How Do I Find a Job? Computer Engineering/Low GPA Edition
May 30, 2014 9:51 AM Subscribe
I have a BS in Computer Engineering, albeit with a low GPA and no internships or experience. How do I get a job?
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I studied computer engineering, specializing in embedded systems, at a top-ten program in the US. It took me six years to complete my degree. During that time, I did not complete any internships or co-ops; I worked summers as an exam-prep tutor. I did, however, work on a number of challenging and successful projects in classes. By the time I graduated, my GPA was under 2.5.
My transcript is full of As, Bs, and Fs. I had semesters when I received honors; I had semesters when I never got out of bed--not even to drop my classes. I genuinely enjoy the material and the work, but some of the social aspects of engineering school were difficult for me to handle. I feel like my technical ability and passion is reflected in the ambitious projects I undertook for some classes. My story is what seems like a typical one: bright kid goes to college, struggles with clinical depression, discovers substance abuse, and sort of slips through the cracks at a frankly enormous university.
It's been nearly a year since I've graduated. My experience in school basically devastated me, but I feel like I finally have my shit together well enough to earnestly look for an engineering job. I had applied to a few positions during that year--both informally, through friends, as well as formally--only to be unsuccessful. I am anxious about how weak my resume is, intimidated by the process, and just generally unsure of myself.
I can find plenty of openings for positions that match my skills. I am personable and confident during job fairs or interviews--except when it comes to talking about my grades. I'm in Houston, TX, and am open to relocating. My specific questions:
How do I make the most of what I have? Does anyone have suggestions or tips specific to this (STEM field, low GPA) situation? Should I put my GPA on my resume? Does anyone have a similar story? How did you stay motivated?