Engineering, providing endless possibilities
Although it may boil down to design, creativity and problem solving, engineering is one of the broadest disciplines known to man. Engineering helps shape the world around us, and each field within the discipline is unique in terms of required knowledge, types of application and career opportunities. Despite the dissimilar areas within engineering, here are five tips to a successful future that every engineering student should know.
- Take a business course or get involved in entrepreneurship
Although business and engineering are two completely different areas of study, more and more engineers are beginning to start their own businesses. It may not seem like a common occurrence; however, results from a 2012 survey show that an engineer is more likely to start their own business than someone with a Master of Business Administration degree. Having some background in business administration will create more opportunities for engineering students after graduation. The University of Wyoming has a variety of entrepreneurship programs including a major and minor as well as electives open to all students. For more information about entrepreneurship opportunities at UW, click here.
- Never stop learning
As an engineering student, it’s important to understand that your education will not stop after the completion of your four-year degree. Each field within the engineering discipline is constantly changing with new technologies and developments. For engineers, continuous research and learning is the key to a successful career. For learning opportunities outside of the classroom, consider joining one of UW’s College of Engineering and Applied Science student organizations.
- Land an internship
Engineering employers value experience more than any other attribute during the hiring process. The job market is competitive and employers see an experienced job candidate as a wise investment for the company. Additionally, graduates with valuable internship experience may have more control over their future with multiple job opportunities and negotiable salaries. Although engineering internships may seem hard to find, UW helps connect students with valuable internship opportunities. The CEAS always has an updated list of recent jobs and internships as well as resources for creating a resume and preparing for a job interview.
- Build your portfolio
In addition to valuable internship experience, engineering employers look for relevant work samples. Building a portfolio with projects from inside and outside of the classroom will show employers your ability to effectively apply knowledge to create and problem solve. An extensive portfolio with relevant experience will make you stand out among other job candidates. UW offers a variety of programs that support undergraduate research. Seniors can also participate in the Senior Design Symposium.
- Take the FE Exam
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is intended for recent college graduates or students who are approaching graduation. To obtain a Professional Engineer (PE) license, one must pass the FE exam before completing four years of progressive work experience and taking the Principals and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. For more information about the FE exam, click here.