In this article (and video above), I talk with K. James Taylor, Jr., P.E., a licensed Professional Engineer and an Associate Vice President at Verdantas, about his journey to passing the PE exam, which included many setbacks, challenges, and valuable lessons he learned along the way.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask James:
- Can you share your licensure journey, including challenges and what helped you persevere?
- What motivated you to return to school part-time after being kicked out of the engineering program?
- How do you keep moving forward despite setbacks in your career?
- How does perseverance in the face of adversity shape your success?
Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode:
- James faced setbacks on his journey to becoming a licensed civil engineer, but perseverance and determination helped him achieve his goal. He overcame being kicked out of the engineering program in college by attending school part-time and working full-time at an engineering firm. He eventually graduated on the Dean’s List. He also overcame failing the FE exam the first time by taking the exam again a few years later, passing it and achieving his goal.
- Even when faced with failure, perseverance, and determination can help you achieve your goals. When you experience setbacks, take the time to reflect on what caused them and learn from your mistakes. Then, develop a plan to move forward and keep working towards your goals. With enough effort and dedication, anyone can achieve their dreams.
- Learning from your mistakes and adapting your approach is essential for success. When you experience a setback, take the time to reflect on what caused it and identify areas for improvement. Then, develop a plan to address those areas and move forward. By taking this approach, you can overcome any challenge and achieve your goals.
- Perseverance in the face of adversity is essential for success. No matter what challenges you may face, never give up on your goals.
About: K. James Taylor, Jr., P.E.
K. James Taylor, Jr., P.E., is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Senior Project Manager/Civil Engineering Group Leader at Verdantas, an emerging environmental, engineering, and technical consulting company with a green, sustainable, and people-first approach in the foreground. James has over 10 years of experience in civil engineering in the land development and municipal fields. Land Development services include the design of subdivisions and site plans for compliance with local codes and ordinances, civil/site engineering, stormwater management, road design, and utility design.
James was selected as the 2021 Young Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Delaware Section. James serves as the President of the Delaware Engineering Society and also as the New Professionals Director on the NSPE Board of Directors from 2021-2023.
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Anthony Fasano, P.E.
Author of Engineer Your Own Success