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Career & Professional Development

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  • Resume & CV Writing Tips (HERE)
  • Interviewing Tips (HERE)
  • Career Pathways in Engineering & Computer Science (HERE)
  • How to Dress for an Interview (HERE)
  • History and Careers within Engineering & Computing- Come learn about the significant points in history and what careers are out there for you through a Showcase of research in each field.
    • Computer Science History presented by Dr. Dave Ackley, UNM Emeritus Associate Professor (see the video HERE)
    • Civil, Environmental, & Construction Engineering History presented byTrevor Amestoy, UNM Undergrad (see the video HERE)
  • School of Engineering students: ESS Center has many internships available. Explore the site: https://ess.unm.edu/programs/current-students/internships-jobs/external-internship-job-opportunities/index.html
  • Office of Career Services: unm.edu or 505-277-2531 – they can help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and much more. All for FREE.
  • Resource Centers
  • Talk to your professors, advisors, mentors, graduate students, and counselors. You may not know what you want to do with the rest of your life right now, and that is completely okay and normal. Always remember to be honest with yourself about your likes and dislikes – a lot of starting a new program is figuring out things you don’t like, but you won’t know until you try it on.
  • Employers seek students who are career ready (https://unm5.unm.edu/), so seek out opportunities to develop these skills.
  • Get help from our very own, Nada Abdelhack at esscareers@unm.edu. She can help Engineering & Computing students with anything job and internship related, ranging from Resumes and Cover Letters, to Interview Prep and Job Searches. 
  • Job Applications (provided by UNM's Career Services):
    • Resume Guide ( PDF)
    • Cover Letter Guide ( PDF)
    • Sample Engineering Resume ( PDF)
  • Graduate School (provided by UNM's Career Services):
    • CV Guide ( PDF)
    • Application Essay (letter of intent and personal statement, also useful for scholarship applications; PDF)
    • Graduate School Guide (includes the application process and when/if you should apply; PDF)
The STEM Collaborative Center has compiled words of wisdom from those who have gone before you. Here are the tips and strategies from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors from a panel of Graduate and Upper Level Undergraduate students at UNM.  Additionally, read about the advice from our mentors who are STEM Professionals and Peer-Mentors on our Mentoring page

 

Career Pathways

  • Soul-search for the type of job you might actually want and whether a graduate degree is actually helpful/necessary to get that job
  • Many STEM fields require  additional certifications before you are considered, for example, an Electrical Engineer. Until you have these certifications, you are considered “in training.”
  • Get  hands-on experience – get a practical view of the field you are entering.
  • Sandia National Labs jobs are pretty sweet. However, they all require a  security clearance and a drug test. So maybe don't drink or do drugs/crimes if you think you might like to work there.
  • To  select the best advisor for graduate school, ask yourself these three questions about a potential STEM advisor for thesis/dissertation based programs:
    1. What do the advisor's current or past students say about them?
    2. Has the advisor written a first-author paper in the past 3 - 5 years in your potential field of interest?
    3. How long does it take your potential advisor's students to defend?
CareerPathway
The STEM Collaborative Center has compiled words of wisdom from those who have gone before you. Here are the tips and strategies from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors from a panel of Graduate and Upper Level Undergraduate students at UNM.  Additionally, read about the advice from our mentors who are STEM Professionals and Peer-Mentors on our Mentoring page

 

Skill Acquisition

  • Coding and statistics are skills are beneficial for pretty much any discipline.
  • Don’t limit your skills to your major – at a minimum be proficient at Word and Excel, work at having good writing skills, as well as other tools to help with any job.