What You're Not Taught in Engineering School
Updated: May 4, 2021
After a number of career fairs and recruiting events, I've begun to recognize some patterns. If you are a graduating or entry level engineer, listen. Most of this is not your fault. Unless you grew up in a family of engineers, universities let you just fumble through learning these things along the way.
Here are things I see young engineering candidates consistently challenged by:
Basic conversation skills
Preparing for an interview, no matter how informal, by researching the company first
Understanding of the *type of job opportunities available for someone with their degree and the lifestyle implications of those jobs
A resume that fits on 1 page
A resume that showcases action and that showcases how the person acquired and applied specific technical knowledge
Understanding what a mentor is and how to find one
Making a good impression via phone call or teleconference interview ('rona times y'all)
I don't like to see the underdogs fumble; I want to help. I've been creating a course to address these specific points. And because people retain more when it's live and when they work with a cohort, that's how I plan to facilitate it. If you or someone you know would be interested in such a course, drop me a line here.
In the meantime, here are some free resources I made for young engineers:
Video: Engineer resumes I liked