When job-hunting this past fall, engineering major Spencer Alexander ’14 skipped the walk to Undergraduate Career Services.
Instead, he took a train to Columbia University, where he found the big-company engineering recruiters who weren’t coming to Yale. In search of postgraduate jobs, Alexander said he and many of his friends in the engineering major travel to New York to attend these fairs — often at the encouragement of their UCS advisors.
Many STEM majors interviewed said that although the University is headed in the right direction, there is still room for improvement. They cited both the growing number of students who are taking STEM classes at Yale and the expansion of Yale’s STEM resources as reasons to be optimistic about the future of these disciplines at Yale, but felt the University should do more to help students, especially engineers, find postgraduate opportunities.
Students interested in going straight to medical school or graduate school depart from Yale on a well-trodden path. Engineering majors in search of jobs, however, must frequently forge their own paths to postgraduate opportunities.
“I want to understand not only how to build things but what are the consequences of me building these things — not only in terms of the science but politically and economically too,” said Jon Dorsch ’16, a mechanical engineering major.
By Rishabh Bhandari and Jennifer Gersten - Staff Reporters
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