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University of California, RiversideUCR



BCOE 


Freshman: Fall


Locate the Career Center & BCOE Professional Development Resources

  • Quarterly Career Calendar which lists workshops, career fairs, and employer information sessions. Pdf version available at careers.ucr.edu.
  • Locate BCOE Job Bulletin Board in the Student Affairs Lounge
  • Read email announcements sent by BCOE Professional Development Officer and the Career Centeri>

Login to SCOTLink

  • Attend an Accessing SCOTLink workshop
  • Careers.ucr.edu Student Login:  Explore job listings, Resume Builder and check out the tools

Learn about on campus resources

Attend the Freshman: Your Career Game Plan workshop to help you set career goals for your first year. Go to SCOTLink Events RSVP

Explore Engineering professional organizations

Participate in the BCOE ENSURE (Engineering Success & Retention) Mentoring Program

 

Freshman: Winter

Attend a Resume Writing workshop and/or use Resume Builder in SCOTLink

  • Draft resume and cover letter using Resume Builder in SCOTLink

Get involved

Research summer opportunities

 

Freshman: Spring

Resume and cover letter critique

  • Get your resume and cover letter reviewed during drop in (M-TH, 10am- 3pm and F, 10am-12pm at the Career Center)

Faculty/Professional informational interview

  • Develop networking skills and learn about careers by interviewing faculty (pick up a handout on informational interviews at the Career Center)

Apply for summer opportunities

 

Freshman: Summer

Summer experience

  • Take on a part-time summer job or volunteer experience
  • Write down your experiences and skills you learned to help you write them into your resume

Informational interviews

Set goals

  • What technical and non-technical skills would you like to learn?   Any professionals you’d like to meet? Make an action plan! (http://www.quintcareers.com/setting_goals.html)
  • Begin exploring careers in your engineering major by clicking here

 

Sophomore: Fall

 

Attend the Sophomore: Your Career Game Plan workshop to help you set career goals for your second year. Go to SCOTLink  Events  RSVP

Update resume

  • College experiences start to take the place of high school experiences on your resume
  • Include experiences such as volunteer, clubs and organizations, part-time work. Check out engineering resume template examples.

Explore majors/careers

Attend a LinkedIn 1.0 workshop

  • Created a LinkedIn account to begin establishing your online professional image and building your network

Take on a leadership role in a student organization

  • Turn your member title into a specific role to gain more responsibility and additional skills, click here for more details.

Internship and Co-op research (start early)

EIT/FE Exam

  • If you plan to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, this is the time to register and prepare for it. FE/EIT Resources

GRE Exam (Graduate School Track)

  • The GRE is frequently required for admission into engineering graduate programs. Review the UCR Graduate Division and your Academic Department as well as research graduate school programs of interest

Graduate School Research (Graduate School Track)

  • Attend the Graduate and Professional School Info Day and speak to representatives from programs of interest

Sophomore: Winter


Attend workshops to help prepare you for job and internship search.  Click here to find out more!

 

Learn how to RSVP to events to reserve your spot. 

Continue to apply to internships and/or co-op experiences.

Stay involved on campus as a leader.

  • Volunteer to coordinate a project or committee.

Practice interviewing.

Participate in the BCOE Industrial Mentoring for Professional Advancement & Career Training (IMPACT) Program.

  • Apply to be part of IMPACT.
  • Matched with an industrial mentor.
  • Follow up with your mentor on career and professional development questions.
  • Attend IMPACT meetings.

Sophomore: Spring


Apply for internships and/or co-op experiences.

Practice networking.

  • Attend a Connecting Your Way to A Job or Social Media in Your Job Search Workshop. Learn more.
  • Stay active with your LinkedIn account and join groups and organizations related to your field of interest.

Attend the Last Chance Career Fair.

  • 70+ employers will be on campus to discuss full-time, part-time and internship openings at the Last Chance Career Fair. Learn more.

Research graduate schools. (Graduate School Track)

Search for research opportunities.

Sophomore: Summer

 
Summer Experience.

  • Capitalize on opportunities (paid or unpaid) that will help you explore fields of interest (summer internships, volunteer work, part-time jobs, etc.).

Informational interviews.

  • Meet with professionals in your field of interest and ask questions about their jobs. Learn more about informational interviews.

Continue to network and create a LinkedIn profile.

  • Attend a LinkedIn 1.0 and/or 2.0 Workshop during the upcoming fall quarter. See our calendar for upcoming workshops.

Review & re-set goals.

 

Junior: Fall


Attend the Junior: Your Career Game Plan workshop to help you set career goals for your third year.  For RSVP information, please click here.

Update your resume.

  • Highlight related experience. No more high school information!

Research and participate in an internship and/or co-op experience.

  • Use all of your resources (i.e., SCOTLink, career counselors, friends, family, professional associations) to target relevant internships.
  • Attend a Finding an Internship Workshop to learn strategies on how to search for opportunities. See our calendar for upcoming workshops.

Apply for internships and/or co-op experiences.

  • Browse through listings on SCOTJobs and CareerShift through SCOTLink.
  • Check with the course catalog and your academic advisor to see if your BCOE major offers an internship course for academic credit.

Discuss career options.

  • Make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss/identify your options. For appointments, call (951) 827-3631.

Practice interview skills.

