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SWTJC STEM – ENGR 1201. Broadening Your Education. Participate in student organizations Meet your social needs Develop your leadership and organizational skills Engage in professional development activities Receive academic support Participate in service activities

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broadening your education

SWTJC STEM – ENGR 1201

Broadening Your Education

  • Participate in student organizations
    • Meet your social needs
    • Develop your leadership and organizational skills
    • Engage in professional development activities
    • Receive academic support
    • Participate in service activities
    • Look for these organizations
      • Clubs - Computer, Business, Religious
      • Honor societies - Phi Theta Kappa (SWTJC)Tau Beta Pi (Gen. Engr. at universities)
      • Discipline specific organizations - Eta Kappa Nu(Elect. Engr.) & IEEE Student Chapter

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SWTJC STEM – ENGR 1201

Broadening Your Education

  • Participate in student organizations cont.
    • Benefits include
      • Social interactions
      • Personal development
      • Professional development
      • Academic development
      • Service to college and community
  • Extracurricular activity participation
    • Student design competitions
      • See list on pages 211-215 of text
    • Technical paper contests
      • See list of sponsor organizations on page 216

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SWTJC STEM – ENGR 1201

Broadening Your Education

  • Extracurricular activity participation cont.
    • Design clinics
      • SWTJC Microcontroller/Robotics Seminars
    • Undergraduate research
    • Student government
    • SWTJC Student Ambassadors
    • Intra and extramural athletics
  • Pre-professional employment
    • Earn money
    • Develop important skills
    • Build your resume
    • Better understand how academics relates to thereal world

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SWTJC STEM – ENGR 1201

Broadening Your Education

  • Pre-professional employment cont.
    • Forms of jobs
      • Summer jobs
      • Working during the school year
        • Work 10 hrs/wk take full course load15-18 sch (5-6 courses)
        • Work 20 hrs/wk take no more than 12 sch(3-4 courses)
        • Work 40 hrs/wk take no more than 8 sch2 courses (with labs)
      • Cooperative education experiences
        • Practical experience in industry
        • Money for college expenses

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SWTJC STEM – ENGR 1201

Broadening Your Education

  • Pre-professional employment cont.
    • Cooperative education experiences cont.
      • Get a “foot in the door” in terms of seeking employment upon graduation
      • May slightly delay graduation, but working experience may increase your starting salary!
      • Most universities provide employment ser-vices for students both before and aftergraduation
      • SWTJC’s placement office, Ronnie Garza(Ext. 2940)

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SWTJC STEM – ENGR 1201

Broadening Your Education

  • How do you measure up for employment?
    • Your year in school
    • Your academic performance (GPA 3.00+ a B or better!)
    • Your personal qualifications
  • Steps in searching for a job
    • Prepare
      • Prepare a quality resume (page 223)
      • Prepare a cover letter (page 224)
      • Develop interview skills (pages 224-225)
    • Identify opportunities
      • Visit the career center
      • Network - ask friends, fellow students, professors

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SWTJC STEM – ENGR 1201

Broadening Your Education

  • Steps in searching for a job cont.
    • Identify opportunities cont.
      • Consult employment publications (page 227)
    • Apply for a position
      • Call the company
      • Sell yourself!
      • Get an interview!
      • Ask the right questions (page 231)
      • Show excitement and interest
      • Follow-up on the interview
        • Thank you letter
        • Phone call

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SWTJC STEM – ENGR 1201

Broadening Your Education

  • Putting something back
    • Everyone has something to give back to their college or community
    • One student can make a difference
    • Provide feedback - helpful criticism
    • Serve as an ambassador
    • Help other students
      • Serve as a leader in organizations
      • Tutor
      • Organize and lead study groups
    • Seek out community opportunities
      • Service clubs
      • Volunteer for cleanups, tutoring, etc.

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