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How many engineering disciplines can you name?
UCSB educates students in five key areas: chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. However, there are over 50 other engineering disciplines to discover including aerospace, automotive, biochemical, civil, environmental, geotechnical, industrial, manufacturing, nanotechnology, nuclear, petroleum, security, telecommunications, and traffic engineering. All areas overlap with basic engineering knowledge and skills.
Learn how you can pursue your discipline or pivot your UCSB education into the area of your choice through a career path in Engineering + Technology.
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For complete information on job search strategies, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, interviews, and more, review our starter tips to Get Hired in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.
When searching for a job or internship, most students turn to the internet and online job searching. While this is a common job search strategy, it definitely is not the only one. When you choose to job search online, you are choosing to put yourself in competition with every other engineering student that believes that is the only way to get a job. Therefore, it is important to know of the other methods.
Connect With Professionals
Initiate your job search early (before you need or want a position) by creating targeted connections. Intentionally connect with your classmates, upperclassmen, your professors, recruiters that come to campus, and alumni, and maintain those relationships.. When you are ready to look for an internship or job, let those connections know and see how they are able to help.
A great way to start making targeted connections is by attending events such as information sessions, panels with special guests, and workshops. View upcoming events on Handshake or receive a weekly digest of upcoming events by subscribing to the Engineering & Technology newsletter. While attending these events, be intentional by identifying your personal strategy and what you hope to gain from your attendance. Attendance by itself will not advance your career goals.
Resumes and Cover Letters
With almost any application, you will need to submit a resume. Start with creating your resume with a solid foundation. Then, adjust it to highlight your engineering experience, including relevant courses, academic and personal projects, research, and internships.
Do not forget about cover letters. You may feel that your writing skills are not your strong suit, however cover letters provide an opportunity to directly connect your skills and experience to the position. When you only submit a resume, you are leaving it to the employer to make those connections. Utilize your cover letter to elaborate to the employer why you are sincerely interested in that company and position, and how you are a good fit for that role.
You should always prepare for interviews; whether you have excellent communication skills or not, it is essential! Review your resume to become well-versed in your experience and knowledge. You should be able to answer any question regarding any content on your resume. When discussing projects, be sure to discuss your responsibilities, not just what your team accomplished. Review relevant knowledge from your courses to discuss what topics you have learned.
Technical interviews are most common for positions related to computer science. These can be assigned as homework to complete and send back to the employer. They can also be live, either virtual or in-person with the interviewer. In either format, employers are assessing your coding skills. Here are some starter tips for technical interviews:
- Practice. Technical interviews often ask basic algorithm questions that you may not have practiced for a while. Interviewing.io, Pramp, and Interviewbit are important websites to help you practice.
- Ask questions. If anything is unclear, it is okay to ask about it. This shows that you are not afraid to ask for additional information or help.
- Talk through your process. Letting your interviewer know what is going on in your head and why you are solving the problem in a certain way provides an inside look into how you think. It also gives them an opportunity to correct you if you are headed down the wrong path.
- Be flexible. Some interviewers may have you talk through the problem, work on a computer, or write it out on a whiteboard. Be adaptable to different mediums.
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