Tips for Future Engineers

Most people know that a degree in engineering will require some higher level mathematics and science.  Elementary, junior high, and high school courses give students a basic skill set to become an adult. However, it’s possible for anyone with any background to earn a degree in anything.

If your daughter wants to be an engineer or a scientist, but she isn’t in advanced math or science courses in high school, she shouldn’t feel defeated. Not everyone thrives in that type of an educational environment. She may be able to take more classes in college to achieve her career goals.

Many college courses can be taken at a community college, which often means smaller class size and reduced costs.

She will likely need a minimum of 2 semesters of calculus and 2 semesters of calculus-based physics.  These courses will be pre-requisites, meaning they are required before she can move on to more advanced engineering courses.

The remainder of her courses will depend on which discipline of engineering she wants to go into.

In college, trade school, etc., what she does outside of class is just as important as her grades.  Most employers aren’t concerned about hiring the top of the class, they’re concerned about hiring people who can lead the business to a success.

Gaining experience through internships (paid or unpaid), being involved with professional organizations, learning skills outside of her coursework, or completing research projects are far more important things to put on a resume than a perfect grade point average.

Additionally, many of these outside activities can introduce her to professionals in her preferred career field. These relationships can even eventually result in a job offer.

Aside from giving her a leg up on her professional development, the extracurricular activities will also help her learn what she really wants to do.  She’ll be exposed to real-world experiences, which can differ greatly from the things she learns in college.

Remember, one of the greatest assets your daughter has is you. By taking the time to nurture your daughter’s passions, you can help her to succeed. Just as each engirlneer has a different skill set and specialty, so will your daughter. Encourage her to question the world around her. Ask her to share her observations with you. By developing this relationship with your engirlneer, you are helping to instill a life-l