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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Electrical Engineering degree --> tech career
References: <email@example.com> <3D9462BC.AF5CEACE@niobiumfive.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 14:51:28 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 07:51:28 PDT
The Technical Manager wrote:
> "N. Thornton" wrote:
> > damnisux@_nospam-yahoo.com (Damn) wrote in message news:<firstname.lastname@example.org>...
> > > My nephew just graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree and has
> > > not been able to find a good job. One of those no experience deals.
> > > Also I saw his grades and they weren't that great. I was wondering if
> > > he was to look for maybe an electronics technician job, would or
> > > should he go and take classes specializing in like a technician
> > > associates degree? I was thinking hopefully it would get him some
> > > handson experience and maybe lead to work in an electronics lab/test
> > > environment. Thoughts?
> > Mmmm. Its not just grades and work experience people hire on, I would
> > always ask rejectors politely why the rejection: then you will soon
> > know what to address.
> > If he graduated as an EE then he most likely does have the potential
> > to work as an EE, but there is some obstacle in the way. Opting to be
> > a technician I dont expect would resolve that, and would make it more
> > than hard to ever be employed as an EE in future. I would locate and
> > attack the problem myself.
> > Practice building things might not be amiss too, may improve the CV by
> > showing practical ability and interest. BTW every EE in work today was
> > hired when they had no work experience. So I dont think thats it.
> Are you serious ? I have been informed that companies nowadays are looking more for applicants
> with relevant industrial experience and a `rounded' set of qualifications and interests rather
> than those who are garden shed dabblers in electronics or were active electronics hobbyists
> since childhood building satellite tranceivers whilst still at high school.
The OP is in the US. New York probably. You are in the UK it would seem.
There are differences in attitude across the pond. Moreover, a lot
depends on what you mean by "`rounded' set of qualifications and
interests." The Renaissance ended quite a few years ago.
In any event, a new grad does not hit the ground running. Not even a 5.0
GPA from MIT does that. Before an engineer can walk on water, he has to
get his feet wet. That's not my rule. It is just the way it works.
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons email@example.com
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