  • Attend an Interview Skills Workshop and/or record a practice interview on Mock Interview. Learn more.

Review grad school application requirements to determine deadlines for exams, letters of recommendation, personal statement, transcripts, etc. (Graduate School Track)

Practice introducing and marketing yourself to employers.

  • Network with industry professionals by attending the STEM Career Fair and the Career Expo Diversity Job Fair.  You can RSVP the event on SCOTLink.  

Participate in the BCOE Industrial Mentoring for Professional Advancement & Career Training (IMPACT) Program.

  • Apply to be part of IMPACT.
  • Get matched with an industrial mentor.
  • Ask your mentor career and professional development questions.
  • Attend IMPACT meetings.

Junior: Winter


Apply for internships.

  • Browse through listings on SCOTJobs and CareerShift through SCOTLink.

Network.

  • The top skill employers search for is communication. Practice public speaking and basic conversational skills.  Get networking tips and tricks.
  • Attend the Engineering and Technology Fair and the Internship Non-Profit Job Fair. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

Target career options.

  • How can you locate opportunities in a specific industry or location? Attend a Where Are the Jobs? The Hidden Job Market Workshop to learn more. Click here to RSVP.

Contact references to ask for letters of recommendation for graduate school. (Graduate School Track)

Study for the GRE exam. (Graduate School Track)

Discover our On-Campus Interview Program (OCI).

  • Employers interview UCR students at the Career Center for internship and full-time positions. To find out more, please visit our OCI page, and attend an OCI workshop for application instructions.

Junior: Spring


Apply for internships and/or research opportunities.

Participate in our On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program.

  • Employers interview UCR students at the Career Center for internship and full-time positions. Attend an OCI workshop for application instructions.

Attend the Last Chance Job Fair.

Take the GRE Exam.

  • Schedule a time to take the exam. (Graduate School Track)

Take the FE/EIT Exam.

  • If you plan to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, this is the time to register and prepare for it! See FE/EIT resources.  

Junior: Summer


Gain experience (internship, co-op, research, part-time job, volunteer).

  • Be curious about the job opportunities in your environment. What are the different positions available? What are the qualifications for those jobs?

Network.

  • Identify 5 professionals who can mentor you through the full-time job search next year. Learn more about the value of mentors.

Draft your personal essay. (Graduate School Track)

  • Draft your personal statement for graduate school and have it critiqued by faculty or a trusted person for content and grammatical errors.

Review and set goals.

Senior: Fall


Attend Senior: Your Career Game Plan workshop (Visit SCOTLink to RSVP)

Develop a targeted resume

  • Tailor the resume to the industry you want to work for.  Attend a Resume Writing Workshop and/or meet with a Career Counselor (951.827.3631 for appts.) 

Participate in OCI.

  • By interviewing with employers through OCI, you drastically reduce the competition for jobs. To find out who are interviewing on campus, visit SCOTjobs (Advance Search  Show me  Only employers interviewing at Career Center).

Attend fairs on campus.

Practice interview skills.

  • Mock Interview tool in SCOTLink to practice. Log in to SCOTLink and find the icon in the Resources section.
  • Be sure to send a thank you via email or mail 24 hours after the interview.

Attend the LinkedIn 2.0 Workshop.

  • Update your LinkedIn profile and continue to join associations and groups related to your field of interest.  RSVP to reserve your spot at the LinkedIn Workshop.

Take the GRE Exam. (Graduate School Track)

  • Register and complete the exam and retrieve score results.

Complete graduate school applications.

  • Collect completed letters of recommendation, transcripts and your final personal essay to prepare for submission.

Take the FE/EIT Exam.

  • If you plan to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, this is the time to register and prepare for it!  See FE/EIT resources.  

Participate in the BCOE IMPACT (Industrial Mentoring for Professional Advancement & Career Training) Program.

  • Apply to be part of IMPACT.
  • Get matched with an industrial mentor.
  • Ask your mentor career and professional development questions.
  • Attend IMPACT meetings.

Senior: Winter


NETWORK!

  • Keep your contacts updated on your job search. Ask for advice and guidance regarding openings…NOT A JOB! Click here for Networking guide.
  • Stay proactive and use your LinkedIn profile in your job search.

Apply/interview for positions.

  • Remember to follow up with employers to make sure they received your resume and/or application two weeks after applying.

Senior: Spring


Participate in our On-Campus Interview Program.

  • Many employers interview students at the Career Center for full-time positions. Go to SCOTjobs (Advance Search  Show me  Positions which I am qualified for) 

Attend the Last Chance Job Fair and the Spring Job Fair.

  • This is your time to shine! Practice your intro to employers, take plenty of copies of your resume and definitely research the participating employers BEFORE the event. Look at the Shortcuts in SCOTLink and select Last Chance Job Fair participant list. 

Tell us your plans!

  • Complete your placement information in SCOTLink so that we can tell administrators, the employer community and future UCR students about your accomplishments. Select "Profile," then "Placements."

Accept a job or commit to a graduate school.*

*(Graduate School Track)

Senior: Summer


Begin your exciting career!



More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Career Center
Career Center Plaza

Tel: (951) 827-3631
Fax: (951) 827-2447
Student Questions: careercounseling@ucr.edu
Employer Questions: careerrecruiting@ucr.edu

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