Career Help

Undergraduate Career Planning

Your job search can start as soon as you arrive at the university. Although everyone's path is unique, the career planning timetable below will give you ideas about the benefits of planning ahead. Completing the recommended activities in the appropriate year will help you develop valuable experience and skills and make the best career decisions. ECAC is here to help you every step of the way.

Plan your future and engineer your career!

First Year:

  • Register with ECAC
  • Create a resume and have ECAC review it
  • Familiarize yourself with ECAC resources
  • Think about your interests, skills, and work values
  • Attend appropriate ECAC workshops
  • Participate in ECAC's Externship Program
  • Attend other workshops at UT, including academic review sessions and career or interest workshops
  • Consider joining UT chapters of professional organizations in your major (e.g., AIAA, AIChE, ASCE, ASME, IEEE, AES, SPE)
  • Consider other student organizations
  • Volunteer at engineering career fairs (Expo)
  • Consider creating profile on LinkedIn

Sophomore Year:

  • Register early with ECAC
  • Look into the Co-op Program and and consider applying
  • Update your resume and have ECAC review it
  • Create or update LinkedIn profile
  • Attend relevant ECAC workshops
  • Network with employers at engineering career fairs, other career fairs, workshops, and on-campus events
  • Attend employer information sessions
  • Participate in ECAC's Externship Program and campus interviewing for intern or co-op positions
  • Use ECAC online job postings and other job sites
  • Seek work experience that allows you to explore your interests
  • If you don’t know what you want to do, meet with an ECAC counselor
  • Renew membership in student organizations

Junior Year:

  • Register early with ECAC and Co-op Program
  • Update your resume and have ECAC review it
  • Update LinkedIn profile and use LinkedIn in job search
  • Attend ECAC workshops to refine job search skills
  • Participate in engineering career fairs and ECAC's Externship Program
  • Attend employer information sessions
  • Interview on campus
  • Check ECAC online job postings weekly
  • Network and maintain professional contacts
  • Seek experience to explore your interests and enhance skills
  • Consider leadership roles in professional organizations

Senior Year:

  • Register in August with ECAC
  • Update your resume and have ECAC review it
  • Update your LinkedIn profile and use LinkedIn in job search
  • Attend ECAC workshops
  • Participate in engineering career fairs and other career fairs of interest
  • Submit your resume for employment opportunities
  • Attend employer information sessions
  • Use additional job search strategies (job postings, direct targeting of companies, etc.)
  • Prepare for site visits with employers
  • Take leadership roles in professional organizations
  • If you need help with career decisions, meet with an ECAC counselor
  • Remember that you can use ECAC services after you graduate