• Home
  • Students
  • Explore Careers

Explore Careers

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.


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.


Gain Experience

Test and confirm potential positions of interest while gaining meaningful career related experience.

  • Internships: A structured work experience where students connect and apply academic knowledge under supervision.  Typically, it is a full-time paid position during the summer, lasting approximately three months.
  • Co-ops: A structured work experience where undergraduate students connect and apply academic knowledge under supervision on the job, as well as complete the ENGR 300 course.  Typically a full-time paid position which includes a school semester, and lasts six months to one year.  
  • Research Experience: May be formal experience (such as an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates) or more informal position.  There is quite a bit of variation in the format: full-time or part-time | paid or volunteer | academic credit or not.


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


Job Market Information

Review employment trends in Kansas and the Kansas City region.


Engineering Career Center Events
More Less

Hire Jayhawks

Meet with a Career Advisor

Schedule a 30 minute appointment


Drop-in for 15 minute meeting

Every Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m., when fall and spring classes are in session.