When students reach their senior year of college, many feel overwhelmed or even intimidated by the idea of transitioning to the workforce. Kenneth Buckley, the assistant dean for the Office of Career Management in the Hankamer School of Business, noted that he commonly sees this manifest through “procrastinating due to the fear of the unknown or the fear of failure.”
To combat any anxieties about the future, the School Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) partnered with the Hankamer School of Business’s Office of Career Management to prepare and encourage ECS students so they are more confident in their career searches. This partnership offers students the opportunity to develop a range of professional skills prior to formally applying for jobs, making them more competitive hires.
Tom Brooks, assistant director of student engagement for ECS, works in the Office and is dedicated solely to working with engineering or computer science majors. Brooks provides one-on-one coaching, resume reviews, career advice, mock interviews, and anything else students may need in preparation for transitioning from the University into a career.
“We have fantastic students in ECS. One of the qualities that I’ve seen across the board is the students’ humility surrounding their abilities, achievements and accomplishments,” Brooks said. “My job is to bring those to light as we build their personal ‘brand’ through resumes, interviews, and ultimately job offer negotiations.”
The interview can be the most nerve-wracking, but important step of the hiring process. By offering a mock interview service, students have the chance to work on their skill in a risk-free setting.
“Mistakes will inevitably be made during the interview process,” Brooks said. “The idea of the mock interview is to expose any shortcomings and encourage strengths before it is a real interview situation with the employer.”
The Office also provides services to help students polish their social media profiles and use sites like LinkedIn, making their qualifications and experiences stand out to potential employers while allowing them to build and maintain networks across the country.
Buckley’s biggest piece of advice to students in planning for their futures is to “cast a wide net” and “plan on applying to many opportunities.”
With a rapidly developing job market in the technology and engineering fields, career management skills are important for future success as well.
“The most important thing we do in career management is teach our students how to use these resources so they can ‘career manage’ their future employment options once they leave Baylor and are seeking opportunities five or ten years down the road,” Brooks said.
Out of 180 ECS graduates in May 2018, 150 found full-time employment:
Student Placement Rate:
74% at Graduation; 83% at 90 days after graduation
Average Base Salary:
$68.5K (8 over $100K)
Average Sign-On Bonus:
Job Locations: TX, CA, NC, AZ, MO, CO, UT, DE, WA, IL, MN, MT, MA, NY, GA, OK, TN, AR, FL, NE, SC, Spain.
Computer Science majors
96% - average base salary $75.5k with $4.8k sign-on bonus
Electrical Engineering majors
82% - average base salary $65.1k
with $5.6k sign-on bonus
Mechanical Engineering majors
81% - average base salary $66.9k
with $5.1k sign-on bonus
100% - average base salary $75.3k
with $8.5k sign-on bonus
50% - average base salary $61k
with $5k sign-on bonus
71% of graduates
had an internship prior to graduation