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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 Center

Login to SCOTLink

  • Attend an Accessing SCOTLink workshop, (http://careers.ucr.edu/careerFairsWorkshops/workshopsandinformationsessions/Pages/WorkshopsandInformationSessions.aspx)
  • Careers.ucr.edu → Student Login: Explore job listings, resume builder and check out the tools

Learn about on campus resources

  • Visit faculty during office hours (http://www.facultydirectory.ucr.edu/). Counseling Center (www.counseling.ucr.edu/). Academic Resource Center (http://arc.ucr.edu/). BCOE Student Affairs, (http://student.engr.ucr.edu/lead/).
  • Stay current on career center events (careers.ucr.edu → Google calendar on homepage)

Explore Engineering professional organizations

  • Learn about all of the organizations that are affiliated with BCOE (http://student.engr.ucr.edu/lead/storgs.html)

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

  • Meet new people and build skills by joining a student group or volunteering (www.handsoninlandempire.org, http://student.engr.ucr.edu/lead/storgs.html)

Research summer opportunities

  • Summer school, part time jobs, and/or volunteering are all options. Check out SCOTLink → SCOTJobs, Careershift and these websites for more info: (www.handsoninlandempire.org, snagajob.com, http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/academics/summer.html)

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

  • Summer school, part time jobs, and volunteering are all options. Check out SCOTLink → SCOTJobs, Careershift and these websites for more info: (www.handsoninlandempire.org, snagajob.com, http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/academics/summer.html)

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

  • Meet with professionals in a field of interest and ask questions about their jobs (http://www.quintcareers.com/informational_interviewing.html)

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 going to, (http://careers.ucr.edu/careerPlanningCounseling/CareersMajor/Pages/careersMajor.aspx)

Sophomore: Fall


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 on Resume examples page)


Explore majors/careers

  • Meet with a Career Counselor to discuss how to connect major choice with career options. SCOTLink →CareerInsider and online resources include: (http://online.onetcenter.org, http://www.careertv.com, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/home.htm and http://www.quintcareers.com/career_planning_tips.html)
  • Look out for Job Discovery Series: Careers in your major, for career exploration and networking with engineering professionals
  • An assessment can help you identify career interests or decide on a major so meet with a counselor to find out what assessment is best for you to take. TypeFocus is a great start which can be found in SCOTLink. (SCOTLink-> Home tab -> TypeFocus) To view all assessments offered, go to (http://careers.ucr.edu/careerPlanningCounseling/assessments/Pages/AssessmentTestPurchase.aspx).


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 (http://student.engr.ucr.edu/lead/storgs.html)


Internship and Co-op research (start early)

  • Great way to try out a company or career. Attend an internship orientation (SCOTLink –> events) and explore internship listings (SCOTLink->SCOTJobs)
  • Learn more about internship and co-op experiences, (http://careers.ucr.edu/jobs/internships/Pages/internships.aspx)
  • Many structured, summer internship programs (http://www.engineerjobs.com/jobs/california/los-angeles.php?e=i, http://www.dice.com/, http://www.seocareer.org/internships/engineering) have application deadlines in the winter quarter. Also check out SCOTLink ->SCOTJobs and CareerShift for internship opportunities


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, (http://library.ucr.edu/?view=help/subjectguides/engineering/eit.html)

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 representative from programs of interest

Sophomore: Winter

Attend workshops to help prepare you for job and internship search, (http://careers.ucr.edu/careerFairsWorkshops/workshopsandinformationsessions/Pages/WorkshopsandInformationSessions.aspx)

Learn how to RSVP to events to reserve your spot (http://careers.ucr.edu/careerFairsWorkshops/rsvpforevents/Pages/rsvpforevents.aspx)

Continue to apply to internships and/or Co-op’s

  • Many structured, summer internship programs (http://www.engineerjobs.com/jobs/california/los-angeles.php?e=i, http://www.dice.com/, http://www.seocareer.org/internships/engineering) have application deadlines in the winter quarter. Also check out SCOTLink ->SCOTJobs

Stay involved on campus as a leader

  • Volunteer to coordinate a project or committee

Practice interviewing

  • Attend an Interview Skills workshop and RSVP to reserve your spot (SCOTLink -> events-> click on RSVP)
  • Practice with the Mock Interview Tool in SCOTLink and make an appointment with a counselor to go over answers

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

  • Match with an industrial mentor
  • Follow up with mentor on career and professional development related questions
  • Attend IMPACT meetings

Sophomore: Spring

Apply for internships and/or Co-op’s

  • Internship positions are still available. SCOTLink -> SCOTJobs
  • Learn more about internship and co-op experiences: (http://careers.ucr.edu/jobs/internships/Pages/internships.aspx)

Practice networking

  • Attend a Connecting Your Way to A Job or Social Media in Your Job Search workshop (SCOTLink ->events)
  • 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 (http://careers.ucr.edu/Events/fairs.htm)

Research graduate schools (Graduate School Track)

  • Narrow down a list of programs of interest, resources: (www.petersons.com, http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools, school of interest graduate program websites)

Search for research opportunities

  • Check with the department, resources: (http://student.engr.ucr.edu/lead/ugresearch.html)

Sophomore: Summer

Summer Experience

  • Capitalize on opportunities, paid or unpaid, that help you explore fields of interest, (summer internship, volunteer, part-time job)

2. Informational Interviews

  • Meet with professionals in a field of interest and ask questions about their jobs (http://www.quintcareers.com/informational_interviewing.html

