Celebrating 75 Years - College of Science and Engineering
October 19, 2010
According to the NACE 2010 Job Outlook, 75% of employers prefer related experience when hiring college graduates. Here are a few tips you can use to acquire such experience.
- Use GoldPASS (http://goldpass.umn.edu), the University of MN Job, Internship, and Volunteer database, to help you find related experience. Post your resume, search the employer directory, register for career events, and apply for jobs, internships, and co-ops through GoldPASS. There are over 13,000 active organizations registered on GoldPASS.
- Internships are a great way to gain experience in a specific field, learn more about a company, apply knowledge gained in the classroom, learn new skills, and network with professionals.
- The majority of CSE internships are done in the summer and are often full-time paid positions. For more information about how to find an internship, see the Internship and Job Search handout. To begin applying for internships, visit our job and internship database called GoldPASS.
- A co-op provides the opportunity to work full-time (and get paid) while alternating semesters of coursework. The benefit of doing a co-op is that when you graduate you will be leaving with almost a full year of meaningful engineering work experience. For more information about co-ops contact your department.
- Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering students can find more information about co-ops at: http://www.me.umn.edu/education/co.shtml.
- Conducting research is an excellent way to deepen your knowledge of a certain subject, gain field related experience, learn valuable investigative skills, and network with a professor. There are several opportunities to gain such experience. These include volunteering in a research lab, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), or Directed Research. For more information about research opportunities, please visit your department and http://www.research.umn.edu.
- Getting involved with a student organization is an excellent way to gain leadership skills and related experience. According to the NACE 2010 Job Outlook, employers rank leadership skills as the most influencial attribute when deciding between two equally qualified candidates.
- Some student organizations offer the opportunity to work on technical projects, including the Solar Vehicle Project, Formula One Car Project, Engineers Without Borders, Steel Bridge Project, Concrete Canoe Project, and much more.
- For more information about on finding student organizations you may be interested in, please visit: http://www.cse.umn.edu/beyondclassroom/.
If you are looking to begin your journey in building related work experience, stop by the Career Center for Science and Engineering, located in 50 Lind Hall, for additional help and resources.