Posted by Anthony G.:
to this posting on the Mentor Board]
I see alot [sic] of job offerings in the various branches of EE lately,
which is really nice to see. But I don't see any entry-level BSEE
jobs being offered. Right now I have about a year to go before I get my
BSEE. Any suggestions on where/how I am supposed to get that 2-3 years
or 5-10 years experience? What I'm looking for are ideas/suggestions on
how and where to "get my foot in the door" in EE.
I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions.
A mentor replies:
to this reply on the Mentor Board]
Well, we've all been there at some point, and somehow we all got hired.
Newspapers rarely carry entry-level job positions, but they are there.
The best method is to be friends with several upper-classmates, and keep
in touch after they graduate. Also, companies recruit on-campus, but that's
a hit-or-miss situation as to which companies visit your particular school.
Still, your college should have contacts and help for this.
In the meantime, be a TA if your school allows undergrads to do this.
Try to get an engineering internship. Work on a special project with a
professor sometimes they have ongoing projects that last for
years. Do a senior project and make sure it's worthwhile. And spend time
on your resume, making sure it looks nice (even in ASCII for e-mailing),
use proper grammar and especially don't overlook the spelling! (BTW, "a
lot" is two words.)
I did all of the above except the internship, and I managed to get a
job in the engineering hiring slump of the early 90's, so don't sweat it.
Oh yes, it's true what they say after the first job, nobody
cares what your GPA was. Anything above 3.0 (out of 4.0) is fine, unless
you want to get in a snooty company like EDS.
Rob, SW Eng., 8 years