I found the article, “It Takes More than a Major” to be a stressful read. As a graduate student, when I look back at my undergraduate experience I know I wasn’t successfully prepared for the work force. My undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering didn’t emphasize innovation, instead my studies focused specifically on mathematical computation of cookie cutter engineering problems. Furthermore, I was rarely asked to prepare presentations or to compile reports, both of which are essential characteristics of successful engineers. However, although I’ve grown in these areas as a graduate student, I’m often worried that innovation hasn’t been truly encouraged, nor am I confident that my graduate studies are closely related to real world work environments.
Here’s a list of things I’m sure will need improvements, but unfortunately I’m not confident I’m skilled to complete: a professional and eye catching resume (including compiling a portfolio), proficient writing, and CONFIDENCE in my ability to find unique (innovative) ways of resolving engineering related problems (e.g., creating theoretical models for predicting pavement deterioration).