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Asked by Prachi on October 12, 2016

I'm earning my degree in mechanical engineering, but I realize I want to work for a software company or software service provider. How should explain my engineering major and why I want to work for a software company. Thanks!

Answered by Aliyah, Hiring Expert at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, on October 27, 2016

I work for a high tech company and what I hear from hiring managers is they like to see your interest in a company like ours.
In your resume see if you are listing the following:

  • Are you showing how you use coding or programming with mechanical engineering under academic projects?
  • Are you part of any student activities/groups/clubs that involves robotics, coding or programming or similar?
  • Do you have computer science related courses listed under education to show diversity in skills?
  • Did you participate in a competition that involves computer science, listed on your resume?
  • Do you have a cover letter showing some knowledge of the company you are interested in?
 
Outside of your resume, you should be networking with university recruiters for the companies you want to target via LinkedIn. That way you can explain your interest and stay connected.
 
Hope this helps!

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Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on November 29, 2016

Hello, Great question. Mechanical Engineers coming out of school tend to have a lot more software experience than in the past.  There is a lot of overlap in the training and classes you've taken in school.  Ensure you're updating your resume to highlight the skills/technologies you've experienced to specifically show why you're qualified for the software side as well.  You could look at companies that have both mechanical engineering and software engineering. At Daikin Applied, we see a lot of cross over between the two teams.  Best wishes!

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