The New Engineering Graduates’ Guide to Adulting

It’s a whole different out world out there for new engineering graduates. Here’s some advice to help you get going after graduation.

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After years of painstaking hard work at the university, new engineering graduates get faced with the question: “what now?” If you’re one of these new grads that have no idea how “adulting” works, or how to move forward in general, here’s some advice for you.

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Get your values straight

Remember when you had to spearhead a project at school? Or how you had to stay positive even after failing a class? Or how you got up, took action, and saved your grades? Those values apply to the real world as well. Resilience, Positivity, and Proactiveness are good traits to get you on the right track.

Get to know yourself

Every job that you take is a step towards your goal. Think about what you want to achieve in this field, and start working towards it. It might not be easy to get there, but every step counts.

Not everything will go your way

Imagine not getting that job you so desperately dreamed of. Instead, you end up at a job where you think you are too good for. Why not do the best you can with what’s in front of you. Most of the time, opportunities spring from the most unexpected situations.

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Learn from your mistakes

Everybody makes mistakes, especially when they’re starting out. Not everyone is perfect at their first jobs, and you shouldn’t think you should be perfect at it either. It’s okay to have mistakes, but the most important thing is to own up to them. Pick yourself up and move forward

Get to know the people around you

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Building connections is one of the best assets you’ll have in the future. Take time to get to know the people around you. If you want to maintain a good relationship but don’t know where to start, invite them out to lunch or for some drinks. Cherish good relationships and stay away from the bad ones.


No matter where you are and no matter which company you get into, respect begets respect. A simple ‘good morning’ to your boss and your co-workers helps people see you in a better light. A person who smiles ahead attracts positivity. Practice courtesy, and people will respect your voice more.

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Engineer. Writer. Artist. Gamer. Musician. She dreams of building a time machine and help kittens take over the world. Is secretly the pink power ranger in real life.


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