When young New Jersey engineers emerge with a degree from a university, pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Examination, it is cause for celebration. This is a very exciting, and anxiety-inducing, time in an engineer’s life. All the possibilities of their career are in front of them, which can feel a little overwhelming. That is one of the many reasons every young engineer should join the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers (NJSPE). Here are a few more benefits of joining NJSPE:
- Career development opportunities. Maybe you have started applying for entry-level positions in the New Jersey area, and you are not sure how to stand out on applications. Or, you want to be strategic in your application process and want to find the jobs that your classmates cannot. An NJSPE membership can help you with both. This is because NJSPE offers members-only web classifieds. Studies also show engineers who are active in professional engineering associations typically get selected first for jobs as it shows dedication to the profession, and leadership qualities.
- A built-in community of peers. Post-graduation life can be lonely. Attempting to find a job, living on your own, and finding colleagues to discuss these struggles is hard without a little help. As a member of NJSPE, young professional engineers become part of a community of like-minded individuals in the New Jersey area. Make connections in-person and online, collaborate, share industry best practices, and excel in your industry.
- Even more educational opportunities. You might be saying to yourself, “I just graduated! Why do I need MORE education?” However, as any veteran in engineering will tell you, it is important to never stop learning. With the pain of tuition still in the back of your mind, the free online seminars and resources provided by NJSPE are great for supplemental learning. NJSPE offers monthly webinars and conferences to help young professionals learn more about topics such as business and career development. Check out the current continuing education options for NJSPE members.
- Keep yourself in-the-know of engineering news. When you are in college, immersed in the world of engineering, you can stay up-to-date on the newest trends in technology and the industry at large. After college, this can be a little more difficult. That is why the virtual benefits of NJSPE membership are so important. From PE magazines, forums and e-newsletters, you can stay on the cutting-edge of the engineering profession.
At the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, we know how graduation leads to a mixture of emotions. NJSPE is here to help you build your career, connect you to a community of peers, provide continuing education opportunities, stay current on industry trends, and so much more. For more information about membership, visit our website, check out the NJSPE membership categories and start your application today!