EE Major Wins CSULB Essay Contest

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EE major Alia Bonetti, center, with EE Chair Anastasios Chassiakos, left, and Tesoro lead electrical engineer Kyle Weeks, right.

Electrical engineering senior Alia Bonetti has gotten a lot out of her internships with Tesoro. Since connecting with the company at a CSULB job fair, she’s worked for two summers, learned about the type of engineering she’d like to pursue–and won the campuswide Internship Essay Contest.

And late last year, she received something even more exciting: a job offer to work as a Tesoro electrical engineer after graduation this spring.

Calling her summer internships “a fantastic learning experience,” Bonetti said she worked on upgrades for protection systems and conducted electrical safety systems studies. “I got to do real engineering work, not busy work. I learned a lot about the type of engineering I want to do and the type of engineer I want to be.”

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Best Place to Start Your Job Search: Figuring Out Your Interests

Before you even send out your first resume, be sure you understand your values and interests. That was the advice of Emmit Clark, College of Engineering director of professional development and internships, during Tuesday’s workshop on the job-search process.

A successful strategy calls for creation of a plan, conducting research, and taking action. Identify the type of job you’ll be looking for, along with tools and resources that you can use. Continue reading “Best Place to Start Your Job Search: Figuring Out Your Interests”

Looking for a Few Good Candidates

Stem Job Fair Good CandidatesFor engineering students trying to land their first career opportunity, the Sept. 17  STEM Job Fair was the place to be. The annual fair attracted hundreds of job-seeking students, as well as nearly 100 hiring companies ranging from large corporations to government agencies to up-and-coming startups and in between.

Students waited patiently in long lines to turn in resumes to recruiters at Boeing, which maintains a strong presence in the region, and Facebook, which was making its first appearance at a Cal State University Long Beach job fair. Continue reading “Looking for a Few Good Candidates”

So You Want to Work at Facebook….

Work at FacebookFacebook, like many Silicon Valley companies, has been pushing hard to create a more diverse workforce. On the heels of its most recent diversity report, which showed only slight improvement, the company has been trying new approaches to create the varied workforce the company sees as key to the success of its products and business.

For years, Facebook recruiters said they visited the same 20 universities to search for new technical talent. But this year, they began reaching out to new educational institutions, including for the first time to California State University Long Beach, where Latinos and Asian American students are the largest ethnic groups. CSULB is only one of six universities that Facebook is visiting this year. Continue reading “So You Want to Work at Facebook….”

Boeing Speaker Draws Standing-Room Only Audience

Boeing logoAs the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing is almost always in hiring mode—especially when it comes to engineers. And not only does the company offer well-paid internships but also entry-level engineering positions with extensive mentoring and opportunities for further education.

“Engineers are the backbone of our business,” said Boeing Intern Coordinator A. J. Dale at Tuesday’s Speaker Series talk sponsored by the College of Engineering’s Office of Professional Development and Internships. “We want you to learn as much as you can.” Continue reading “Boeing Speaker Draws Standing-Room Only Audience”