What Engineering & Science Students Need In Summer Jobs
Summer Jobs are Important to a career
Today is the first day of spring and engineering & science students should be at the height of their search for summer jobs. To help these students to find the best opportunities. Here are some tips on what students should seek in their summer jobs search:
A Chance to Apply Technical Skills: One of the biggest turnoffs of summer jobs is when employers have interns spend days and days organizing the file room. Ask the employer if you will get a chance to technical work especially if allows a chance to work on the latest software. Computer skills are high on an employer's list when they are looking to hire new grads.Summer jobs can enhance your knowledge and skills.
See "Real World" Application: Some civil engineering students have told me that they don't like getting dirty. Here my answer to them: The more you learn in the dirt, the better the design in the office. Some concepts are better understood if you see them put together in the field. The same concept applies to science majors. Sometimes the lab does not always mimic real life. If the employers is not going to offer a chance to see some real world work it may not be the right opportunity.
Learn Project Management Skills: Every engineering & science project is done according to a budget and timeline. Engineering & science students should look for opportunities to understand the role of project management in their chosen career field.
Opportunities to Network: Believe it or not, summer jobs are great networking opportunities for future employment. There are thousands of stories of students landing good jobs because of their performance on summer jobs. Plus, the quality of the summer jobs on your resume can have an influence on a hiring manager's decision.
When Should Engineering & Science Students Start Looking for Summer Jobs?
The best time to start is looking for summer jobs is the fall semester before the summer. I know some people will not agree but here is my rationale. It is always a good idea to start building your network early because forward thinking employers make the time to visit college campuses throughout the year and talk to professors about promising students. If you want to get ahead in the career game it is best to strike early, strike hard and strike often. Thanks for reading
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I was on Linked In this morning and read a nice article "5 Reasons Why Recruiters Are Not Calling You" . It was a good article that centered around mistakes many job seekers make on resumes that may be a red flag for recruiters. It also contained some good advice and promoted the Career Coach's resume writing business. Most articles about recruiters portray us as a negative force in the job market hated by employers and job seekers alike. I thank Deborah Walker for not beating that dead subject again. Anyway, back to the main point of this article.
Other Reasons Why Recruiters Don't Call
There are many more reasons why recruiters, like myself, would not call a job seeker. Let me share some of them:
Weak Industry Networking Relationships: One of the downsides of social media is people do not create as many face to face personal relationships anymore. Your network of friends should know you well enough to refer recruiters to you on a regular basis. If your network of friends are not talking about you then it may be harder to get attention from recruiters.
Embellished Resumes: The old adage says "If it is too good to be true, it probably is" . If the language in your resume reads like a advertising piece, recruiters may pass it over. The same is true for poorly written resumes. Make sure your resume is well written and believable before you send it out.
Some Job Seekers Use "Shotgun" Approach to Get Attention: Recruiters understand that job seekers want to find a job as quickly as possible. However, some job seekers believe that applying to every job and broadcasting their resume to every recruiter e-mail address is going to draw attention from recruiters. A word of advice – Be specific to where and to whom you send your resume. You may get a better response.
Build a Relationship With a Recruiter Before You Need A Job: "Its not always what you know but who you know" The last recession flooded the market with job seekers all vying for a few jobs. If you know that your company or industry is in trouble, it is a good idea to build relationships with recruiters before you need a job. Recruiters are in the business of matching the skills of candidates to specific positions. The better they know your background, the better the chance of a phone call.
Recruiters Are People Too
Unfortunately, some job seekers and employers have had bad experiences with recruiters through wrong expectations or unethical practices. We, like everyone else, are imperfect and fallible, Just because a recruiter does not call you or return your overtures.does not mean they are against you. Most recruiters are working positions with very specific requirements set by the employer. If your skills do not match, a phone call may not come. The best strategy to find a job is to network and develop multiple sources of leads.
Engineering touches every aspect of our lives. Yet most of us are not consciously aware of the contributions engineering professionals have made to make our daily lives a little easier. Think about these examples of engineering: Your cell phone. Your home. The water you drink. Your car. The highway , traffic lights and bridges. All of these are examples of engineering that touch our lives every day. Now I want to invite you to take another step: Use Engineers Week to Introduce your child to engineering. Why should you?
Engineering Disciplines Are Among the Fastest Growing and Well Paid Professions
"At an average starting salary of $70,400, computer engineering was the highest-paid major in 2012. Other engineering majors that were among the top 10 were chemical engineering, ($66,400, second), aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering ($64,000, fourth), mechanical engineering ($62,900, fifth), electrical/electronics and communications engineering ($62,300, sixth), and civil engineering ($57,600, seventh). "
If you search through many of the open positions on major job boards you will see a large number of engineering positions. One major issue that parents have with introducing their children to science and math based professions is : "How can I share this information with my child if I am not good in math and science myself?"
How Engineers Week Can Help You Introduce Your Child To The Engineering Profession.
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Environmental Professionals Are in High Demand
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Ability to coordinate preparations of marketing plans, capture plans, SOQ’s, and proposals cross all west coast offices and operating units of the firm
Orchestrate strategic alliances with potential partners and Mentor/Protege firms
Oversee project execution, service delivery and technical production of project managers and staff
Work closely with company leadership on strategic business initiatives focused on federal clients
Knowledge of environmental regulations pertaining to federal programs