Career Development and Corporate Relations

Brown-Kopel Student Center, Suite 1133

344-844-2250

About CDCR

The mission of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations (CDCR) is to equip students to discover, develop, and launch purposeful careers. We do so by:

  • Providing customized, student-centered career development coaching and resources
  • Cultivating industry-focused partnerships.

The CDCR serves all degree-seeking students in the College of Engineering in all majors, years, and degree levels. Students may also use services provided by the Auburn University Career Center.

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Services

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Drop-In Advising

Quick conversations for resume and cover letter reviews, networking, career fair prep, job search strategies, and more. No appointment needed. First come, first serve!

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:30 PM
Fridays, 10 AM - 12 PM
Brown-Kopel Suite 1133

 

Scheduled Appointments

Reserve a time to talk about your career questions

  • Career Fair Prep
  • Cover Letter Assistance
  • Graduate School Prep
  • Internship Search
  • Job Search
  • LinkedIn / Social Media
  • Mock Interview
  • Major / Career Exploration
  • Resume Assistance

    Fall and Spring Semesters: Schedule on Handshake at auburn.joinhandshake.com
    Summer: Contact Jessica Bowers at jgbowers@auburn.edu

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Your Career Roadmap

The Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations offers trustworthy, customized guidance for each stage of your journey. Whether it is choosing your major, finding an internship, or prepping for that first interview, we’re here to guide you as you discover, develop, and launch a purposeful career.

Course Selection

  • Familiarize yourself with engineering requirements and explore interest areas
  • Complete pre-engineering courses

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your advisor each semester to discuss class schedule and academic plan
  • Check out free Engineering Student Services tutoring, study partners, and academic coaching
  • Visit the Engineering Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations to discuss majors of interest and begin career planning

Gain Experience + Get Involved

  • Check out AU Involve to identify organizations of interest. Join at least one service, interest, or leadership organization
  • Explore engineering student organizations that pertain to your potential major and career interests
  • Explore the Co-op Program. Co-op Information Sessions take place during the first 3 weeks of each semester

Design Your Future Career

  • Begin creating a professional resume
  • Register on Handshake at joinhandshake.auburn.edu
  • Identify someone in a professional position of interest to you. Schedule a time to talk with them about that they do! This is called an informational interview

Course Selection

  • Maintain a strong GPA, seek academic support early and often
  • Continue to meet with your advisor every semester. Discuss future elective course options
  • Complete gateway courses and consider appropriate elective course options
  • Consider adding a minor

Ask for Assistance

  • Form study groups with classmates. Continue to seek free academic support resources such as Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction, and academic coaching
  • Continue to meet with your academic advisor each semester
  • Visit the Engineering Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations to help you build a resume and identify strategies for your internship search

Gain Experience + Get Involved

  • Join a career-related organization or professional association. Consider a leadership role this year or for the future
  • Seek out one or more job shadowing opportunities in your areas of interest
  • Identify and complete an internship or co-op opportunity
  • Develop your skills through part-time jobs, volunteering, team or organization projects
  • Consider exploring undergraduate research. Learn more through Engineering Undergraduate Research and University Undergraduate Research. Talk to faculty and advisors for guidance

Design Your Future Career

  • Update your resume with experiences from your first year of college. Gradually remove high school experiences over time
  • Research specific careers and qualifications using the career resources provided by the AU Career Center and Engineering Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations
  • Create a LinkedIn account and profile to explore careers of AU alumni and connect with alumni you want to learn from
  • Identify someone in a professional position of interest to you - consider searching for an AU Engineering Alum! Schedule a time to talk with them about that they do. This is called an informational interview
  • Attend the Engineering and Technology Career Fair and/or other engineering fairs and employer recruitment events

Course Selection

  • Maintain a strong GPA, seek academic support early and often
  • Complete remaining gateway courses and speak with your advisor about elective courses that align with your future goals
  • Complete Co-op rotation if applicable

Ask for Assistance

  • Continue to form study groups and seek free academic support resources such as Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction, academic coaching, and tutoring
  • Continue to meet with your academic advisor to gauge your progress and modify planning as needed
  • Contact a faculty member in your department to explore and discuss graduate school opportunities
  • Meet with a Career Coach to explore companies, update your resume, and continue your career development plan

Gain Experience + Get Involved

  • Engage in projects or competitions within a service or career-related student organization. Pursue a leadership role in an organization you want to invest in
  • Identify and complete an internship or co-op opportunity
  • Develop your skills through part-time jobs, volunteering, team or organization projects
  • Join a professional association of interest to you. Attend professional development conferences and take industry tours

Design Your Future Career

  • Reflect on your most memorable and rewarding career-related experiences. Consider how and why they can help you identify what is important for your future job search
  • Update your resume and have it reviewed by a Career Coach
  • Update the information in your Handshake and LinkedIn accounts
  • Attend the Engineering and Technology Career Fair and/or other engineering fairs and employer recruitment events
  • Continue connecting with professionals - especially Auburn Alumni - you meet through informational interviews, campus involvement, tailgating or sporting events, or co-op or internship experiences

Course Selection

  • Schedule graduation check appointment with department advisor or Engineering Student Services advisor one semester prior to graduation
  • Synthesize skills to complete senior design project if applicable
  • Register for the graduation list, UNIV 4AAO, for your final semester. Make sure to report your job search progress and past work experiences in the First Destination Survey.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your departmental advisor to review progress and plan for graduation
  • Seek out a faculty member to discuss graduate school preparation if applicable
  • Meet with a career coach early in the fall semester to update your resume, develop strategies for your full-time job search, and complete a mock interview

Gain Experience + Get Involved

  • Lead a class project or manage a student organization team
  • Continue gaining experience through part-time jobs, research, job-shadowing, internships, or co-op
  • Attend professional development conferences and take industry tours
  • Attend graduate and professional school recruiting events if applicable

Design Your Future Career

  • Reflect on your most memorable and rewarding career-related experiences. Consider the ways they inform your job search
  • Work with a Career Coach to target your job search and research companies
  • Prepare your application materials and plan to customize them to each unique position where you apply. Begin applications 8-10 months before graduation
  • Attend the Engineering and Technology Career Fair and/or other engineering fairs and employer information sessions. Participate in on-campus interviews
  • Maintain your connections! Provide updates and notes of thanks to the people who help you along the way
  • Identify workshops and resources that will help you transition from college to career
  • Consider ways you hope to contribute to the growth and development of future AU Engineers

Engineering Pathways

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