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  1. You make a very good point and I agree completely. My plan as of now is to stick around till performance reviews in a couple of months and maybe, till I reach a full year before looking to go elsewhere. I just need to learn how to negotiate a bit better, a skill that all new graduates should probably learn as well haha.
  2. Thanks for the advice there! I am about 6 months into my job. I am probably going to wait till the end of June before making any job changes due to the annual performance review. But I agree with you, I have learned so much here that I am pretty confident I can get at least 55k and find a job pretty easily compared to most candidates in my position, especially in the Bay Area. Yes I passed the FE back when I was a senior in undergrad. If anybody else have any more advice or comments, please feel free to shout it out. I know some of my peers are asking the same thing as well and it will help all those greenies out there if they google this haha. Thanks!
  3. Hey! Original poster here. The firm is doing buildings, but we do pick up a few unique non-building projects every now and then. I have helped out on some 5-6 stories residential buildings in the Bay Area along with some small suburban residential houses. I am still making 18/hr right now by the way haha. I do not have a big enough network to really know what my pay should be. All I can tell from all these salary websites that yes I am very underpaid. Can't help it though. Despite the low pay, I feel like I am learning alot here. IT would just be nice to learn the same amount and get paid fairly. Maybe I am asking for too much?
  4. Hello all, I am currently a new graduate from University of California, San Diego with a degree in BS Structural Engineering. I have been interning at a mid-size structural design firm for about 2 months now in the Bay Area. Palo Alto to be exact. My starting hourly wage was only 15 dollars an hr. And now that I have interned for two months, the principal is offering me a full time position with a wage of 18 an hr. Now...I know am inexperienced with the exception of my intern experience here. However, from my ask around from my friends and colleagues, I know i should be aiming for around 55k-60k. This offer is no where near that. 15 an hr was fine for interning cause I just want experience. Is my salary expectation skewed? Should I take this offer (it is at will)? Maybe I should take the offer, get some experience and then leave in like a couple of months? With the exception of the salary, I love this job. I get to work on a variety of projects, i like my coworkers and the hours are reasonable. Please advise...I am so green haha. Thanks everybody
  5. Hello all, A couple of years ago, I have posted here asking for advice as an undergraduate student about the field of civil engineering and structural engineering. Recently I just graduated from the University of California San Diego with a BS in Structural Engineering and have moved back to my hometown in the Bay Area in California. The advice that I received from here definitely helped me alot so I want to ask the audience again. As a new college graduate, is there any tips and advice into landing a good job in the field? I was planning to apply to jobs found on Indeed, and just slowly apply to jobs through each of the companies that I have heard of like Parsons, AECOM, and KPFF. Is this the right way to go about it? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!
  6. Hello everybody, I am currently studying Structural Engineering at University of California, San Diego. I do not know much about this field and I have a lot of questions and concerns. I hope experienced people likes yourselves can perhaps give a fledgling some guidance. 1. Is a Master's degree a must to find a job? I know some of my friends in the major are planning to go to graduate school, but I think that I cannot survive 1-2 more years in school. I just want to get out into the real world as soon as possible! And also, I do not know if I can even afford those extra years of school. 2. GRE scores and GPA for graduate school? If it does come to the point where I HAVE to get a Master's to get any sort of job, any idea what kind of score and GPA I should be getting for the top-mid tier graduate schools. I have a 3.2 right now and I am truly worried. 3. How is the job market out there? I have read on a lot of the websites. Some say that the job growth expectation is about 20% and some say that there are no jobs out there. This is only making my anxiety even worse. I was studying electrical engineering for a year and because I thought it was too difficult and because structural/civil engineering fit my interests more, I switched. 4. How much do Civil/Structural engineers get paid straight out of college? I have done my research online and the sites always tell me that it is around 50-55k. That is below my expectations. Maybe it is because I do not know any better but I thought most engineers make around 65k out of college. 5. Any tips on how to find jobs and network? 6. Does GPA and extracurricular (structural engineering clubs) matter to employers/grad school? I am literally at the point where I am so worried about my future that I might consider just switching to a higher paying/higher demand major. maybe even back to Electrical Engineering since I do not need a license and extra schooling. I like buildings, bridges, and everything structural/civil does, but I am willing to give up all that to get a decent paying job and search till world's end for a low paying civil engineering job. Thank you for all those who took the time the provide me with some answers and assistance. I am very grateful for your guidance and your time. Thank you! Some not as important questions for those that have time: 1. Is the program at UCSD well known to those outside of California? 2. If you have the chance to do go through undergrad all over again, what would you do? 3. Electrical Engineering vs. Civil/Structural Engineering? 4. Will you critique my resume?
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