I graduated with a Computer Science degree in May 2016.
I am currently working for the MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts as a Cybersecurity Software Engineer.
Being a member of SWE expanded my professional network and helped me develop skills I needed to obtain my internships and current employment.
My advice to undergraduates is to start looking for internships early and apply as many places as possible!
Getting your foot in the door early on is key.
I finished my Masters thesis and degree in Civil Engineering in December 2017. I am now a stormwater engineer at Arcadis in
Greensboro, North Carolina. As a member of SWE, I was able to interact with other women going through the same process as me, and I got
introduced to new ideas and companies through various events. I made friends and mentors that I still keep in touch with today.
two pieces of advice as a student (and again as a Teaching Assistant). First, if you're in a difficult class - ask for help! Professors and
TAs are there to help you, and we really do want to help. Word of advice from a TA, we wish you had come to us for help when we see how you
perform on homework assignments. Asking questions does not reflect poorly on you.
Second, ask for advice - talk to other students in your
programs, your advisors, and your TAs. We've been through this already and for the most part, if you love your degree, you're willing to
talk about it. Take it all in! College truly does go by way too fast. It's amazing how much growth you can see in yourself and the
relationships you make. There is nothing truer, in my mind, than Tech embracing the This is Home tagline.
SWE is just one of those homes.
I graduated in May 2017 with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Since interning at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan after my junior year, I am now in the Ford College Graduate program in the Powertrain Manufacturing department. SWE helped me get a sense of what I should be doing when I was a freshman/sophomore. Going to the meetings allowed me to interact with other female engineering students, learn about different majors that Tech offers, and receive tips to be successful in college.
My advice to current college students is to get involved as much as possible. Tech has hundreds of academic clubs that host open events for tech talks, workshops, and seminars (they often have free food too!). You can get involved with people at these events, and as you probably heard a million times, networking is key when it comes to finding a job. Take advantage of all the opportunities and you will excel at getting what you want.