What are the major challenges engineering majors encounter in life (e.g. finding jobs) after graduating college?
Asked Laredo, Texas
Sally Barnett (BA Hons)
Keeping Busy!!! - Illustrator and Designer, also Web Design and Civil Engineering
Updated Frome, England, United Kingdom
The first thing to do, if you have not already done so, is to become a member of the relevant engineering institute. There are many depending on which engineering industry you commit to. This membership is essential on your CV. Depending on what area you come to focus on (depending on what your future employer does), AutoCAD and/or MicroDrainage or similar engineering software courses/training will prove useful at CV stage because it will put you one step above other candidates that do not possess that training. You may be given the opportunity to learn these softwares once employed and do them for free, but at least one relevant software training, will be useful on your CV, prior to application. It also shows continued commitment to your profession, whilst you are applying for work.
Updated Saint Petersburg, Florida
what do employers look for that makes you STAND OUT 1. take the state EIT exam as soon as possible before graduation 2. join local civil engineering membership society...attend monthly lunch seminars 3. learn AutoCADD..buy software..cheap for students..BIG PLUS 4. many consulting firms hire students as summer intern help..gets your foot in the door 5. google local state design rules and regulations..be familiar 6. take a good diversity in engineering courses there are many consulting firms in every major city..look them up...be prepared to move good luck..I have been a civil engineer for 40 years and still love the profession your goal is to earn your PE..