How to Get There

Engineering, like many rewarding careers, requires a college degree. To make sure you have the best chance of success take a well-rounded course load in high school and add in as many extra curricular activities as you can manage successfully. There are a number of other things you can do to make the road easier, and following articles will help give you some ideas. 

  • Sonya  Kori Posted on September 19, 2016 by Sonya Kori
    The Value of Professional Society Membership
    If you are still in middle or high school, the benefits of professional society membership may not yet be open to you, but some organizations do have junior memberships that will allow you to associate with the organization and take advantage of their many resources. (Check out  SWENext  as one example.)  If you are currently an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing engineering or already a working professional in the field of engineering, it is important to consider and explore joining an engineering professional society due to the numerous advantages these organizations offer. 

    One of the benefits of pursuing engineering is the wealth of professional societies that exist for engineers. Upon entering North Carolina State University as a freshman engineering student in 2007, I began researching and exploring local chapters of these engineering professional societies at my university. I noticed that regardless of what discipline of engineering one is ...
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on February 11, 2016 by Egirl Team
    Take the challenge with DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL
    DESIGN SQUAD, the Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS website, is going GLOBAL! It’s launching during National Engineers Week, February 24th, on Global Day, when thousands of engineers and educators are pledging their time to lead kids in hands-on engineering activities. On Global Day, take the challenge and try a DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL hands-on activity! Try these with friends or invent your own design.
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  • Vivian Li Posted on October 29, 2015 by Vivian Li
    How to Get the Most out of a Summer Engineering Program:  My Experience at WTP
    Taking a summer engineering program can give you an edge when applying for colleges and look great on your resume. Here are some ideas for how to get the most out of your time.
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  • Katherine Dunne Posted on May 21, 2015 by Katherine Dunne
    Searching for and Applying to Internships
    Finding your first internship can be a real challenge. Where do you start? And what type of internship should you look for? That all depends upon what you want, but a little diligence and online resources will help you find and get the internship that is right for you.
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on April 15, 2015 by Egirl Team
    Become Part of the Society of Women Engineers in SWENext
    Middle school and high school students can now join the Society of Women Engineers become part of world-wide community of women engineers.
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  • Simil  Raghavan Posted on November 17, 2014 by Simil Raghavan
    The Making of an All-Girls Robotics Team
    Mariah Reyes asked a simple question of her robotics coach that had surprising results.
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  • Victoria Wang Posted on November 6, 2014 by Victoria Wang
    Finding a Passion for Engineering Outside of the Textbook
    Victoria Wang discovered what it means to think like an engineer during an engineering summer program.
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  • Christine Yang Posted on August 13, 2014 by Christine Yang
    Engineering Entrepreneurs Wanted
    Women are a minority in both the engineering and business worlds, but learning how to take your ideas to market can help change both of those statistics.
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  • Caitlin   Coverstone Posted on April 9, 2014 by Caitlin Coverstone
     Discover Engineering during National Engineers Week
    National Engineers Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day are wonderful opportunities to share what you know about engineering and to learn about all the exciting options available.
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  • Sophia Luo Posted on December 23, 2013 by Sophia Luo
    International Science Olympiads
    A good way to become more skillful in STEM-related subjects as a high school student is to participate in competitions. There are many internationally recognized contests, also known as Olympiads, which can help beef up your resume when applying to college.
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  • Janet Y. Tsai Posted on September 18, 2013 by Janet Y. Tsai
    Keeping Hope Alive as a Woman in Engineering
    Janet faced a number of typical obstacles in her career. But with a true engineering spirit, she's not one to let a few obstacles get in her way.
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on July 23, 2013 by Egirl Team
    Stay With It!!
    This video from STEM Media Incorporated includes an encouraging lesson for anyone pursuing an engineering career.
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  • Caryn R Carlson Rothe Posted on April 15, 2013 by Caryn R Carlson Rothe
    Finding the Job:  The Importance of Earnest Networking
    Even engineers need to know how to network and leverage professional social media to land an internship or job.
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on November 12, 2012 by Egirl Team
    What is a Career?
    You have probably heard the word “career” a number of times in your life. It has been mentioned by your parents, older friends, on TV shows or even on different websites.
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on October 14, 2012 by Egirl Team
    A Girl's Guide to Job Shadowing
    Job shadowing is when you spend a day (or part of a day) at work with someone in a career that interests you. You get to observe what people do, ask questions, and maybe even participate in some activities. Job shadowing can give you a preview of a job or career.
    You may want to try shadowing several different jobs before choosing a college or career. Or shadow different people with the same job. Often people with the same degree or job title do very different things in their day to day work.
    Setting up a job shadow...
    Explain who you are and why you're interested in doing a job shadow. Give the person at least two-weeks' notice, and have a calendar handy so you can be sure you are available when they are.
    Some questions to ask:
    Where will we meet? What time do I need to arrive/leave? Should I bring a lunch? What should I wear? What’s the best way to reach you if something comes up?

    Write down the answers. Be sure to get there when you say you ...
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on September 24, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Finding Scholarships
    There are many resources available to help you pay for college. The application process for scholarships is very similar to the process for applying to colleges. Here are some tips to help you get started.
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on September 24, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Planning for College
    Engineering is a challenging and rewarding career that requires a college education. Here are some tips to help you plan for college
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on September 19, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Cultivating Life Skills
    Want to be sure you'll have a successful career? Your future success will be determined in large part by your ability to work in teams, communicate your ideas, use different kinds of technology, and to think critically about both problems and opportunities. These life skills are important in every career, and engineering is no exception.
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on August 22, 2012 by Egirl Team
    A Girl's Guide to Mentoring
    Having a mentor is a great help as you explore a career and plan for your future. Learn how to find mentors near you and see how they can help make all the difference.
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on August 7, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Why Take Math in High School
    Do you want to travel to Mars?
    Design houses or create computer software?
    Do you want to discover a cure to cancer or protect rivers and oceans from pollution?
    If you do, be sure to take lots of math in school.
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