Why does LinkedIn Matter? LinkedIn is the largest network of professionals on the web. What makes it great for business and career networking is the ability to leverage the people you already know to exponentially expand your network of potential career and business contacts.
In part one of our series on How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile we went over how to fill out your profile, what section is particularly relevant to engineers, how and why to add your basic job skill functions, and more. This installment will cover the next steps; including LinkedIn profile best practices, adding connections and tips for requesting skill and expertise endorsements.
Whether you graduated years ago and just need to come up to speed on things you've forgotten or need to catch up on what you missed after nodding out in ChemE class, here's a list of 21 free online Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering-specific resources.
We recently polled a group of engineers and engineer hopefuls on their dream jobs in engineering. Though our methods were by no means scientific (if you're looking for statistical significance you should definitely not click this), our findings did reveal creative passion, inspiring confidence in the future of engineering, and overall were not as disturbing as we thought they would be.
3D printing is a much-hyped technology, with applications ranging from manufactured organs to home production of Print-On-Demand consumer goods purchased over the Internet. Speculation is endlessly entertaining, but setting up shop in an emerging industry takes an engineer. Ed Hebel of Free Thought Designs walks us through why and how he became a 3D printing entrepreneur.
When it comes to eye-opening pranks, hacks, and stunts, no one can equal a team of determined engineering students. If you're looking for inspiration – speaking strictly hypothetically, of course – or want to sit back and marvel at what your fellow engineers can accomplish, here seven of the most widely admired engineering pranks of the last seventy years.
Everyone wants a hoverboard, and anyone who says they don't is lying.
The theoretical underpinnings are nearly a century old, and the first solid-state lasers date to the 1950s. Sixty years later, why can't I buy a laser pistol at Walmart?
Graphene reveals new, revolutionary properties on a monthly basis. Over the last decade, this wonder material went from a curious carbon allotrope to the single-most-expensive material in the world. As production costs for exfoliated graphene crashed to levels comparable with tilapia fillets, so did interest in its practical application.
The modern engineering marketplace is increasingly global. Corporate structures and supply chains span continents, while an increasingly team-centered, networked approach to problem solving places a premium on communication skills. Which second languages are most useful (and lucrative) for today's engineers?
If you're looking for the perfect position or are unhappy with the one you have, refining your job search process is the place to start. Without a proper strategy, even a senior engineer with a tight resume can find themselves out of luck in today's network-centered employment marketplace.
We take you from examining your motivations to vetting target companies in just four steps.
Your choice of major determines your course load, peer group, and influences your academic and professional future. The right call can immerse you in subjects you're passionate about and guide you to a career you love... but the wrong choice can doom you to increased stress, burnout, and failure. How can you tell if you've made the wrong decision ... and what can you do about it?
Engineering isn't easy. Often, our careers demand long hours and intense concentration, leaving little time or energy for life outside the current project. How can we reign in the pressures of home and career, in order to achieve a healthy balance?
One of the most popular questions we see from soon-to-be-graduating engineers and students looking to land a fruitful engineering internship is "How do I get a job with a 2.5 GPA in ________ engineering?" or "Is it possible to get an internship with a low GPA?"
With that in mind, we gathered a few expert opinions from engineers and recruiters on how best to overcome a low engineering GPA.
Industries, economies and people all change over time. While layoffs and commercial collapse may be the first scenarios to mind, there are as many reasons to start over as there are engineers.
How do you start over as the new hire when you're the most senior engineer on the team?