Welcome recently graduated engineer! You did it – you passed! You integrated, titrated, studied and prayed your way to an engineering degree. No doubt you and your people are feeling super-proud of you – and rightly so.
Now you have a lot of decisions to make: You have to make some money but you don’t want to hate your job. You need to find a place to live and you need a plan of action. What in the world are you going to do with all that free time you’ve got on your hands now that there are no more exams, classes or assignments?
If you’re feeling uncertain and lost, you’re not alone. Your generation has more options than anyone’s had in history; great, but it can leave you with no real idea of where you belong. It’s easy to get stuck and feel paralyzed. So many of us did.
I’m a Erica Lee Garcia, P.Eng. As you can see by the title, I’m a Professional Engineer and I was standing exactly where you are now just over a decade ago. I thought I’d made a huge mistake in choosing engineering, but built a career in manufacturing, mining, consulting, non-profit management and social entrepreneurship anyway.
I love what I do not despite being an engineer but precisely because I’m an engineer; I just had to apply a little creativity and strategy to get here. These days I’m passionate about helping engineers find their path to do the work that they need and want to do – and avoid the trap of living a life that they don’t really enjoy.
I want to assure you that you are in the right place to get unstuck, get some clarity and figure out how to solve the equations in your most important homework assignment yet: Design Your Life. Drawing on my own experience I have developed a whole toolkit especially for you – the young recently graduated engineering student who has a whole lot of ambition to succeed and be awesome but little to no idea where to start.
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