If you’re graduating soon, the prospect of that first job can be both terrifying and wonderful. Filtering through all of the electrical engineering jobs out there to find something that fits is no easy task. However, there are a few first steps you can take to make the transition from college to your first electrical engineering job much more manageable. Whether you graduate this spring or next year, these tips will help you get started on the right foot in your engineering career.
Getting Started with Electrical Engineering Jobs
Do your research. The earlier you start researching electrical engineering jobs while in college, the better. If you know the region or city where you want to live and work, learn everything you can about the industry there and what kinds of projects the biggest companies are working on. On that note, do your research on the top engineering firms to find out what kind of candidates they might be looking for.
Find a mentor. Whether through your internship or within your college department, it’s a good idea to have a mentor. You want someone who understands the electrical engineering field enough to provide valuable guidance during this transition time. A mentor is someone who can be there for you now and in the future. Once you find that amazing mentor, be sure you stay in touch with them!
Study up. Doing well in your classes goes without saying. However, it pays to go above and beyond. The engineering field is growing, and so is the competition. Take extra courses if your workload allows it. Join campus engineering groups and take advantage of your internship and learn everything you can. Also, if you find yourself still looking for an electrical engineering job after you’ve graduated, keep up on your studies. Work on your own little projects, attend seminars and be sure you’re on top of it.
Know your strengths and weaknesses. We all know (and likely, hate) this part of the interviewing process, but it’s there for a reason. Besides what you have on your resume, look into what skills you could fine tune. Also, look for areas where you might be weak. Whether it’s a particular concept or coding, take the steps necessary to make sure you’re a well-rounded electrical engineering candidate.
Work on communication. Communication is an essential skill in any workplace setting. Engineers might think they can get away without having to communicate much, but that is far from reality. You will likely spend a significant part of your job communicating to your coworkers, superiors, and even clients. Practice interviewing at your college in the career center. If public speaking isn’t your thing, maybe it’s time to take a public speaking class. You get the idea. Make sure you’re prepared for the workplace!
If you’re looking at the Twin Cities for your first electrical engineering job, consider Gausman & Moore. We’re a full-service mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm, and our headquarters is located in Roseville, MN. At this time we’re hiring qualified electrical engineers. Check it out!