“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?
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”.
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 often do not know how to obtain contacts in the engineering industry. So how do you network for an engineering job? Networking Networking can be intimidating—and to some, debilitating. It doesn’t matter… Read More