If you’ve just thrown that weird hat thing in the air and left your college with a degree in engineering then we have some good news for you - you’ve set yourself up to succeed in an industry that is absolutely booming right now. That means your chances of landing a good job within an engineering firm that is enjoying record levels of growth is more than definitely on the cards. This is amazing, right? You’re all set for an exciting and successful future and there is nothing the universe can do to stop you.
Actually, that isn’t necessarily true because there are two sides to every coin. So while the engineering sector may be having a good time right now, that inevitably means there is a substantial level of competition to overcome. Not only that but, when the economy crashes (and it always crashes at some point), this sector tends to feel the pinch more than most others. Yeah, we’re talking about layoffs.
Why are we telling you all this? Simple: what you do in the first few years of your career is absolutely imperative to your long-term success and the first thing you need to do is stand out from the crowd of yellow hardhat wearing engineers that are all trying to the same as you. This leaves one massive, gaping question you are no doubt dying to answer, what can you do to improve your chances?
Well, we have spoken to a few high-profile engineering professors, as well as some thought leaders within this sector, and these are their top tips. No need to thank us.