Start with experience
Starting with experience may sound strange when discussing an entry-level job, but engineering firms increasingly want to hire graduates who have some experience. New graduates who have completed one or more internships, or who have related experience, are more likely to be hired for an entry-level engineering job than graduates without internship or professional experience. Those who have some type of experience are also likely to receive a higher starting salary and may be able to advance faster in their career.
Develop communication skills
The ability to communicate effectively is increasingly important in many industries. Entry-level engineering jobs may require regular communication with co-workers, professionals at other firms, and customers. Being able to speak and write clearly, concisely, and effectively improves your chances of being hired in the first place, and will also allow you to succeed in the business world. Communication skills can be learned and developed like any other skill, so be sure to work on your communication skills if needed.
Never stop learning
The world’s collection of knowledge is continually growing, and at a faster rate as time passes. The material you learn in college is only a starting point for what you need to know for a successful engineering career. The more you know, the more valuable you are to your employer and the more opportunity you will have to advance.
Learn to network
Networking can be essential for finding entry-level engineering jobs, but it is also important for success in your career. New engineering graduates may have mostly the same academic experience, but networking can set you apart. Effective networking can help you get things done at work, and can also open up new opportunities in the future when you are ready to make a job change.
FirstJob matches recent engineering graduates with entry-level engineering jobs and internship opportunities. You can read more tips for career success at the FirstJob blog.