Yume C. Ueno

When I visited my hometown of Cebu a few years back, I learned about Yume—the woman who followed her father’s footsteps to become a civil engineer.

Well, Yume is not just any woman, she is my distant cousin whose mom is dear to me. I am very close to auntie Lorna, Yume’s mom, because she took care of me while growing up in Cebu. Tadashi Ueno, Yume’s dad, is a civil engineer in Japan.

I was so inspired by Yume’s journey that I wanted to learn more about her.

Yume C. Ueno

Civil Engineer

Yume C Ueno

What is your definition of success?

Success is when you have achieved your goals in life whatever they may be. They can be long term or short term goals, but they have to be your goals, not anyone else’s.

How do you measure success?

I measure success by achieving the milestones I identified in my goals and plans, and when the outcomes make me happy and content.

What did important people tell you about success?

People important to me said that success comes from hard work and discipline. The late Kobe Bryant, who I look up to, once said, “great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” I happen to agree.

Where were you born and raised?

Cebu, Philippines

What was your upbringing like?

I was born and raised in a family that supported me and allowed me do everything that I wanted. Whether it was the kind of sports I wanted to play, the career I wanted to pursue, the places I wanted to visit/travel, or my desire to volunteer in some remote area, my family have always supported me. That made a big difference!

As far back as you can remember, what was your very first experience of feeling successful?

When I was a child I had a small bicycle with training wheels and I really wanted to ride it without the training wheels. I remember being so fearful, and having to summon the courage to ride the bike without the support. I remember trying many times and falling many times. I had many scratches on my knees each failed attempt, but I did not give up until finally I succeeded. It was so long ago but the feeling of success and happiness still put a smile on my face when I reminisce those days.

What is your most defining personality or trait? (i.e., introvert, extrovert, easygoing, organized, natural leader, etc.)

I am hard working. If I want something I work hard for it. PERIOD.

What qualities do you believe contributed to your success?

Passion, dedication, and hard work put me to where I am today.

What is your occupation/career?

I am a full time Civil Engineer, currently doing project management in the field.

What made you choose that occupation/career?

My father was my role model growing up. Since I was little I dreamt of becoming a civil engineer.

In one sentence, what do you do for work?

I make schedules, plan ahead, and track the progress (or delays) of construction projects.

Where did you attend school/college/training?

University of San Carlos for Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Who are your inspirations growing up?

Tadashi Ueno (my father), Kobe Bryant, and all my teachers and mentors in life.

Favorite success quote

“keep trying until you succeed”

What is your advice for others who want to succeed in life?

Be committed in what you do and work hard for your dreams.


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