Working as an engineer is a very popular career choice. It is no surprise when you consider the engineering degree graduates are amongst the highest paid professions, and recent engineering school graduates are some of the highest paid new graduates in the country. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that many engineering degree programs are extremely competitive. Students can find the process of applying for engineering school to be quite daunting. To help, here is alist of things you can do to help your engineering school application make its way to the top of the pile.
Get good grades in high school
This probably seems obvious, but a mistake some engineering degree candidates make is to focus on classes that will help them get into engineering school. While math and science courses will certainly provide a strong background for your engineering courses, remember that the engineering school you apply to is going to look at your grades as a whole. Therefore, you need strong grades in courses that are unrelated to your engineering courses, too. While you may not use the knowledge you earn in social studies for your engineering courses, you still need a good grade to boost your average.
You won’t apply for engineering school until your senior year, but you should be thinking about it in advance of your application. Many schools will have pre-requisites at the grade 12 level only, but remember that in order to take those grade 12 courses; you will need to have passed the corresponding grade 11 courses.
Engage in extracurricular activities
Volunteering, clubs, and participation in school events or politics is important. All of these things can help boost your engineering school application, and show that you are able to multi-task, and handle the pressures and responsibility of outside activities. If you are interested in a specific area of engineering, think about a club or group that might correspond to that. For example, if you are interested in a computer engineering degree, maybe you will want to join a computer club at school.
Ask for recommendations
Even if your engineering degree doesn’t require recommendations, it never hurts to pass along good words from former teachers. If you have a teacher who you know would speak highly of you, ask for a recommendation letter to include with your application.
Ace the interview
As a condition of acceptance, many engineering degree programs will ask you to come in for an interview. This will typically involve meeting with admissions staff. Do your research ahead of time and ask informed questions. If you are planning to interview at several schools, try to arrange interviews at the schools you are less interested in first for practice.
Do your research
Applying for engineering school is a lot like a job application. Yes, they are deciding whether or not to accept you, but you also need to find the school that is the right fit for you. Do your research, and if you can, visit the schools in person. Make sure you are choosing an engineering school that matches what you are looking for in terms of size, location, and even tuition fees.
If you follow these steps, your engineering degree application ill certainly make its way to the top of the pile. Good luck!