June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
23.705.1 - 23.705.16
Implementing a Student-Suggested Course in Engineering Career DevelopmentIn a recent poll of 75 engineering students at a private, highly selective university, conducted by astudent team for an engineering management course project, 67 percent agreed they wouldregister for a course to help them prepare for the job search and career success. As a direct resultof this expressed student interest and the project team’s recommendation, a special topics course,Engineering Career Development, was created and delivered for one semester as a pilot project.This practical course provides engineering students with tools to gain a competitive advantage inreaching their potential in the workforce. The course is designed to help engineering studentsdevelop necessary communication skills and strategies for finding a job and initiating a career.Topics include networking, participating in career fairs, researching prospective employers,writing a resume, crafting an audience-driven cover letter, interviewing, using social mediastrategically, using the career center’s resources effectively, applying professional ethics, andlearning best practices in today's marketplace. The course requires unusual collaboration andcooperation among the instructor, career center staff, and engineering school administrators.Assignments and deliverables are coordinated with the career center’s on-campus recruitingactivities and resources.This paper describes the first semester of the course, its rationale and development, collaborativeefforts, lessons learned, and recommendations for future course delivery. The authors describethe course from the perspectives of the instructor and the division administrator. They analyzestudent participation and post-course questionnaire feedback to determine degree of success andfuture course development. Student response has been even greater than expected; for example,within the first two hours of registration for the fall course, the one section closed and a waitinglist was generated. The authors plan to offer the course in the subsequent semester and furtherdevelop it based on their analysis of the pilot project.
Sharp, J. E., & Rowe, C. J. (2013, June), Implementing a Student-Suggested Course in Engineering Career Development Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19719
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