/ Asked by Supreeth
After my graduation in industrial engineering it was eight month struggle to find a job at a manufacturing company as a trainee in marketing. Its already three months and I now feel that I really want to work as a production engineering rather than what I'm doing currently. Do I need to start looking a new job or continue working in this field just to gain more experience?
Answered by Monica, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Thursday, June 9, 2016
The good news is that you’re already actively working in the industry you’re interested in.  At this stage of your early career, being a recent grad, it is OK to pursue opportunities that best fit your career goals.  Ultimately, if you’re not happy with your current job, you’ll most likely end up moving on.  The question is - can you learn new skills at your current job that could eventually transfer into useful skills within Production Engineering?  Beyond having a job, you’d want to start working toward building a solid career path.  And sometimes we don’t realize that within our career path we may in fact be required to have knowledge and skills that are outside of our educational background, such as finance and budgets knowledge, marketing skills, sales experience, customer service acumen, etc.  Basically, you could already be sitting in a role that provides a great learning opportunity while you search for your next career move.
Another advantage of working while searching is that you are able to directly network with the production team and engineers who already work at your current organization.  Building a reliable and trustworthy career network is important.  Maybe the organization holds Kaizen or Lean events that you can participate in, or committees you can join; either will provide you with opportunities to network with peers and even utilize your engineering knowledge and skills - or learn new ones.
Ultimately, it does make sense that you move on to a role that best suits your career goals.  However, learning new skills and building your network while searching are a great way to optimize the role you’re currently in.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, June 10, 2016
The key, in a highly competitive job market like engineering, is to find something that will differentiate you from others who are searching for a job.  It may be that staying in your current role and gaining experience that you can put on your resume could be that differentiator, but you will have to decide if the experience that you gain will be relevant to the engineering field that you want to get into.  Bottom line, you should be open to anything.  That may mean that despite the fact that you already have your degree, you should pursue an internship in the production engineering field that interests you.  Or maybe you go back and pursue a Master's or more course work in this area.  Also, be flexible in where you are looking for a job.  Be willing to move to other locations, as this may be the key to find the exact type of role you want.  Again, do not rule anything out.  There is not one common path to go to get to the job you want.  Considering all options and going with what is best for you will eventually get you the job you want.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Great question! This is something that is not uncommon and I would suggest looking into a career in production engineering. I would recommend partnering closely with your university's career center so that you can take advantage of their professional network. Many times companies will go to the universities that they have a relationship with to reach out and get in touch with their alumni to fill open positions. It can be a great resource for you! Best of luck.


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