Shane Choi is a mechanical engineering and trumpet performance student at Northwestern University. He combined his passions for music and building things by making interactive lamps from antique brass instruments while on break from school.
“‘It was a massive learning curve,’ Choi admitted.”
Well, summer is finally here–time to relax, kick your feet up, and catch up on some video games, right? Maybe not–or maybe just in moderation. What puts a lot of engineering job candidates over the edge these days is not what they majored in or their grades, but instead what they did in their free time. Taking on a personal summer project related to your field of study is a great way to branch out, learn something new, and show that you are passionate about your field!
This article from eetimes.com is a little dated (from way back in 2016, y’all!) and is geared toward electrical engineers–but it has some cool ideas of things you can do in your off-time to put you ahead of the curve when it comes to school next year, and, eventually, getting your dream job! Use these just as jumping-off points and let your imagination soar! Read it here.
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.
“Study hard, earn good grades and career success will follow. Actually, a new study finds that this common advice given to college students isn’t true.” According to an article at Inside Higher Ed, women in STEM fields face a steep consequence for being, well, too good. When everyone tells them to be perfect and their projects must always be twice as good to get attention, how can women overcome this new curve ball? Read it here.