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From: email@example.com (N. Thornton)
Subject: Re: Electrical Engineering degree --> tech career
Date: 28 Sep 2002 08:42:45 -0700
References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <3D9462BC.AF5CEACE@niobiumfive.co.uk>
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The Technical Manager wrote in message news:<3D9462BC.AF5CEACE@niobiumfive.co.uk>...
> "N. Thornton" wrote:
> > damnisux@_nospam-yahoo.com (Damn) wrote in message news:<email@example.com>...
> > > 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 ?
Of course. I dont think there's any contradiction between what we say
> I have been informed that companies nowadays are looking more for applicants
> with relevant industrial experience...
Course, but most new graduates have none, and will be employed without
it. So the yearning companies have for inductrial experience doesn't
stop the inexperienced. It just keeps them out of the majority of
posts on offer.
> 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.
All I can say there is IME the garden shed dabblers have way more
understanding of the subject than those who treat it just as an
academic career. If I were hiring I'd take the dabbler any day. It is
the dabblers who become the real experts. It amazed me when I first
discovered that the majorioty of graduates didn't have a clue how to
design much IRL... despite being supposedly qualified to do so. The
dabblers can do it of course.
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