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Occupational Knowledge

Expand your understanding of occupations and career possibilities:


Self Knowledge

For increased career satisfaction, take time to reflect on who you are.  Schedule a meeting with an Engineering Career Center Advisor at 785-864-3891 or ecc@ku.edu

  • Interests - The Strong Interest Inventory is available free to School of Engineering students (requires a brief preliminary meeting as well as a post assessment interpretation). 
  • Work Values - Choose work that reflects your values to increase career satisfaction.
  • Strengths - utilize your StrengthsFinder results from freshmen orientation to explore how your talents can align with various career options.


Career Readiness

Start early in your college career to gain skills employers are looking for. Schedule a meeting with an Engineering Career Center Advisor at 785-864-3891 or ecc@ku.edu


Investigate Potential Career Paths

Check out what a "day in the life" is like for engineers, computer scientists, and others in areas of interest.

  • Informational Interviews - A conversation where you ask the questions and get advice / information about a field, industry or company that interests you.
  • Career Road Trips - Join a group of School of Engineering students on a tour of companies related to a specific interest area.
  • Jayhawks on the Job - Spend an afternoon shadowing an engineering or computing professional to find out what a job is really like.


Professional Associations & Info Sources

Discover professional associations by major or interest areas.

Aerospace Engineering
Architectural Engineering
Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Engineering Physics
Environmental Engineering / Science
Mechanical Engineering
Science and Technology Policy


PhD Student Career Planning

Explore PhD career options for both faculty and nonfaculty positions in academe as well as industry:

Helpful articles for PhD candidates from The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Books for PhD candidates available for one week check-out from Engineering Career Center, 1410 LEEP 2:
  • The Academic Job Search Handbook by Julie Miller Vick, Jennifer S. Furlong, and Rosanne Lurie, 2016
  • The Professor is In: The Essential Guide to Turning your PhD into a Job by Karen Kelsky, 2015
  • Job Search in Academe: How to Get the Position You Deserve by Dawn M. Formo & Cheryl Reed, 2011


Job Market Information

Review employment trends in Kansas and the Kansas City region.