Myths vs. Facts: Landing a Job in Engineering

MYTH #1:  An Engineer Student’s undergraduate major will determine his/her career options.

Fact: Choosing a major is the first step toward a career in engineering, but it’s not a confining choice. The engineering program allows students to accumulate skills and experiences in mathematics, physics and engineering sciences ensuring they are empowered to enter a number of professional fields and graduate programs. An undergraduate degree also provides engineers with analytical thinking, writing, research, reasoning and presentation skills that are necessary for succeeding in the careers they choose. Additionally, it is important to make use of your school’s resources, be it school clubs, professors, and career services. This will greatly enhance your chances of finding the right career for you. Attending the Maximizing Your Job Search or Internship Search seminar, wouldn’t hurt either.

MYTH #2: An Engineer Student is more marketable if he/she combines many majors and minors.

Fact: Picking several majors and minors could do more harm than good. Too many majors and minors in one program is not only time consuming, but can constrict a student’s flexibility by making them solely geared toward few professions. This can then diminish that candidate’s marketability. There are several electives, research opportunities and internships available for engineering students to take advantage of that can help them diversify their learning and help them realize their interests. Thus, it is important for engineering students to focus on their goals and what kinds of opportunities they’d like to access before embarking on a combined degree program. Additionally, make sure to focus on using Social Media, especially LinkedIn, to setup informational interviews and network for your job search.

MYTH #3: An Engineer Student’s major will serve as their sole focus at school.

Fact: As stated earlier, choosing a major is the first step toward a career in Engineering but it is not a confining choice. During students’ undergraduate years, they can embark on several academic pursuits to diversify their learning. Engineering students can also choose to be a part of various engineering affiliations and school clubs to play out their interests and once again broaden their scope of learning.

MYTH #4: Engineer Students should expect a low paying job after they graduate

Fact: Many people believe that engineering isn’t a lucrative field and that commerce or medicine are fields that get people richer, faster. However, engineers are categorized as professional that are paid well. Check out additional information about this filed here.