3. Continue to network and create a LinkedIn profile

  • Attend a LinkedIn 1.0 and/or 2.0 workshop during the upcoming fall quarter (http://careers.ucr.edu/careerFairsWorkshops/workshopsandinformationsessions/Pages/WorkshopsandInformationSessions.aspx)

Review & re-set goals

  • Reflect and identify next steps. (http://www.acinet.org/ACINET/EXPLORE/View.aspx?pageID=28)
  • Graduate school bound or preparing for full time work

 

Junior: Fall

Update resume

  • Highlight related experience. No more high school info

Research and participate in an internship and/or Co-op

  • Use all of your resources (i.e. SCOTLink, Career Counselors, friends, family, professional associations) to target relevant internships
  • Attend Finding an Internship workshop to learn strategies on how to search for opportunities

Apply for internships and/or Co-op’s

  • 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 (http://registrar.ucr.edu/registrar/schedule-of-classes/catalog.aspx).

Discuss career options

  • Make an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss/identify your options. For appointments, call 827-3631

Practice Interview Skills

  • Attend an Interview Skills workshop and/or record a practice interview on Mock Interview

Review graduate school application requirements to determine deadlines such as exams, letters of recommendations, personal statement transcripts (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 (SCOTLink->events)

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

  • Match with an industrial mentor
  • Follow up with mentor on career and professional development related 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. (http://www.quintcareers.com/smart_networking.html)
  • Attend the Engineering and Technology Fair and the Internship Non-Profit Job Fair

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. (SCOTLink->events)

Contact references to ask for “letters of recommendation” for graduate school, (Graduate School Track)

Study for the GRE exam (Graduate School Track)

  • Check with the Academic Resource Center (ARC) center on campus for GRE prep courses and resources, (http://arc.ucr.edu/)

Discover On Campus Interview Program (OCI)

  • Employers interview UCR students at the Career Center for internship and full time positions. Attend an OCI workshop for application instructions (SCOTLink -> events) (http://careers.ucr.edu/jobs/oci/Pages/OnCampusInterviews.aspx)

Junior: Spring

Apply for internships and/or research opportunities

  • Didn’t find anything on SCOTJobs? Try contacting companies directly. Check out (www.hoovers.com) and the Book of Lists published by the business press for each county.

On Campus Interview (OCI) Search

  • Employers interview UCR students at the Career Center for internship and full time positions. Attend an OCI workshop for application instructions (SCOTLink -> events) (http://careers.ucr.edu/Students/oci.htm)

 

Attend Last Chance Job Fair (http://careers.ucr.edu/Events/fairs.htm)

  • Practice introducing and marketing yourself to employers. Attend Connecting Your Way to a Job (SCOTLink->events) i. Research participating companies (SCOTLink->CareerInsider Vault, www.hoovers.com)

GRE Exam

  • Schedule a time to take the exam (Graduate School Track), (http://www.ets.org/gre)

FE/EIT Exam

  • If you plan to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, this is the time to register and prepare for it. FE/EIT Resources, (http://library.ucr.edu/?view=help/subjectguides/engineering/eit.html)

Junior: Summer

Summer Experience (internship, co-op, research assignment, part-time, 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. (http://www.quintcareers.com/mentor_value.html)

Personal Essay (Graduate School Track)

  • Draft personal statement or statement of purpose for graduate school and have it critiqued by faculty or trusted person for content and grammatical errors

Review & set goals

  • Reflect on what you’ve experienced so far and identify next steps. (http://www.acinet.org/ACINET/EXPLORE/View.aspx?pageID=28)

Senior: Fall

Develop a targeted resume

  • Tailor your resume to the company or industry you want to work for. Attend a Resume Writing Workshop (SCOTLink->events) and/or meet with a Career Counselor (827.3631 for appts.)

Participate in OCI

  • By interviewing with employers through OCI you are drastically reducing the competition for jobs. (SCOTLink->SCOTJobs->ShowMe: Employers interviewing at the Career Center)

Attend Fairs on campus

  • Engineering and Technology Fair, STEM Fair (SCOTLink->events)


Practice interview skills

  • Mock Interview tool in SCOTLink is available to help. Login 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 LinkedIn profile and continue to join associations and groups related to your field of interest


GRE Exam (Graduate School Track)

  • Register and complete the exam through, (http://www.ets.org/gre/) and retrieve score results


Complete Graduate School applications

  • Collect completed letter of recommendations, transcripts, final personal essay to prepare for submission


FE/EIT Exam

  • If you plan to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, this is the time to register and prepare for it. FE/EIT Resources, (http://library.ucr.edu/?view=help/subjectguides/engineering/eit.html)


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

  • Match with an industrial mentor
  • Follow up with mentor on career and professional development related 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! (http://www.quintcareers.com/networking_guide.html)
  • Stay proactive using your LinkedIn profile in your job search (http://www.linkedin.com)


Apply/interview for positions

  • Remember to follow up with employers to make sure they received your resume and/or application 2 weeks after applying

Senior: Spring

Participate in OCI

  • Many employers interview students at the Career Center for full-time positions. (Go to SCOTLink->SCOTJobs->Show Me: Positions for which I qualify)


Attend Last Chance Job Fair and the Spring Job Fair

  • This is your time to shine. Practice your intro to employers, take plenty copies of your resume and definitely research the participating employers BEFORE the event (SCOTLink->QuickLinks-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. (SCOTLink->profile->placements tab)


4. Job Acceptance and/or Graduate School commitment

*(Graduate School Track)- for students planning to attend graduate school



More Information

General Campus Information

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

Department Information

Career Center
Veitch Student Center

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

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