Category Archives: Advice

This is Terrible Advice

The Internet abounds with terrible job advice. A lot of it is well-meaning but outdated, while other advice exploits job seekers into paying for services. Some of it filters down to people we trust, who repeat it. College career offices, for example, often employ advisers from academia who have limited industry experience. Read on to learn how to spot bad advice and run the other way.

Here is some bad advice that often comes from career services offices. Read it here.

Another terrible maxim that’s been bandied about for years to unsuspecting kids is “find your passion and follow it.” Here’s why that doesn’t work.

Bonus: Here is terrible advice from your parents that you should disregard. (Hint: If the words “pound the pavement” and “gumption” are part of their vocabulary, their advice is probably outdated!) Read it here. And here. And here. And here. Aaaand here.

Tips for New Undergrads

…and others who just want to get the most out of their engineering school experience. Here are 21 things engineering students wished they knew when they started university.

Tips include: Remember to socialize; learn all that you can, even if you won’t ever use it;  don’t limit yourself to learning engineering–and a big one–If you’re not having fun, you’re in the wrong place!

All of it is good life advice, with a smattering of professional advice sprinkled in. Read more here.