Advice from Alumni

  • Never let anyone tell you that something can’t be done. Everything can be done with enough effort.
  • It’s not just the technology, but how we could use that technology to solve business issues.
  • Get an internship or co-op during your undergraduate tenure.
  • Network professionally and personally.
  • Read at least 2 professional or personal development books during your undergrad tenure.
  • If you have a job during your college career, save as much money as you can.
  • Teach someone how to do something you love.
  • Update your LinkedIn.
  • College is not only preparation for the real world, but it is a time and place to decide what is really important in your own heart.
  • Don’t ever stop learning. Not just in education but also in stepping back and listening to those around you. Pay attention to what is happening around you. And any idea, big or small, whether you think it’s dumb or not, go for it - it maybe the next thing to help us all.
  • Learn outside of class; it will set you apart.
  • Keep learning; don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Impress your classmates with your hard work because one day they will hire you, recommend you, or strive to be like you!
  • The world of computing is ever changing. Welcome to a life of learning.
  • It’s never a wrong time to do the right thing.
  • C’s get degrees, more importantly a salary. An internship + a degree =  6 figures
  • Question and always be curious – think with out-of-the-box solutions to into-the-box problems.
  • It is completely fine to fail at something, but learning from your mistakes is what turns the experience into a success.
  • Stay Hungry! Stay Curious!
  • Don’t stop when you graduate. A diploma is simply your license to really start learning. Roll up your sleeves, find something that you love and lets you make a difference, and get busy. If you do that, it won’t be work.
  • Engage yourselves within your community, whether in work or within life; stay engaged!
  • Nobody cares if you got an A or a B or a C on your 2nd try at Thermodynamics, Data Structures or Operating Systems; people care how you can apply your ability to learn when collaborating with them and others on a common goal.
  • Learn GIT & source control; learn as many frameworks & languages as possible; web design goes far; do co-ops and internships
  • It doesn’t matter how much you know; it matters how willing you are to learn.
  • Make sure to get a co-op and/or internship.
  • Be careful how many loans you take during your time.
  • Don’t take the safe, easy path. Dare to do great things. Dare to be a disruptor.
  • “You don’t hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills.” – Simon Sinek
  • Focus on learning something new every day! Pick a boss, not a job! Treat people the way they want to be treated!
  • Don’t wait until you graduate to decide what you want to do when you graduate. Do internships, co-ops, part time jobs or whatever to get your name out, get experience and try to figure out what field/area you are passionate about and enjoy.
  •  The further you allow your love for your career carry you, the better. Extra curriculars in Software and Systems Engineering are copious, fun, and are fantastic educationals. Meet ups, conferences, etc. Do all of the ones that interest you!

 

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