“How did you find your first job?” It’s a tough question to answer because it isn’t just one thing. After months of filling out applications and hearing nothing back, I decided to take a step back and evaluate what I was doing wrong.
Retention rates among students studying engineering are among the lowest of all majors. Around 60% of students that study engineering will either drop-out or change majors and 40% of those students will do so in their first year. So why is it that so many students drop-out?
Mental strength plays a key role in any engineers’ career. Particularly those in leadership positions or those who want to achieve a leadership role. Often engineers spend time contemplating factoids and past methods for solving particular problems and miss key attributes to their personality.
There are a ton of myths about engineers. Often, not-so-flattering. Try a search result for “engineers are” and see what comes up
Certainly, anyone with advanced education has added potential to achieve more. However, many tend to get their master’s degree for the wrong reason. Here are some examples of the wrong reasons:
A technical recruiter is a valuable asset, even if you’re not looking for a new position right now. Technical recruiters are focused on specialized industries—like IT or engineering—and are hired to match the brightest talents in technology fields with the
The official definition of what an engineer does is to apply science and mathematics principles to develop technical solutions to complex technical problems. However, the truth about engineering is that we are at our core are “Problem Solvers” and “Fixers”.
Often, I hear the question, “Does ____ industry have opportunities right now?” And, while I don’t say it, I want to answer: “Who cares?” Is this the deciding factor on where you will take your career— what’s available now? Sounds
In my conversations with young engineers, one question prevails over the rest: “I’ve filled out hundreds of online applications, and I have only gotten a few responses. How do I land my first engineering job?” It’s too common. Young engineers
What makes a great engineer? Why did Edison go on after 1,000 failures? Similarly, why did Ford pursue his idea of a motorized car while everyone was satisfied with horse-drawn carriages? What led Leonardo Di Vinci to become the biggest
They spend a tons of time figuring out how to do something the “easiest” way. Smart engineers are lazy. That’s why they automate. When we are lazy, we look to do things in the most efficient way possible, so we
Future Skills Outlook 2022 Declining 1. Manual dexterity, endurance and precision 2. Memory, verbal, auditory and spatial abilities 3. Management Of financial, material resources 4. Technology installation and maintenance 5. Reading, writing, math and active listening 6. Management Of personnel
Fake job posts are everywhere. They anger, discourage and disappoint job seekers. As a result, job seekers become discouraged about the job market, their capabilities, and may change their career track. Why? Because job seekers believe that the lack of
This podcast is a discussion around everything that affects women in STEM fields and hosts interviews with women in STEM. The purpose of this podcast is to support women in their STEM careers and provide a community
Your engineering career and professional reputation can take year’s even decades to build. It can be tarnished very easily and difficult to salvage. Below are my best tips to keep you career a fruitful one. Back Out of a New
An engineering coach is proven to work when two factors are present: You are willing to grow There is a gap between where you are now and where you want to go. That is all that is necessary for you
Have you ever wondered what engineers do? Engineers answer the question how. How do we get to the moon? How do we cross a river and how do we fly like a bird? Engineers design, create, and innovate. We solve
In order to obtain a PMP certification you must first adhere to the educational requirements. A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500* hours leading and directing projects and
Engineering is the most common undergraduate degree of Fortune 500 CEOs. It has been for some time. Approximately 1/3 of CEOs majored in engineering and only 11% from business school. The Harvard Business Review has a list of the 100
First off, let me say that if you are considering or already enrolled to take the P.E. exam, good for you. It will help your career tremendously. Your potential for advancement will increase and you will find avenues for career
Do you remember the telephone game? In school, you and your classmates try to pick a phrase and “pass it on” by whispering it to the person next to you. Then the phrase is passed from person to person until
How do you prepare for an interview? Do you read typical questions that the employer might ask? Do you practice artful responses? Have you heard of the flow method? The S.O.A.R. Answer Method is helpful for preparing for interview questions
I asked many professionals that hire recent graduates what are the qualities they are looking for. Do you have these qualities?
Use these tips to help your LinkedIn profile get you noticed. Check to make sure all of the information on your profile is up to date.
By Tanmay Sarkar – My first trip to Toastmasters From childhood, I feared public speaking. In school I refused to stand on stage during morning assembly, special occasions, and certainly not to speak. I always feared what my friends and
Are you an engineer trying to get into the aerospace industry? Almost everyone has heard of Nasa and Elon Musk, but without a decent list of all the possibilities within aerospace your going to have a hard time landing a
Are you interested in an internship next summer? The time to start the process is quickly approaching. Just ask my friend Nikita Goswami. Nikita is pursuing her master’s degree in material science at the University of Texas at Arlington. She
Got an interview coming up? Follow these questions and practice your answers to win your next opportunity. 1. Tell me about yourself Give the employer an overview of who you are professionally. You should prepare about a one-minute answer that summarizes your
Is a Professional Engineering License really worth it? Do you actually need it if your employer does not require it? Are the “PE” initials after your name worth the time and effort? I am here to tell you yes, yes, and yes.
What is the feasibility of oxy-fueled combustion versus the standard preheated air and natural gas combustion? The article will determined the use of oxy-fuel combustion for material products such as glass, steel and aluminum. This article will review the current
Stemcast The STEMCAST is a semi-monthly podcast released on Mondays. It is hosted Jess and Elisabeth, two talented engineers. They talk about anything, and everything, on our journeys through engineering! The podcast offers great advice to engineering students, scientists, researchers,
I want everyone to ask yourself “Are you a prisoner of your past or an architect of your future?”
The field of engineering has numerous organizations, which help students connect to a community of experts. Listed below are some such organizations and their membership fees. These organizations can provide valuable experience and great networking opportunities!
What a miserable presentation! Bland statements, a monotone voice, and a poorly organized presentation. I was bored sitting in a room with dozens of engineers and wondering if the fire exit would sound an alarm if I opened it.
If you are still drafting in two dimensions you are missing some important advancements. 3D modeling has changed the way project designs are presented. It is like combining multiple 2D drawings and pasting them together. It has undoubtedly changed the
I recently met an engineer at the ESWP (Engineer Society of Western Pennsylvania) with a LEED Green Assoc. title on his business card. I had no idea what it was. After some research, here is what I found.
One of the most important certifications an engineer can obtain is the Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.) Certificate by passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) Exam. This article will help to answer common questions about obtaining this certificate. What is the F.E.