If you are interested in designing brand new electronics, help create the world’s fastest computer, or build a car that runs on electricity, you might want to become an electrical engineer.

  1. Choose electrical engineering as your major during your undergraduate years in university. If you have enough time to do the extra course work, consider taking on an academic minor in management, chemistry, physics, or a second language to complement engineering well.

  2. Apply what you have learned in the classroom at student electrical engineering clubs and activities. Many engineering schools take part in nationwide solar-powered car-building events or robotics competitions. These clubs can also help you build your resume and list of professional references.

  3. Do some undergraduate research with your professors. If you have to complete a research project during your senior year, getting research experience during your first few years of university will help you. You will also be able to network with people in the industry through contacts of your professor’s.

  4. Join an organisation for electrical engineers, including the Institution of Engineers Singapore for job opportunities and to keep up with the latest trends in the industry.

  5. Keep up-to-date on electrical engineering advancements. To be an excellent electrical engineer, your education doesn’t end when you finish university. Talk to your employer about paying for trade magazine subscriptions or funding your graduate studies.

Recent electrical engineering graduates might face a competitive job market. If you want to be an engineer fresh out of school, internship experience and extracurricular activities can help make your resume stand out.

To achieve your career goals of becoming an electrical engineer, visit Career Change. For more tips and guidelines on other fields of engineering, visit www.stjobs.sg