Center for Engineering Career Development Blog

We prepare our students to make smart, strategic career decisions throughout their professional lives. Through professional advising and counseling, students can build their understanding of job search and career self-management processes, identify their strengths and interests, and connect with prospective employers so they gain confidence and competence as they plan for their future.

    5 ways you can maximize your summer experience

    February 12, 2020

    Summer offers students the ephemeral opportunity to get experience beyond the limitations of a classroom or the larger Charlottesville area. But aside from getting a summer job or internship, many students wonder how they’ll be able to fill up those long, warm summer days. The list of opportunities below comes from the recent “Summer Experiences Resources Fair'' and details unique, lesser-known opportunities for undergraduate students to make the most of their summer. 

    4 things to expect from an information session

    February 05, 2020

    While all companies treat their information sessions somewhat differently, you can always expect to leave one feeling more knowledgeable about a company or a particular role. Whether it’s a formal presentation, a roundtable discussion, or a moderated Q&A, all information sessions offer a similar value to prospective hires. Read on to learn 4 things you can expect from any information session. 

    Alumni Spotlight: Biomedical Engineering Researcher - Garrett Beeghly

    January 21, 2020

    In our Alumni Spotlight series, we ask alumni to tell us about their careers and how their UVA experiences prepared them for life after the Lawn.

    Meet Garrett Beeghly, a 2017 Biomedical Engineering graduate who minored in Engineering Business. Garrett was the Editor-in-Chief of The Spectra Engineering and Science Research Journal, Member of the Raven Society, Rodman Scholar, Member of the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. 

    UVA BME alum Garrett Beeghly

    Heading to a networking event? Use this simple exercise to craft your "pitch"

    January 15, 2020

    With a career fair and lots of great employer events coming up this semester, now is a great time to hone your elevator pitch. If an elevator pitch seems intimidating, it’s helpful to think of it as less of a “pitch” and more of an introduction. It’s a great tool to help you effectively foster connections at networking events and create new connections online. If you’re stuck on what you should include in your pitch, here is an exercise to give you some ideas.

    Alumni Spotlight: Software Engineer - Hanbin Cho

    December 12, 2019

    In our Alumni Spotlight series, we ask alumni to tell us about their careers and how their UVA experiences prepared them for life after the Lawn.

    Meet Hanbin Cho, a December 2016 Computer Engineering graduate who enjoyed studying abroad three times. Hanbin immigrated to the US from South Korea in 8th grade and enjoys traveling, yoga, meditation, and cooking. 

    Hanbin Cho in Montreal

    How to advance your job search during the holidays

    December 04, 2019


    As finals come to an end and we transition into the blissful period of relaxation we call “Winter Break”, it can be tempting to let the job or internship search come to a halt. But the extra free time and ability to reconnect with family and friends can offer a great platform for extending your network and finding new career opportunities. So, make sure to capitalize upon your time at home and continue your job or internship search with these few steps. 

    Alumni Spotlight: Operations Engineering Manager - Jessica Lin

    November 19, 2019

    In our Alumni Spotlight series, we ask alumni to tell us about their careers and how their UVa experiences prepared them for life after the Lawn.

    Meet Jessica Lin, a 2017 Systems Engineering grad who minored in Engineering Business. During her time at UVA, Jessica studied/went abroad 4 times:
     – Global Technology Practice (GTP) in Stuttgart, Germany as a summer abroad program in 2014
     – Spring 2015 Semester Exchange at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology  
     – Research Exchange at University of Sao Paulo during Summer 2016
     – Presented at the Society of Risk Analysis (SRA) Europe conference in Lisbon, Portugal in June of 2017 

    UVA alumna Jessica Lin at Seattle Space Needle