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Questions for recent graduates of engineering, was it hard to find a job related to your degree these days?

I'm a senior undergraduate mechanical engineering student graduating in 2 semesters from a state univ and i'm worried that i am not gonna be able to find an engineering-related job within six months after graduation. I've never had any engineering related job like internships and co-op. I'm planning to get one in the summer of 09 but looking at the economy right now and my inexperience I don't think I'm gonna get one. Do I really have any good chances of getting a job or internship? I have a 3.5 GPA. I am member of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. I am also a member of the American Society of Mech Engr. English is not my native language and I speak with an accent. I am working as cashier in a pharmacy store which is obviously not related to engineering. All the jobs that I've held in the past were only retail and customer service oriented. I need some advice. Please convince me that an engineering degree is still worth it during this recession season. You recent graduates, how did you get a job? was it easy to get a job. Did you get a job that is engineering oriented? Or as of now, are you still struggling to find one? Should I quit engineering and instead go to the community college and get an Associate's Degree in Nursing? I really need to get a job after college or else I'm gonna be kick-out of the house!

Asked By: shoorey - 1/3/2009
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there are plenty of jobs out there for people who want to work. The problem I see when hiring (and I hire engineers) is most kids just graduating have way too high salary expectations and way too low of a work ethic. So if you work hard, are competent, and don't need 100K to start you should be ok. Start looking now... More
Answered By: kc7jva - 1/3/2009
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I was an engineering graduate and didn't have experience. I never got hired. you shud definitely quit engineering and go to nursing school. Health industry is where the money is. you will never regret quitting engineering believe me! and since you don't speak english you might as well consider quitting school and work... More
Answered By: geekoc - 1/3/2009
 
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