Q: I am a recent graduate of the Environmental Engineering program from UCSD. I need help to find my first job in my field. I have been applying for jobs the last few months, but have had no luck in securing an entry-level Environmental Engineering position.
A: My advice to you: Don't get discouraged. It often takes longer than we expect to secure employment.
If you have never worked before in any field, you need to get some type of work experience. While you have an impressive degree, most employers want to see what type of experience you bring. While you are trainable as an environmental engineer, an employer will want to see what you were doing while you were in college.
I would suggest that you visit a Sacramento Works One Stop Career Center and have a career coach review your resume and provide you with some feedback. Additionally, if you have never taken a formal interview skills workshop, I would encourage you to take one. There are many workshops offered through Sacramento Works at no cost.
Visit sacramentoworks.org for more information about the services available through your local One Stop.
Lastly, I would strongly encourage you to find a non-paid or paid internship. I would contact firms that have entry-level positions posted and ask if you can intern for them on a volunteer basis. The experience you gain as an intern will serve you well in landing a permanent position in your field.
Many State of California departments have paid internship programs and I would encourage you to check out those opportunities with the State. Here are some websites that provide paid and non-paid internship opportunities: