimited. If not, he still gets employed and paid well by the government. He can retire with a big pension.
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R. B.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Mapua Institute Of Technology
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: When I was a kid I was very fond of high rise buildings especially when I stand in front of their main entrance and looked above me and I can see that the building is so high when it's bending in a certain angle, like it's kind of leaning towards me. So I said to myself when I grow up I want to design and construct buildings. I want to be the one who is making all the necessary design of foundations, designing the structures and the form of every floor the building is built. So I asked my mom and dad what kind of people does this kind of job. Then they told me that engineers do this kind of job. So I told them I want to be an engineer when I grow up and I want to build lots of High Rise buildings. So from then on my goal when I Reach College is to study Civil Engineering and become one day a Civil Engineer.

list bulletAbout my college education: The first few years was a swift, it's pretty easy to understand, activities were not that hard, and the lessons are quite interesting. But as I move to my 3rd year the Difficult part comes in I got to have lots of major subjects. I have lots laboratory works to do. Big projects came in simultaneously. It was a pretty difficult time for me to insert my personal time. I don't have the time to enjoy with my friends anymore, I don't have the time to go out of town, most of my personal life were gone because of the Loads of work and project to be finished. So pretty much difficult for me. To succeed I needed the patience, the dedication and I believe the most important one is Time Management. This is really the thing here. You should be able to Manage Your Own Time and the Time allotted for others

list bulletMy current job: I am a Civil Engineer at our City. I work under the government so most of my projects are for government purposes. What I do, as a Civil Engineer I design and then construct buildings. But as of now everything I do is for the Country because it's all about Government Projects.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: 100% Yes! Everything taught and given to me was applied. There was a training held before the hiring yet I still needed all the knowledge and skills that I have learned in Mapua and apply it on my current Job now. So big thanks to Mapua and everything I learned from my past Proffesors because it was really worth it.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduating in Mapua, I studied again or shall I say Review for 6 months and then took up the Board Exam for Civil Engineers. Even before the Board Exam I already applied for our governments Civil engineer position. So after I passed the board exam I eventually got hired and since then I have been working as our City's Civil Engineer.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: Yes I would recommend this. This is Job considered to play an important role in our life. So this is one of the most life changing experience you can ever try. There is a very good career ahead of you if you take Civil Engineering seriously.
The salary is great as well and there are many benefits when you land on a position suitable for a High Paying Civil Engineer. Overall being a Civil Engineer is Big Opportunity for everyone to succeed.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: You should have great amount of patience in your college life. You should be 100% dedicated on whatever you do, one of the common advice I can share as well is that you must have the Resources to study Engineering in this kind of School. And lastly Time Management. It is all about managing your time right.
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L. M.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Xavier University
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletAbout my college education: The course I took was indeed challenging. My love for Mathematics really did help me a lot, of course I wouldn't be enrolling on the course if I hated the subject. As I had my major subjects, the learning process became enjoyable. Our professors were good enough to insert current events that are in line with the subject during discussions. This actually helped us, the students, to understand more the subject and its relevance to the real world.

In pushing through this course, one should have the discipline, perseverance and determination to succeed. I think that is the most important of all. It will be an advantage to have excellent analytical and intellectual skills. It will help in dealing with the subjects along the course. A good relationship between your classmates will also be a help.

list bulletMy current job: Project Engineer

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Three major learning, being competent, committed to every endeavor I pursue while having conscience. We were taught being persons for others. And yes, I've been keeping this in mind not just on being professional but also being an individual.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation, I did not find a job because I still studied for Civil Engineers Licensure Exam. I first found a job 10 months after graduation and was immediately hired.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: I would highly recommend this course because it has many employment opportunities. Even without a license yet, you have a wide selection of jobs to apply for, local or abroad. In this career, you can work on an office or field, which gives you the chance to travel and explore many places. But if you want a better salary job, you have to get a license.
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M. B.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Mapua Institute of Technology
◈ Graduated 1997

list bulletAbout my college education: Being a civil engineering student was very challenging. First of all, I came from an all girls school since elementary and being in a coed school for college was at first exciting, since I can meet new friends and I would be in a new environment.
I had to be good in science and math since these are the subjects that are very much used. When I was on the higher level, it was getting more difficult because things are getting complicated, since you really have to analyze things.
It was fun where we can go on educational trips and see things connected with our course.

list bulletMy current job: Principal engineer. I do some design, estimate works and site inspection. I also attend meetings with the clients. I also do negotiation and attend biddings.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Being the principal engineer, I am able to use what I learned from school.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I took another degree after I graduated, but I was a working student by then so I guess it was not hard, especially if you have contacts.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: I recommend this course since we are a growing country. There are lots of construction on-going. There are also employment opportunities here and around the world. For me it is very fulfilling because this is the one that I like.
As for the salary level, base on my experience, I started on a basic salary but like what I said if you like what you are doing even if the salary is low, there is no regret.
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P. B.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Columban College
◈ Graduated 2017

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: Planning and designing structures is what I am passionate about, since High school my dream was to become an engineer, I wanted to take risk of whatever difficulties that will come my way, even though I'm a bit scared because of the comments about the course, others say it's one of the most difficult programs to take in college, because of the extreme work loads and mind bugging subjects like 10+ math subjects, and design subjects. Some say a lot of students come but few will only survive in the end, which is true. But as what I've said, I wanted to take risk.

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying Civil Engineering needs patience, and extreme effort, and also emotional control.

I learned the concepts and theories on the field of Civil Engineering, it is true that we have a lot of Math subjects, if I'm not mistaken, more than 10. From Algebra to Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Math is our foundation to all of Engineering Sciences, meaning we treat it like a grade 1 subject, it is important for us to master the basics of mathematics.

As we get to the next level - starting from 3rd year to 5th year, (HELL YEAR (S)), there comes the Engineering Sciences which are the specializations of our course, in these subjects including Engg Mechanics, Theory of structures, Concrete, Steel and timber design, if you don't know the concepts in math fully, like trigonometry, algebra and physics, you will struggle on understanding the concepts. So practice is the key, If you're not tired, you're not making it right.

Aside from the lessons, the projects are also one of the struggles of being a CE student but for me it's fun :D, most specially the design projects, for example, in theory of structures we have to make an analysis of a 4 storey building, meaning it's like we will plan for the building and make an analysis for the loads so that we can design a safe building. To design means to compute for the materials to be used for making the structure strong, e.g number of steel bars for beams, economical dimensions for steel columns, area of footings etc. So to make the storey short, we should make the project hand written, I consumed 2 reams of bond paper for real! and that is only for one subject, there's 2 more, RC and steel design. Thank God I finished it on time, marks of my calluses are still on my hands.
And of course Emotional control, we all know that in engineering it's normal for an average student like me to get a failing grade, a 3.0 and INC so be prepared, when I first failed a subject I almost cried :' (:D.. so it's best to double your effort to study.

list bulletMy current job: Engineer

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: A month

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: PRACTICE.. PRACTICE.. PRACTICE, solve many problems as you can, make it a hobby because in the end it will be worth it. But of course don't forget to enjoy your college life.
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N. J.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Mapua Institute Of Technology
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: My father is a graduate of Civil Engineering. And my brother is a graduate of architecture. And both of them are very successful engineers. No doubt that in this kind of environment you will have a better career. So when I go to college I want to be like them too that is why I studied Civil Engineering

list bulletAbout my college education: Civil Engineering is a very interesting program. One of the most interesting part of this is when we do the what we call surveying. We go outside the campus go to different areas or places around the campus and conduct survey. The survey we are talking about is the calculations we made on the road and on the buildings. Most parts are very technical and it will cover a whole of the Engineering part.

list bulletMy current job: I am a On Call Civil Engineer. It's a contractor type of job as a Civil Engineer.
But most of the time I come along with my Father whenever he has projects that is why I sometimes become his Engineering Assistant

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Definitely, everything taught and everything that I have learned are applied and most of it are very effective. The most important part that I always use when working is the surveying. well I believe this is the most practical type of work done by Civil engineers.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation it took me more than six months to pass the Licensure Exam for Civil Engineers then after that I applied to my father's company did not get a call for a long time, that is why I applied for a contractor type of job as a Civil Engineer that is why I am an On call civil engineer

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: Definitely recommend to all aspiring Engineers out there. But I do recommend this only to everyone who are dedicated and really do love being an Engineer. Because it is not easy to reach the top being an Engineer. Your career at first is at the bottom but as you work hard and aim for the top you can definitely reach you highest goals in life. Salary increases as you get more projects and more clients

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Study Hard, Work Hard, Dedicate yourself to this kind of program, Make sure you are prepared for Field Work because being a civil engineering requires a LOT of Field Work especiallly under the sun and other Outside Jobs
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A. A.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At University Of The Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletAbout my college education: It was really tough. For starters, I came from the province and had to stay inside the dormitory within the campus. Adapting to the social changes all by myself while having academic challenge was really not a walk in the park. It was the first time I was away with my family. But of course, I got to meet with awesome people around the university that made my stay really fun and interesting. All in all, I would say that the efforts were worth everything.

