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Published On: Mon, Aug 29th, 2016

Tips for Success for Engineering Students

Engineering is one of the most popular areas of study in the United States, according to a UCLA study, one third of freshmen plan to major in science and engineering meaning competition is pretty high. If you are an engineering student then it is important that you go above and beyond to not only ensure that you can achieve the best grades possible, but also that you put yourself in a strong position to compete for jobs upon your qualifications. To help you stand out here are some of the things that you should be doing more of.

Seek Inspiration

It is important that you look at the World’s most successful engineers, learn all that you can about them, what made or makes them tick, how did they conceive their ideas and what were they trying to achieve in doing so. there are fantastically inspirational engineers out there, people like Anura Leslie Perera who has operated for years across the construction, ship building and aerospace industries with outstanding success, these are the people you should be looking to emulate. Allowing yourself to be inspired by these people will give you a broader way of thinking about engineering and inspire you to be more creative.

Good Idea on a chalkboard photo/ Michael Jarmoluk via pixabay.com

Good Idea on a chalkboard photo/ Michael Jarmoluk via pixabay.com

Add Strings to Your Bow

Being an expert in engineering is what you are aiming for but you shouldn’t let that be your only skill, you need to look to add different areas of expertise. Consider taking business class or improving your leadership skills, attributes like these are what can set you apart from the rest of field when it comes to getting a job. Remember that the competition will have many similar skills as you when it comes to engineering so adding additional areas of expertise can help you to be successful.

Utilize Free Time

Whether it is the holidays during the summer or evenings after your studies, you should make use of your free time to improve your knowledge. You should be seeking out internship opportunities where you can learn on-the-job, it is important that you build up a large portfolio of activities and projects, interning is a great way of doing this. You should also always be on the lookout for side projects to get involved with, either alone or with some of your fellow students. When the time comes to look for a job, prospective employers will look very favorably on you if you can display this kind of dedication to your industry.

Constantly Self Analyze

To ensure that you will become the best engineer that you can be it is important to constantly analyze your skills and more importantly, your weaknesses. You can seek advice from teachers or fellow students, ask them their opinion on your skills as an engineer and which areas of your studies you should be working on improving. It is crucial that you are aware of your lesser strengths so that you can work on them, it is also important that you maintain the strengths that you have, a regular self-evaluation will help you to stay on track.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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