Be patient when looking for that first career level job. While many companies may look inviting initially, weigh the benefits of working there for at least a few years. Ask yourself questions like "What are my opportunities for advancement?" "Does the company value continued learning after hiring?" "What is the benefits package (i.e. pay, vacation, 401K, stock purchase plan and insurance)?" Each person has to decide which of these benefits to make the priority depending on your stage of life.
Austin Watley, Class of 2011
Whether you are a traditional "TECHO" or have any other newly-minted academic credentials, you will need every bit of faith & grace to face the coming challenges. You will find other like-minded believers to encourage you and hopefully some spiritual mentors to guide you thru the setbacks and successes that will come.
Do not be surprised as you encounter those who are coming from a mindset and lifestyle contrary to yours. Do not be surprised when "political expediency" trumps "technical merit" or stalls, if not reverses, better and best solutions. Until "the last trump" is sounded, be the best you can be, even if that does not make you famous, rich, or globally seen as best. Remember the resources you have been given and will earn are to help you help others find saving faith.
Maybe, just maybe, you can return to campus to share how you have survived & thrived, with future graduating classes.
K.W. Cowin, Class of 1975
Seek God's wisdom in every decision you make. Work hard, share your faith in the workplace and spend quality time with your family. Live a balanced life. Put God first, family second and work third.
Paul Abbott, Class of 1971
Words to live by:
"What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul." (Corrie Ten Boom)
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4)
Ivan Secord, Class of 1967
Continue to learn even if you're not working towards a degree. By providing value to those around you and your customers "you will get to where you want to be by helping others get what they want." (Zig Ziglar)
Craig Robertson, Class of 1992
Life is all about taking risks. If you are not happy in your current job, find ways to go somewhere else and utilize your skill sets.
Abraham Akech, MBA Class of 2012
Be optimistic. Most engineers I know, including me, have a bias towards pessimism. This bias is likely fostered by our training as problem identifiers and problem solvers. Optimism unleashes creativity and fosters friendships that last a lifetime. Optimistic people also get promoted more than pessimistic people. Here's a great TedTalk on this topic.
Andy Dettmer, Class of 2002
Young professionals are often frustrated that their knowledge base is not as diverse as someone who has been in the field 30 years. They often have an unrealistic view of how quickly they should be promoted and make significantly more money. I would reiterate that there are no shortcuts to experience and knowledge and higher pay is achieved over time. I would advise learning all they can from those that are more seasoned and be patient with the process.
Lisa Mayfield, Class of 1993