College Graduates Shown the Way to Successful Careers

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Engineering Expert Offers Career Readiness Advice for Students

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It’s another college graduation season, and despite the tight jobs market facing most graduates, the future is bright for engineering students. Some engineering specialties are projected to grow a whopping 72 percent over the next decade. Indeed, the top five college majors leading to high salaries are petroleum, aerospace, chemical, electrical, and nuclear engineering, according to the 2010-11 PayScale College Salary Report.

But while students may leave school “book” smart, they may not necessarily be “career” smart, in the sense that they might not have the broader skills necessary for the difficult transition to professional success. So Dean Millar, the Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo, decided to fill in that knowledge gap. The result is an engaging new book that challenges engineering students to create their own future and gives them the information and encouragement to do it.

Ready for Takeoff! A Winning Process for Launching Your Engineering Career combines Millar’s 28 years of industrial experience with his 17 years of delivering a career preparatory course for engineering students. Millar’s plain-spoken approach, with examples and insights from industry experts, explains the steps students should take to identify, and then go after, the right engineering job. The book is published by Pearson, the world’s leading learning company.

“I am passionate about showing engineering students how they can realize their full potential through an engineering career ‘owner’s manual’,” said Millar. “Ready for Takeoff! is a professional and life success book that will help those who read and act on its contents to take off, well prepared, into the engineering careers that suit them best.”

With career advice and expectations from 32 industry insiders, including CEOs and engineering directors, the book explores career development and the finer points of success in the field, such as leadership, motivation, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Millar helps students assess their skills and abilities and how they match opportunities in the job market, and explains the basics of a successful job hunt, including resume writing, taking advantage of university career centers, and the dos and don’ts of the interview process. In addition, Millar encourages students to broaden their vision, pointing out that the career choices for engineering students are nearly unlimited, with many engineers moving into management, law, finance, education or the medical fields.

“Now is the time for unprecedented opportunity for engineering students to develop careers that optimize their best skills, interests, values, and societal needs,” said Millar. “In the right environment, they can solve important problems, perhaps create new technologies, and enjoy a career of lasting reward and significance.”

About The Author
Dean Millar is an Assistant Dean at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. In 1994 he began the Engineering Career Institute, a program that complements engineering coursework and gives engineering students real-world professional skills, including pre-employment classes and credit-worthy industrial employment experience. In the past 17 years he has helped over 2000 engineering student launch their careers through the Engineering Career Institute, internships, and co-op programs.

About Pearson
Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global reach and market leading businesses in education, business and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO).

Media Contact: Rod Granger, rod(dot)granger(at)pearson(dot)com or (800) 745-8489

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