When John Collins says that working on cool technologies may be the best thing about being an electrical engineer, he’s speaking from personal experience…
IEEE Member and author John Collins is currently a People Manager at FlixBus in Berlin, one of the largest travel startups in Europe. He is responsible for 40+ direct reports on six software engineering teams. A former senior program manager at Apple, Microsoft and Snapchat, Collins has written an e-book that deserves to be in the hands of not only engineering students, but also the many working professionals who are seeking to advance their careers. Developing Your Path–A Guide to Landing Your Dream Career is a cornucopia of solid, practical information. Topics range from choosing a college or university, and the value of internships; to writing an effective resume; the interview process; and the importance of LinkedIn, the online business professionals’ network.
The book’s information is organized into 15 chapters. In “Choosing a College,” high school students can learn what Collins believes are the benefits of attending a top-tier institution. For example, the school has a world-class faculty, and you’re a known entity upon graduation. “Certain employers may also heavily recruit from certain schools,” writes Collins, “so no matter the university you choose—become a member of the alumni association.” He advises that alumni memberships offer a vast array of people you can network with for future jobs. Fellow alumni can also become mentors, or even help you find things to do, when you move to a new city.
Collins also points out the potential drawbacks for choosing top-tier institutions—tuition and associated costs are usually high; and teaching assistants or graduate students may teach the undergraduate classes — not the professors. “If you choose a school with a smaller engineering program, you may have more opportunities to make an impact and grow; found new professional endeavors; or lead established organizations,” he offers. Further, “Smaller schools create excellent paths for you to differentiate yourself. It can be easier to become a leader in an established organization.”
This book is meaty and detailed, with chapters devoted to the benefits of being an engineer; choosing a college; the importance of differentiation; internships; gaining computer science skills; advantages and disadvantages for different job sectors; resume writing; cover letters; the importance of LinkedIn; networking; the application process; the interview process; and understanding the compensation and benefits package.
Collins’ last chapter, “Extra Information,” is a collection of brief, but valuable, author insights—including how to handle the first 90 days of a new job; deciding whether to pursue a Master’s degree; and the importance of regularly setting and updating goals.
High school student, or recent graduate; engineering student, or working professional—this career guide is worth owning, reading—and reading again.
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Georgia C. Stelluto is IEEE-USA’s Publishing Manager; Manager and Editor of IEEE-USA E-BOOKS; Department Editor for @IEEEUSA in IEEE-USA InSight; and Co-Editor of IEEE-USA Conference Brief.