More than 1,100 University of Cincinnati students attended Engineer Your Major, a conference last fall designed to help students explore the many educational and job tracks in engineering.
Presented by the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science, Office of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education and Learning Commons, the event offered 30 online sessions featuring panels of more than 40 engineering industry professionals, college faculty and students, and presenters covering a variety of exploratory options like cooperative education (co-op), ACCEND, international co-op, undergraduate research, study abroad and non-traditional pathways like law, K-12 education, and technical sales.
This event expands students’ understanding of what engineers do and shows the wide range of career options they will have with a degree from the college. About 10% of attendees have not yet declared a major, so hearing a variety of perspectives on the reality of engineering can better inform their choice. For students who have declared their major, the experience can offer reassurance that they made the right choice.
The event also gives first-year engineering students a head start as they search for their first co-op this spring.