Add value to your resume by joining a project team
by Rachel Kaschner | October 17, 2008
A lot of resumes I see are a whole lot of the same…everyone starts off including the rollercoaster, robot, or bridge project on their resume. The descriptions are similar, thus not doing much to “set you apart” from your peers in terms of engineering project experience. Getting involved with a student project team enhances your engineering experience, shows that you pursue your chosen field outside of the classroom, builds your leadership skills and makes your resume more attractive to employers.
Currently, there are almost 20 engineering project teams. The projects range from rockets to robotics, bioenvironmental design to bridge building, and many more. Check out the comprehensive list here:
You might notice that some of the teams’ websites aren’t working. I recommend just emailing the faculty advisor for the project team to make contact with the group.
Engineering project teams vary in terms of time commitment. Before you rule them out because you “have no free time”, consider contacting the group or attending a meeting to learn more. In this increasingly competitive job market, you’ll be glad you did.
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."