Professional Development

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Located in Silicon Valley, the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering has a unique advantage in its ability to provide students access to myriad opportunities to engage directly with industry and the community throughout their education.  We aim to facilitate strong Silicon Valley industry, alumni and community partnerships and alliances that allow incoming and existing students and faculty to actively engage in opportunities to further learning, professional preparedness, and research and development.

The Career Center provides undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni members, with the resources and tools for career success.  The center provides educational tools to start career exploration, build your resume, develop interviewing success, and learn strategies to connect with employers successfully. They also host job and internship fairs, as well as on-campus recruiting sessions for partner employers.

Raiida Thompson serves as the Career Center Liaison to the College of Engineering. During the fall and spring semesters, she provides Career Coaching for undergraduate students in the Engineering Student Success Center (ENG 344) every Tuesday from 3:00-4:30 p.m on a walk-in basis. The Career Coaching services include:

  • Resume help
  • Interviewing tips
  • Job/Internship search strategies

Students can also schedule appointments with Raiida at the Career Center by logging into SpartaJobs (find the log-in link on the Career Center website) and Request an Appointment.

The university offers several academic courses focusing on various aspects of professional development. For course descriptions, review the University Catalog. This includes, but is not limited to, the following courses:
  • BUS 012 Money Matters
  • CHE 161 Process Safety and Engineering Ethics
  • COMM 020 Public Speaking
  • COMM 020N Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers
  • COMM 040 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • COMM 041 Critical Decision Making
  • COMM 074 Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication
  • EDCO 004 Personal, Academic and Career Exploration
  • EE 295 Technical Writing – Engineering Ethics
  • ENGR 200W Engineering Reports and Graduate Research
  • ENGL 007 Critical Thinking
  • ENGL 107 Professional Technical Writing
  • KIN 069 Stress Management: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
  • LING 021 Language and Thinking
  • MAS 074 Public Address
  • PHIL 057 Logic and Critical Reasoning
  • PHIL 186 Professional and Business Ethics

Engineering Student Organizations

The Spartan Success Portal is an online workshop series aimed at helping you to succeed. All workshops are confidential, informational and available 24/7. There are 41 Workshops divided amongst 6 categories: Academic and Career Exploration (6), Learning to Learn (12), Online Learning (4), Success Strategies (3), Personal Management (11), and Reading and Writing (5). Many workshops are also available in Spanish. Spartan Success is a joint collaboration between the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. 

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Writing Center

See the Spartan Success Portal (above) for details regarding the online workshops focused on Writing.