This podcast is the fourth of six special Q&A Series which airs every first Friday of the month in addition to our regular episodes through May 2016. My co-host Chris Knutson, PE and I answer more questions from our listeners asking for engineering career advice.
Here are the summary of the questions and answers we’ve discussed in this session:
I have some interest in computer science, but I am wondering if minoring in computer science would be taking a completely different path than Chemical Engineering. – Zane from Alabama
- Doing something else other than engineering can help you use your right brain and be exposed to other ideas
- Communication or business courses can add to your technical engineering knowledge
- Learn and understand contracts and law
- Expand the number of opportunities that you could have in your career
- Consider what kind of work is most enjoyable for you
When I encounter a difficult piece of a homework or exam problem, how do I keep calm and maintain concentration on the problem? – Ron from Washington
Use whatever you can to keep you focused like the following:
- Pomodoro technique
- Eliminate distractions
- Try the concept of Two Minutes
- Do physical training before you start work
- Go for a walk and get some fresh air
What exams do I have to take as a foreigner graduated to get USA license? – Mark from New Jersey
Contact your state board for engineering and land survey and ask them how they evaluate that or what their requirements are (different processes for different states). You can also visit NCEES.org.
I’m interested in potentially signing on with a multinational corporation, is this a bad idea to pursue as a potentially fresh EIT upon graduation, or is it better to stick around the US and earn a PE before looking elsewhere in the world? – Joe from College Park, Texas
- Get experience and your professional engineering license right away and then build up from there
- If the company doesn’t have US engineers that have PE license whom you can have as references, it will be a challenge for you when you apply for the PE exam
Would it benefit me to find an engineering job and then apply to graduate school? – Edwin from Denver
- Yes, find an engineering job before going to graduate engineering school because it involves a lot of money and time
- Find opportunities you can create with this graduate degree
- Make sure you know what you will be doing at the back end of this career
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
In the Take Action Today segment of the show, we give you some tips that can help you make these important career decisions.
Resources and links mentioned in this session include:
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success