As you move closer to graduation and will soon be entering
the workforce, consider the qualifications on your resume that aren’t work
experience. One way to stand out is by getting certified in Microsoft
technologies. There are currently some great discounts on
certifications, so be sure to check those out.
Another way that you can supercharge your resume is by being
a part of professional organizations relevant to the industry you are looking
to join. The best way to start is to look at industry veterans whom you respect
and see if they belong to a professional group or organization. They can
sometimes require a commitment of time and money, but they are worth the
investment of both.
In the world of software engineering, the foremost
organization is the IEEE Society, “the world’s largest professional association
dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit
of humanity,” according to their website.
If you’re not familiar with the IEEE, it is very
student-friendly and knows that the future of technological innovation lies
with dedicated students. They have compiled a robust repository of interesting
videos on IEEE.tv that
are engaging for students interested in the IT field.
Here are a few of my videos recommendations:
Nerd Girls: This is a series that
documents some cool projects by the Nerd Girls, a group of stylish,
self-possessed, ambitious and confident women who are engineering students to
boot. It is really an interesting series that breaks down the myth that
engineering is an industry dominated by men.
Art, Technology, and Whimsy: Students at NYU's Interactive
Telecommunications Program show off creations that spin technology in fun new
ways, such as an upright piano rigged to make mixed drinks and a
motion-sensitive belt buckle that can be used to control vintage arcade games.
The Future Awaits: This is my
personal favorite. It is a retro video from the Global History Network, done as
a recruitment tool for leadership positions in IEEE student branches on college