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From: "Ken Finney"
Subject: Re: Questions on EE job market.
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Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 17:41:26 GMT
"mook johnson" wrote in message
> My best advice to you is get into an intern program PRONTO. When you
> graduate the experience from the intern program will help you stand apart
> from the crowd. Also my company like to scoop up people that interned
> then and showed promise.
> Be prepared to do a lot of convincing with little to no experience. Your
> best experience fresh out of college will be you junior and senior level
> labs and projects and internships. Do your best to make every large thing
> you work on to be as professional looking as possible so you can show a
> potential employer you are capable of doing quality work.
> The biggest think college teaches you is not how to do something, but how
> learn how to do something. Once you're able to pick up new things with a
> disciplined approach, nothing is out of your grasp.
> "Jason LaFountain" wrote in message
> > [This followup was posted to sci.electronics.design and a copy was sent
> > to the cited author.]
> > I just started my second year of Electrical Engineering, and was
> > wondering about the job market within the next few years. Most of the
> > reading I've done has shown EE to be one of the more stable professions,
> > with decent pay. I'm not intending to change my major at all, hardware
> > design has always been my type of thing, but I would like some
> > information so I can be best prepared for entering the work force.
> > I have searched through job listings and found that while there seems to
> > be a good demand, however most require several years of experience. I am
> > also considering joining the military for a term of service after I get
> > my degree, would that be the type of experience that most employers look
> > for? It may also be possible to work on a masters degree while in the
> > military. Any information from people with EE history in the military is
> > much appreciated.
> > Jason LaFountain
I second the recommendation on getting a job as an intern. When I was a
new hire, there were several other new hires who had been interns; I
believe how much more "worldly" they were. Regarding the military service,
if you go to work for a military contractor, the military experience will
be a positive, but probably not with other types of employeers. What
companies are looking for is up-to-date technical knowledge and
maturity. I think companies would rather have someone who was in the
military first, then went to college, rather than the opposite, because
technical education would be "old". Back when I was in college, I was
surprised that recruiters were just as interested in my attendance as my
grades, as they viewed this as a mark of "maturity".
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