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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceCareers & EmploymentTechnology · 9 years ago

Engineering student, frightened of future job prospects?

I'm a 20 year old college student majoring in electrical engineering, and I'm scared ****-less by the possibility of not being able to find employment after school. I've got a 3.93 *** gpa and two years to go, but I still feel very worried about my job prospects. Part of it is that I have not had very much luck getting (and keeping) jobs so far. I am very strongly considering the possibility of going after a phd and trying to take the academic route simply because I'm terrified that I won't be able to make it in the private sector.

I don't know, I don't really know anything yet. I know that I want to get involved in the power and energy industry, but again I'm afraid of the process of searching for a job and finding rejection.

Update:

It would probably be helpful to know that I haven't exactly had a great working history so far. I was fired from one job that I had for two years, and since then I haven't been able to maintain steady employment.

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  • 9 years ago
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    You will see engineering at the top of all these lists. Do some internships and work on your own projects on the side. Because when I hired engineers fresh out of college I wanted to see what they did above and beyond what their school asked. So start building a wind turbine to generate power.

    Here is a listing of the average starting & mid-career salaries for most 4 year majors. Note that these stats only apply to people who actually got a job in their field. Many graduates in the lower half of the list never get a job in their field & are not counted.

    The higher they pay, the harder the major & generally the more math they require. Just be aware that high pay does not mean high demand.

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/04/08/pf/college/best_pa...

    The Highest Starting Salaries of 2011:

    http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/pf/jobs/1010/g...

    Most in demand degrees:

    http://www.acinet.org/acinet/oview2.asp?next=oview...

    Hot Jobs 2011

    http://career-advice.monster.ca/job-hunt-strategy/...

    Salaries

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/02/10/pf/college_graduat...

    Look here to find the job prospects for most all occupations in the USA.

    http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco2003.htm

    http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,2...

    But on the bright side, if you have a genuine interest in the field you are pursuing and are willing to throw yourself in it and do anything for it, you will fare better than someone doing something because they can’t think of anything better to do. Those with a real passion for something can move mountains to become successful, but short of that fire you are at a disadvantage.

    Source(s): Me = Electronics Engineer My daughter = PhD student in civil engineering with tons of job offers.
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Have you looked at the prospects for teaching in engineering after the Ph.D. with no work experience?

    First, you need to figure out why you got fired and why you can't keep a job now.

    Once you solve those issues, you need to asking companies you'd like to work for if you can sit down with them and talk about career goals for 20 minutes. No mention of job. You're looking for their advice. Come prepared with intelligent questions.

    Join the national and local professional associations. Read their web sites and magazine. Contribute if you can.

    Get onto LinkedIn and start watching the people who are already doing where you want to be in 5 or 10 years. Pay attention to them.

    Yep, life is going to have lots of rejection but you're going to be so focused, you won't notice that.

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    Source(s): Blog author, http://jobbingo.blogspot.com/
  • 9 years ago

    engineerin's kinda the it thing rite now, why u so scared? the world needs ppl lik u lol

    even if u get rejected, its their loss, nt urs- hav freakkin faith in urself man!

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