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Asked by John on July 20, 2017

I graduated with a master's in mechanical engineering, but aside from research work, I do not have formal industry experience in my field. It's been about a year since my graduation and I've had no luck finding a position so far; has the window passed for me to find a career opportunity within my field of study?

Answered by Amber, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on August 2, 2017

You have not missed your opportunity! Try to focus on entry-level positions, meaning they are open to new graduates. Keep an eye out for rotational programs also.
On your resume try to highlight your extracurricular activities, coursework and GPA (if it’s good). Be sure to provide specific details about your responsibilities in the research roles. You will be surprised how much of that experience is relevant. Also, stay busy during your job search. Take online courses, volunteer, or take jobs that may be a little out of your desired profession. Hiring managers/recruiters will want to know what you’ve been doing since graduation. And as always, NETWORK.

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Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on August 14, 2017

You are not out of the running!  Focus on entry-level roles that do not need much experience in order to better your odds of getting hired.  I suggest reviewing your resume and determining if you are fully marketing your capabilities, experience and qualifications.  If you have not fleshed out your research experience to explain what you have learned and what skills you have acquired do so.  Network, network, network.  I cannot stress this enough - while you are in between posts right now you need to keep building your network in order to make those necessary connections with future employeers.  Keep yourself productive, continuing education, volunteerism, consulting, whatever you can do to keep active is best for both your personally as well as professionally.

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