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Engineering Success - Five Tips for Aspiring Engineers

In recognition of National Engineering month, we are shining a light on the many engineers in our organization and the training they acquired. Studying engineering is no easy feat! From managing course loads to finding the perfect work term, students can often find themselves overwhelmed and stressed. So, who better to pass on some words of wisdom to up-and-coming engineers than a recent engineering graduate?  


Molly Boyle, a recent University of New Brunswick graduate, was offered a full-time job after completing a work term with the Pulp & Paper Division. Now working as an Associate Electrical Engineer for Irving Forest Services, she shares her top tips to excel in your engineering studies and land a full-time job after graduating.


1. Form a Study Group

Keeping on top of your engineering workload can be daunting! Working with a group of your classmates is a great way to lessen the load, make friends and can expose you to different ideas or problem-solving approaches.


2. Get Involved

Joining clubs and societies at your university is an amazing way to meet other engineering students and build community. You’ll surely be able to find at least one organization that piques your interest! Student-led societies can also be the perfect opportunity to develop your leadership, communication and problem-solving skills.


3. Learn How to Learn

Learning what study habits work best for you can be just as important as the material you learn in class! Some people benefit from independently reading textbooks, while others might talk things over with a group or make use of a professor’s office hours. Finding the right method for you will help you set yourself up for academic success.


4. Expand Your Network

It’s never too early to start building your professional network. Attending conferences, industry events and workshops or joining your provincial engineering society are all great ways to make professional connections. Recent graduates can also provide advice for joining the workforce after graduation – don’t be afraid to reach out!


5. Take Breaks

Make it a priority to take care of yourself. Incorporating breaks into your study schedule and getting outside for some fresh air can help make long days more manageable. Sometimes getting a good night’s sleep before an exam is more beneficial than a few extra hours of late-night studying!