Employers are looking for much more than just a high GPA from students; they also like to see engineering experience, leadership examples and work outside of the classroom. Below are some recommended actions to help you become a stronger candidate and get the job you really want.

Year One

  • Get started! Upperclassmen often comment, "I wish I had started this earlier"
  • Start exploring ChBE fields
  • Create a resume and cover letter
    • Have a Career Services counselor look over your resume and cover letter
    • Always customize your cover letter for the specific opportunity
  • Join the ChBE Peer Mentor Program
  • Make a LinkedIn profile which highlights your experience and interests
  • Become a member of the ChBE LinkedIn Group and other company recruiting groups
  • Get to know recruiters and practice networking: attend career fairs, company info sessions and mock interviews
    • Look for every opportunity to meet and get to know experienced individuals
    • Introduce yourself afterwards and bring your resume
    • Always research the company/position beforehand and prepare some questions to ask
  • Join student societies (AIChESWEISPEBMESCU Energy Club, etc.)
  • Volunteer (Engineers without Borderscommunity outreach, etc.)
  • Take an engineering projects course if possible
    • These build teamwork and leadership skills and are great to showcase on your resume

Year Two

  • Update your resume and cover letter
    • Highlight technical skillsets (working on cars, programing, etc.)
  • Join the ChBE Alumni-Student Mentor Program (note, this is different from the freshmen/senior Peer Mentor Program mentioned above)
  • Update your LinkedIn profile
  • Conduct student research
  • Chair an event in a student society or other organization
    • Start to build your leadership skills and boost your resume
  • Volunteer (Engineers without Borderscommunity outreachtutor at CU, in a research lab, etc.)
  • Get to know your professors; you will need letters of recommendation in the future
  • Go on company tours
  • Continue to get to know recruiters and grow your network: attend career fairs, company info sessions and mock interviews
  • Intern your post-sophomore summer if possible (not necessarily engineering, but anything technical that you can find)

Year Three

  • Update your resume and cover letter
  • Take on a position of leadership in a student society or other organization and plan/execute events
    • Show employers what you have accomplished in your position of leadership
  • Volunteer (Engineers without Borderscommunity outreachtutor at CU, in a research lab, etc.)
  • Update your LinkedIn profile
  • If you have not already done so, join the ChBE Alumni-Student Mentor Program
  • Join the local AIChE / ISPE / SWE / etc. regional professional group and go to meetings
  • Go on company tours
  • Become a TA for a class
  • Continue to get to know recruiters and grow your network: attend career fairs, company info sessions and mock interviews
  • Review all job postings on the Career Services website
  • Continue getting to know your professors
  • Continue to conduct undergraduate research (especially if interested in graduate school)
  • Intern your post-junior year (ideally in an engineering field)
  • If interested in graduate/medical/law school, start studying for the appropriate exam (GRE/MCAT/LSAT)

Year Four

  • Update your resume and cover letter
    • High school information should be removed; instead, showcase what you have done more recently at CU
  • Become a mentor in the ChBE Peer Mentor Program
  • Become a TA for a class
  • Take the FE Exam
  • Update your LinkedIn profile
  • Continue to get to know recruiters and grow your network: attend career fairs, company info sessions and mock interviews
  • If interested in graduate/medical/law school, take the appropriate exam (GRE/MCAT/LSAT)
  • If looking for a job, use the personal network you have created over the years