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 A lot of it is well-meaning but outdated, while other advice exploits job seekers into paying for services.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 (Hint: If the words “pound the pavement” and “gumption” are part of their vocabulary, their advice is probably outdated!)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.
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.