I think the most important ingredient in the success recipe is the power of patient thought. I admit that I am not so good in Math and Physics which is mostly what my degree is all about, but having the right attitude towards the academics will never run out of style in securing success.

list bulletMy current job: Since I am yet to have a professional job, I have been accepted to internships and part-time jobs easily and get calls from companies form time-to-time even if I am still a graduating student.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The UP education differ from the other universities maybe because what we learn is not just the material itself. The professors teach us on how to understand it. We are accustomed to learning fast and learning by ourselves, and are trained to have a specific skill in knowing what are the best solutions to a problem. I guess, aside from the expertise in my degree, the best thing I got from the university is that skill.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: Yes, of course. The country is in a state of construction boom that will last for the next 25 years at least. Being a Civil Engineer can provide future stability and flexible learning opportunities.
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J. P.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Phinma University Of Iloilo
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: There were only few enrollees during those times, well if you compared it with criminology, nursing or commerce.... ^_^

list bulletAbout my college education: Passing exams was always difficult, getting a 75 means a celebration for many, but I am a little better than them, if I got 75, I was sad... But that's a reality in engineering : what is 1.0 if 3.0 is passing.

From 65 enrollees in the first semester, we went down to less than 20 in 2nd semester, mostly failed, some shifted to other course.s When We Graduated, there were only 2 of us regular students, plus 4 more who needed to get summer classes, but went up the stage for advance graduation...

list bulletMy current job: Senior Cost Control Engineer (Currently in DOHA, QATAR).
My Job is see to it that our actual cost does not Exceed the budget, from manpower & personnel, equipment, materials and overheads. We are in Aid to project management to make critical decisions regarding the project.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The books, the theories, the basic principles of mathematics, and applied engineering principles were just tools - in our minds.
But the practical application depends on the situation you are in.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation, we reviewed for the Board Exam for 6 months. After passing the board exam on November 2001, I landed a job on March 2002 - that was my first job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: Yes,
Engineering is a noble a respected profession. Fresh Grads can never expect good rates, but those experienced do, especially when they get to work abroad.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Perseverance, self Discipline, good study habits. If you fail keep on trying, FAIL means, "First Attempt In Learning ".

Do not complicate everything, simplify and set your priorities accordingly. There a lot of things never taught in the academe, that you may learn in work. Learning is evolving and never stops when we get the diploma.
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C. F.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Ateneo De Davao University
◈ Graduated 2003

list bulletWhy did I choose Civil Engineering: I saw that people in the construction business make faster and more money. I thought this course will make me rich.

list bulletAbout my college education: I enjoyed all of the engineering subjects and they were not difficult for me. I did not like non-engineering subjects like biology and philosophy, it was difficult for me. But I studied them and I passed.
Hard work, good study habits, and determination are what I applied in this course.

list bulletMy current job: I am now a Contractor in the construction business. I have projects in constructing buildings, repair, and retrofitting. I build the structures on progress billing.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: My instructors taught me how to compute and determine the accurate measurements, requirements, and costs of certain structures. I am applying this now in my business.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After I graduated and passed the Board exam for civil engineering, I was given the capital by my parents to put up my own business and I started the actual work in a year.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: The engineering course is not expensive compared to Biology, medicine, and nursing. But the opportunities for employment are more and the income can be big.

The people in the construction business are rich and successful. Others are successful in working in working in Arab countries where Filipino engineers are hired. There is employment in the Philippines of engineers and the pay is good. Why not try this course?
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L. D.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At Cagayan De Oro College
◈ Graduated 1989

list bulletAbout my college education: Engineering is so interesting course, yes it is difficult, but enjoyable and challenging.
In order to succeed in this course one must have high analytical skills/logical skills paired with excellent mathematical skills and hardwork.

list bulletMy current job: Municipal Government Department Head I (Municipal Assessor) for LGU Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I believe so, yes. Since I deal with real property assessments and appraisals, the mathematical routines are always needed. The knowledge about buildings and other infrastructures taught in college are used in my line of work.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Three years

list bulletDo I recommend studying Civil Engineering: Yes. Civil Engineering and other Engineering courses have a significant role to play in the society, particularly in innovations and nation building so Engineers will never ran out of job opportunities. It is very interesting since engineering deals with a lot of things and allows anyone in the field to improve themselves and help others by ways of innovations and setting global standards.

Most engineering positions pay well especially those in the construction and research industry.
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