Students have all kinds of questions about how to prepare for life after college.
- “Is my major or program the right one for me?”
- “How can I maximize my summer experience through internships?”
- “What do I want to do after graduation?”
- “Should I go for a master’s or PhD degree?
We’ve compiled a list of helpful resources and answers to these questions and more.
Read these articles on deciding what you value when shaping your career, goals, and life.
As you shape your values, you will have questions about your career preparation.
- Discuss questions with your faculty advisor or Academic Program Manager Mike Bernard about your major or program and if it’s the right choice for you .
- Decide whether or not to go to graduate school.
These resources can help you with the “mechanics” of career planning.
- The Johns Hopkins Life Design Lab offers career planning and research help, networking and why it’s important, resume critiques, interviewing, career fairs, and employer information sessions.
- LinkedIn – create an account and connect with contacts everywhere – fellow students, alumni, mechanical engineers, other engineering professionals. Check out these articles for good information.
- Join the JHU Department of Mechanical Engineering LinkedIn group!
- Visit the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook to learn more about careers.
- Alumni are a rich source of career opportunities!
- The Johns Hopkins ASME Chapter seeks internship and job opportunities from our alumni and connects them to current students. Contact email@example.com for information.
- Contact Mike Bernard, who has a list of over 1000 bachelor’s and over 500 master’s and PhD alumni and where they started their careers, as well as hundreds of employers where our alumni work. He can connect you.
- Contact Prof. Nathan Scott, who has connections to many employers who have provided design projects to our senior and master’s design students.
- Read this article on “How to Network in College.”
Jobs and Internships
- Join JHU Mechanical Engineering’s LinkedIn group – find job and networking opportunities here.
- The JHU Life Design Lab has a jobs and internship hunting tips page.
- Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland – connect to potential employers in the region.
- Watch your e-mail for internship and job opportunities sent from the MechE department!
- The US Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobseeker page has a rich information source of careers, jobs, and career outlooks.
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers Career Center. Info about…
- AKATech: This site offers academic positions in mechanical engineering and many other fields.
- Career Cornerstone Center: The site offers comprehensive lists of employers by scientific discipline, which can be a good starting point in a job search. In addition, there are career profiles of engineers currently in the field.
- Engineering Central: Lists engineering jobs, with a special page just for entry-level postings and job banks for each category of engineering.
- Engineer Info: Millions of jobs from thousands of websites including Monster, Careerbuilder, Hotjobs and Dice.
- EngineeringJobs.com: The site offers job databases, resume postings and professional societies.
- Engineeroxy.com: Academic careers in engineering and technology
Interviewing and Other Resources
View and download this handy guide for undergraduate Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics students for actions to take each of their four years. Refer to it often!
Visit these pages to learn more where our alumni are realizing successful careers!
- BS First Destinations, how our undergraduate alumni fare in the months following graduation.
- Master’s Alumni
- PhD Alumni
You are also welcome to contact Mike Bernard, Academic Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can share information on the careers and current employers of the vast majority of our alumni.
- The Johns Hopkins Life Design Lab – Garland 389 – 410-516-8056
- PHutures for PhD students – Roshni Rao
- Mechanical Engineering
Life Design Lab
Through the LDL, you have access to life design programs and courses, experiential learning opportunities, and connections with alumni and employers.