The Meaning of Class

Hello fellow Spartans! I hope that you are all doing well as the semester begins to wrap up. As you know, I have been trying trying to stay away from specific career content given the upcoming final season and the lack of recruiting going on throughout the holiday season. As I have taken a step back from my actual career search, I have been noticing a lot of things that impact the way I view my future career.

One of which is class, and I'm not talking about the class that British Royalty flaunt. A lot of the people that I have met through my time at MSU have always told me which classes they struggled with or which ones they like the least. I noticed that most of the time, people that I talked with were struggling with a professor not the actual content being taught in the class itself. I would always hear, and even say things myself, along the lines of "I don't like the way this course is structured" or "The exams are nothing like the homework assignments".

I realized very rarely have I had conversations about the specific content within the class, or what people thought about the contents of a class with my classmates, which is honestly really disappointing. I feel like I have been caught in the flow of the schedule, focusing only getting the work done and getting the grades that I will need to land a full time job once I graduate.

The good news is that there is still plenty of time to reflect! I have challenged myself, and in turn challenge all of you, to think about the classes that you have taken at MSU. My goal is to identify the things that I really enjoyed in all the classes that I have taken whether that be the content covered or the work that I accomplished. It may seem really trivial, but I really think that this could be a useful thought experiment as we head into the upcoming recruitment season next year.

The jobs that we obtain will become our lives for 40 hours every single week, maybe even more. Life after college is not going to be fun if you find a job that isn't doing something that you like or working on something that you enjoy. There is a reason all of us became engineers in the first place. Those reasons can range from a love of technical calculations and design work to the dependability of having an engineering degree despite disliking engineering completely. At the end of the day, those reasons say something about the job that you should be looking for. If you loved a certain class in college, it might be the time to think about looking for jobs that are focused on that particular area of study. If you got an engineering degree because everyone said it would be a good idea and help you advance in your career, maybe a technical engineering role isn't perfect for you. However, positions within engineering management or sales may be the perfect place for you to begin your journey. There are a lot of things that our classes can teach us, outside of the arbitrary intelligence rating we receive at the end. What matters most about these classes is growing as an engineering professional, and using those in class experiences to guide you into your professional career.

Thanks again for tuning in. I know that these posts are not directly related to that career search strategy like my earlier topics, but I really think that these are the types of things to reflect on during this "recruitment offseason". Let's all make sure that we are on top of our game as we enter into the New Year. Stay strong and keep grinding Spartans!

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