What is a good background to have as a Systems Engineer?
I came across a job description for a Systems Engineer, and it seems like something I might be interested in. I have a lot of on-the-job experience with project management and communication, and I'll be graduating with a bachelor's degree in physics next year. Is this an appropriate background for a systems engineer? What else can I do to determine if this career is right for me?
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Jason recommends the following next steps:
If you think yourself can fit the position, you can try to submit your application to the job.
However, I also would like to highlight that the requirement and job nature of the same position may be different among different companies. You may need to read through the job description each time.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
You might consider spending some time with someone in that role to see what they do everyday, so you can be sure it is something that excites you everyday. You will be most successful if you are passionate about the position and love to do that job.
Congratulations on preparing to graduate from college and a physics degree will be helpful in any technology field. I don’t agree a System Engineering career would come from a Computer Science or Computer Engineering background but it can assist. A college degree provides you with the basics in many areas and prepares you for many different opportunities. The main focus is the willingness to learn and to spend time working diligently to learn your new occupation. Remember, you are starting at an entry level meaning it will require you to attend formal training, on the job training and following the company standard operating procedures. When you start, look for a mentor who can help guide you in the job, next steps and career progression over time. This does not happen immediately but having someone to guide, provide experience, and help you through the corporate politics.
Wish you a great start and hope to hear you are enjoying your new career choices.
The systems engineering role requires someone to understand and how to give a solution to "make something work". Depending on the company business case, it can be required to have prior knowledge on a particular technology or tool that they need for the job opening. This is however not always the case, as some companies will have training plans to get you up to speed.
What is essential is being analytical, having a problem-solving mentality and ability to collaborate with different teams to get the job done.
Good luck with the search and good job!