Top 5 ways Students can get Jobs and Internships through ENGins

LinkedIn may be great for people who are established in their careers, but what about students who are just starting out with almost no job experience or contacts? ENGins can help:

1. Find people and companies in your field

You may not even know what you want your field to be yet, but ENGins can help you to figure out what you might want to do and who is doing it already. Use the subject menus to find stories that interest you. Don’t forget to check out the different tabs, like Cool, Research, and Trends. Keep a list of articles, people, and companies that seem to be in the right area and—when you have time—spend some time researching them. Where are they located? What other technical areas do they cover? Are there people there whose blogs or social media feeds you can follow?

2. Show off your experience

You don’t need to have been employed to have had experience. As you go through your degree, you will be doing and creating all sorts of interesting things. You can collect  these together in an ENGins portfolio. Tell a story about the successful group project you led. Link to the excellent report you wrote. Include a video of a scenario. Collect links that show your interests. Pull in your twitter feed. You can create a page that is public, semi-private (so you can send links to select contacts) or keep it for yourself to remind you what you want to add to your CV or talk about in an interview.

3. Find networking events

If you’re in London or the South East of England you can see a list of technical events at the bottom left of your screen, most of them free. If you are logged in and have customised your account then these events will be filtered by your own interests. Go along to the ones that interest you. Lurk if you want, or start to talk to people and make contacts… these people might end up as your employers one day, or may tell you about an opportunity you wouldn’t have found out otherwise. At worst, you’ll learn a little something technical and will have a clearer picture of what you do and don’t like.

4. Prepare for interviews

It’s not enough to be able to tell prospective employers about yourself, they want to know that you have insight into their company and industry as well. Trawling the company website is important, but you can also find out more about the technical fields and applications in which the company specialises by searching ENGins. If you can bring up some research news or an industry trend in a casual conversation, you will set yourself apart from your peers.

5. Check out job qualifications

Don’t wait until you really need a full-time job to start looking at what will be required of you: by then it can be too late! In fact, it makes sense to start looking at employers’ wish lists for your dream jobs years in advance. If you have a year or two to go and see that there are skills that you don’t have yet, you can set about to acquire them. This might mean choosing the right optional modules in third and fourth year, choosing the right projects, or even doing some online courses over the summer if nothing is offered within the university. In the bottom right of every ENGins page you’ll see related jobs. Have a look so you’re prepared when the time comes!

About the Author

Dr Sunny Bains is a Scientist, Journalist, Editor, and Educator based at University College London.