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How long did it take you to find a job out of college? Mechanical Engineer.

Attempting to feel out various professions and one of them is a mechanical engineer. Approx. how long did it take for you to be gainfully employed. Or atleast had an internship. #internship #entry-level #job-search

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Michael’s Answer

Hello Liam,

I had an internship while in college with a company and they hired me right out of college. My son, also a mechanical engineer, had an internship while in college and that same company hired him right after graduation 4 years ago.

So, it is key to have relative experience by the time you graduation in a job field, industry, or company you want to enter. Keep in mind relative experience is not always via an 'internship' ... strong grades, relative experience (machinist, mechanic, robotics, automotive, or industry related), and attitude sometimes trumps 'formal' internships. However, if a company you are interested in does have internships, then their internship is generally the best way in.

I hope this helps. Best of luck!

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Jay’s Answer

Hi Liam,
I was an Information Technology major and had a job lined up when I graduated. The company was flexible with my start date, and I was able to start 4 months after accepting the offer (I was moving from Maine).
It all depends on how "marketable" you make yourself. I had an internship the summer between my junior and senior year (which they hired me part time during my last year until I graduated) and did pretty well academically. Are you willing to move for a job? Sometimes there's more of a demand for your job in certain cities/states/regions than others.
Good luck!