Finding a job can be hard. I’m hunting for one for the summer, and I’ve applied for everything from teaching to construction to rocket science. I haven’t quite entered panic mode, but I’m getting there. Fortunately, Dartmouth has a ton of resources available for anyone’s job search. While navigating Career Services was confusing at first (apparently when they ask what kind of job you’re looking for, you’re not supposed to say “whatever I can get”), they were able to help by supplying databases of companies, career fairs, and sample resumes and applications. I literally didn’t know what a cover letter was before I read their guidebook, but now I’m cranking them out with no trouble. Job hunting isn’t any less intimidating, but at least I feel prepared instead of lost.
I was even lucky enough to travel to Silicon Valley over winter break through a program from Thayer School of Engineering Career Services, visiting engineering companies in the Bay Area like Google, Facebook, and Tesla. I got to know other engineers, meet tons of incredible alumni, and get out of the snowy northeast. I don’t know if I could ever land a job at a company like the ones we toured, but the optimism I saw at every company was incredibly inspiring. Both the passion for positive change and the level of engineering prowess made me much more confident in a better future (read: self-driving cars). I guess it made me change my answer from “whatever I can get” to “whatever I can do to be a part of this”.