Some Things to Watch Out For During Your Engineering Career

By Adam Muir


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 When you are an entry level engineer your first priority, while graduating your major, is to secure internships.  Internships are a key factor in landing work after school. I speak with many Engineer graduates who take non-engineering jobs because they lack the internship experience necessary to acquire positions in their respective fields .  If you are struggling early in your career consider a contract position. Contract positions help to create a foundation of engineering skills that will lead to a more robust career.    


When you work somewhere for a significant length of time, it isn’t uncommon to consider other career opportunities.  When you reach a crossroads in your employment, you need to make a decision: do you stay where you are and build off your experience, thus allowing yourself more time to decide what you really want to do?  Or do you venture out and acquire new skills, with the potential of becoming a “jack of all trades”? While there is no wrong answer, it is important that you collect enough relevant experience on your resume to land lucrative positions.  


Over your career your various job positions add up to define the work you will find. People who show longevity on their resume- three to nine years at one company- typically have an easier time finding work.  It becomes more difficult to find employment opportunities when your resume shows a repetitive pattern of employment for the short term- three to nine months- over a significant length of time. 


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