With the longest winter break of our lives quickly approaching, it is important to take a break from schoolwork to relax and unwind. During this time, one thing you can do to help develop professionally is spend some time learning and applying skills that will make you stand out in the job market!
One of the most important components of an engineering resume is your skill set. Through the EDD introduction classes at Binghamton, freshman engineering majors are able to display how they have learned and applied programs like SolidWorks, MATLAB, and Excel in their class projects. This already makes you a desirable candidate for a summer internship, co-op, or research opportunity. Realizing the skills you already possess is the first step to learning how to express your experience with them on your resume, in cover letters, and in interviews.
To take a step beyond this, and to take advantage of the prolonged winter break this year, there are many resources you can use to further expand your skill set. One of these is the list of micro-credential certifications provided by the Watson College of Engineering. These courses are asynchronous, online classes with evaluations at the end that, when passed, will allow you to show certification in skills like data science, python programming, or Lean Six Sigma methodologies. Some of these courses will be free for the upcoming break, see the Watson Career and Alumni Connections website for more information on how to enroll for these courses. Another way to grow your skill base is to take online courses from websites like EdX and Udemy where you are able to learn skills from world-class institutions. Many of these courses are free and some require a small fee, but all link to an online certification that can be attached to your LinkedIn profile!
Growing your skills is one way to stand out the next time you apply to a job or internship and can help you in future class projects. Make sure to develop both your skills and your understanding of your skillset during this upcoming break!