How would you maximize future job opportunities if you were currently a Materials Science and Engineering student?
Looking back on the past four years, a few recommendations came to mind:
🔹 Conduct research in fields that you’re interested in
🔹 Learn hands-on skills in materials testing and materials characterization
🔹 Consider pursuing an advanced degree, as this opens up more options and differentiates you from other candidates
🔹 Learn CAD (Computer-Aided Design) if you’re interested in design engineering
🔹 If you can get an internship or co-op during college, that is a significant boost!
🔹 Pursue Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) or work at a national lab
🔹 Step into leadership positions in student organizations--companies want to see that you have soft skills to complement your technical skills
🔹 Arrange informational interviews and build strong relationships--your network is essential!
🔹 Side projects can show recruiters you’re a lifelong learner
What would you add? What else do recruiters look for in recent graduates?