Will my kid be able to get a job with a UConn engineering degree?

Last weekend, I had the singular pleasure of coming into work on a Sunday to take part in the School of Engineering’s portions of the Admissions Open House.  All kidding aside, it is fun to meet with prospective students and their parents and talk with them about their hopes, dreams, and goals.  And they always want to know how UConn will help them get a job when they graduate.

The short answer is, yes, of course, UConn Engineering students do very well in the job market (especially if they take my advice).  But the short answer is seldom the whole answer.

This question has been echoed in several recent appointments I’ve had with first and second year students who are “engineering undecided” majors or considering switching majors within the SoE.  “What can I do with XX major over YY major?  What are the jobs?”

This is a bit more nuanced.  Yes, jobs are out there, but it is not always a straight-line-path from school to career.  For every student who follows a traditional engineering path, there’s another who does not.  In the past 18 months, I’ve worked with plenty:  A mechanical engineering student who took a job with a management consulting company; a chemical engineering student who is now working at an aerospace company; a biomedical engineering student who now writes mobile apps for health information management.  Yes, there are jobs.  But no, they’re not only the ones you hear about in ENGR 1000.

The next few weeks will bring lots of action for engineering students seeking jobs and internships.  Browse through the CCD website and HuskyCareerLink, and you’ll see postings, company information sessions, and workshops too numerous to mention here.  The biggest events – Career Fairs – are on the horizon as well.  Most engineering students know that there is an Engineering Career Fair on October 2 in Rome Commons Ballroom – but many don’t realize that there will be 100+ employers over in Gampel at the University Career Fair that same day – and most of them would LOVE to hire engineering students, too.  Make sure you don’t limit yourself, and be sure to visit both sites that day.

Not sure where to start?  Drop in and see me on Wednesday, September 24 in ITEB 336 between 12 and 1 for our first “Engineering Career Meetup” for informal discussion of, well, whatever’s on you mind.  Maybe go to one of the career fair prep workshops next week as well.  Ultimately, however, it will be up to you to seek out information, to do your career homework, and map out your own path.  And all of us at CCD are here to help.

By John Bau
John Bau Career Consultant, School of Engineering John Bau