Career Advice

If you are facing a career change, Engineering Career Services is here to help you reach you goals.

Much of the information in the Student Guide to Employment will be applicable to your situation, in addition to the information below.

Job Search Resources

  1. CyHire – E-mail Engineering Career Services requesting alumni service so you can view job postings.
  2. Federal Government Jobs
  3. State of Iowa Jobs – Iowa Workforce Development; SmartCareerMove.com
  4. ISU Alumni Association
  5. Non-profit and volunteerism
  6. Commercial and advice sitesexperience.commonster.com; careerbuilder.com;
  7. Geographical ideas
    • Newspapers
    • Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce
    • On CyHire sort on locations and ‘cold call’ companies
    • Look up “Engineering” in online yellow pages (switchboard.com, anywho.com)
  8. Professional Organization – Become a member of your major’s professional organization and network
  9. Social Networks – Update social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn) and network with fellow alum and groups associated with your profession
  10. Career Fairs – Attend career fairs and contact career services offices at schools in your area for services

How to Advance in Your Career

  1. Focus on continual learning. You can best position yourself professionally by always seeking learning activities – become active in your professional organization, get further education, and seek advice from more experienced engineers. Constantly take what you learn and apply it in new and practical situations. Through trial and error and taking risks in learning you will continue to grow professionally and be a resource for yourself and your company. Check out our Engineering Online Learning program for more information.
  2. Build and sustain professional networks. With the fabric of workforce talent set to retire in the next 10-15 years, one of the subtle yet crucial pieces that is lost are the professional networks that had been built up over the years. As a young professional, you must be effective in building internal and external connections for company business and for your own knowledge expansion. Within your company, you must constantly practice building strategic relationships that: develop others’ and your own ideas, support personal goals, and facilitate agreement for the betterment of the project, customer needs, or product life cycle.
  3. Take on projects that are challenging. Project management skills are the most highly sought after experiences by companies looking to hire or promote employees. Professionals who can effectively prioritize goals, leverage resources, delegate responsibility, stay focused on timelines and budgets, and work continually in a framework of integrity and customer service are the premium talents that companies cherish.