One way to get information to help you make a decision regarding major and/or career is to find a summer internship or co-op working with engineers. Such experiences help you determine what work you enjoy, learn more about what engineers do, and explore different companies. Go to Career Day and start talking to companies (see the September blog “Career Day“).
Ms. Erin Zimmer: How to get hired, stay hired, and win in Corporate America – September 15, 6:30pm, MUB Ballroom BSaturday, September 10th, 2011
Ms. Erin Zimmer, Michigan Tech alumna, will give students tips from her recruiting and professional experiences. Topics will include:
- Approaching and speaking to recruiters
- Obtaining an interview
- Interviewing advice
- Sample interview questions
During fall semester, all academic advisors meet with first-year students to go over the requirements for the department, scheduling, and degree options. Students who are undecided (General Engineering) about which engineering discipline they want to pursue should attend the meeting with Engineering Fundamentals. These students are also welcome to attend any department meeting (see list below).
- Biomedical: 10/12/2011, 6pm, 641 DOW
- Chemical: 10/10/2011, 6pm, 102 Chem Sci
- Civil: during CE1000, 10/10/2011, 2pm, U115 M&M
- Environmental: during ENVE1501, 10/11/2011, 2pm, 101 Chem Sci, other students by appointment, e-mail Ms. Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science: 10/11/2010, 6pm, 641 DOW
- Electrical & Computer: ECE will schedule your appointment and notify you via e-mail, 131 EERC
- Geological: during GE1100, 10/12/2011, 4pm, 320 Dillman, other students by appointment, e-mail Dr. Gierke (email@example.com)
- Materials: please schedule an appointment with Ms. Kramer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mechanical: 10/10/2011, 5:00pm, 112 MEEM
It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2011 Fall Career Fair. For details: www.career.mtu.edu/general/calendar.php:
- Resume Blitz: MUB Commons, September 6, 7, 13, and 15, 11am-2pm
- Career Development Conference: MUB Ballrooms, September 8 and 14, 11am-3pm.
- Benefits of a Co-op or Internship: EERC 103, September 21, 6pm
- Fall Career Fair: SDC, September 27, noon – 6pm
There are many factors that go into choosing a career/major. Here are some steps to help:
- Complete MyPlan on the Career Services web page (see details below).
- Meet with Career Services to review MyPlan results.
- Talk with engineers (parents, friends, home/local companies, etc.).
- Talk to prospective department advisor.
Engineering Advisors Contact Information
- Biomedical Engineering: Mr. Michael LaBeau, email@example.com
- Chemical: Ms. Katie Torrey and Mr. David Zei, both use 202M ChemSci, 487-4327 or Dr. Faith Morrison, 304B ChemSci, 487-2050, for all use firstname.lastname@example.org
- Civil and Environmental: Ms. Julie Ross, 103 Dillman, email@example.com, 487-3410
- Computer and Electrical: Ms. Judy Donahue, 131 EERC, firstname.lastname@example.org, 487-2232
- General/Undecided Engineering and BS in Engineering: Ms. Amy Monte and Dr. AJ Hamlin, 112C Dillman, email@example.com, 487-3057
- Geological: Dr. John Gierke, 405 DOW, firstname.lastname@example.org, 487-2535
- Materials: Ms. Ruth Kramer, U101 M&M, email@example.com, 487-3375
- Mechanical: Ms. Danise Jarvey, 205A MEEM, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Ryan Towles, 204 MEEM, email@example.com, for both use 487-2564
As you plan your college career, think about what employers like to see on a resume.
- Education: major, minor, and/or certification
- Work experience: general employment, summer internship, and co-op
- Special experience: study abroad (see the January blog “Looking Ahead“.) and examples of leadership
- Service activities: volunteer efforts at any level
Work experience can come in many forms: general employment, summer internship, or co-op and each has many aspects that interest employers. Any type of employment can demonstrate reliability, dedication, independence, maturity, and team work. Summer internships may or may not include engineering experience, but co-op positions almost always do. Generally, a co-op student works on site for a company on an engineering project while receiving guidance/mentorship from a supervising engineer. Students who participate in a co-op experience are typically paid by the company. In addition, the student earns college credit while retaining full-time enrollment status at Michigan Tech.
Special Activities and Service
As people prepare their resumes, they usually think of listing college major, GPA, and work experience, but extra-curricular activities should not be forgotten. Employers are looking for students who are well rounded and service, leadership, and international experience are important. This experience can be obtained through athletic, professional, academic, and social organizations. If your resume needs some of this type of experience, it is important to get involved early. Start checking out organizations now and plan to join this spring or next fall.
Many students find courses outside their major that are of great interest to them. One way to receive formal recognition for taking such extra courses is by meeting the requirements for a minor or a certificate. Each option has a set of rules for meeting those requirements.
The purpose of a minor is to officially recognize a student who takes a prescribed set of courses in a discipline outside their major. To earn a minor, a student must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in minor courses.
- Minimum of six credits must be 3000-level or higher and not used for degree (other than as free electives).
- Minimum of six credits of the 3000 level or higher minor-required courses at Michigan Tech.
- May not be completed after receiving a bachelor’s degree.
- May not be earned with the same title as the student’s major or major concentration for the student’s bachelor’s degree.
Having a graduation plan can help you accomplish your goals while at college. This is a semester-by-semester layout of your classes from now until graduation. An effective graduation plan details planned courses for each semester and takes into consideration plans for co-op and/or studying abroad as well as plans for an optimal course load. As you develop your plan, think about the following:
- The semester(s) that courses are offered
- Credits/course load with which you are comfortable
- Co-op opportunities
- Study abroad programs
- Minors or certifications that compliment your major
- Summer classes
- Electives (i.e., technical, HASS, free) you plan to take
- Volunteer and extra-curricular activities
Your graduation plan will help ensure that you are taking what you need to graduate – without last minute surprises. Your plan should be flexible and should be reviewed/updated each semester. Once you have established your plan, you may want to meet with your advisor to go over any questions. To start your own graduation plan, download the spreadsheet found at the Graduation Plan link on: www.geneng.mtu.edu/advising.html.