University of California, Riverside

BCOE Student Affairs

Careers in Engineering


Professional Development 

It’s never too early to start thinking about your career. There are lots of elements that go into making you more employable, and there are lots of resources and opportunities at UCR to begin working those muscles. Build your leadership skills, grow your circle of contacts, develop your interpersonal skills – learn to impress! It’s not so hard if you know how.

At Bourns College of Engineering, one of our objectives is to nurture and grow our students into professional engineers of the future. Our students and graduates are exceptionally qualified to pursue employment opportunities, not only because of their academic preparation, which includes a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, but also because of their professional development preparation, which includes participation in the Professional Development Milestones, IMPACT (Industrial Mentorship in Professional Advancement and Career Training), career preparation, undergraduate research programs, and professional organization student chapters.

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Professional Development Programs Brochure (PDF) 

Professional Development Officer Lupe Ruiz is the primary staff officer responsible for the professional development of all engineering students. Not only does she develop and maintain relationships with premier industrial, academic, and government organizations, but she also supervises the student chapters of 18 professional engineering organizations. She facilitates student organizational events and conferences, budget controlling and strategic planning of activities that support the professional development of students.

Lupe also advises engineering students on professional career opportunities, and recommends and assists students in seeking information on career options and their career development processes. She advises students on resume and cover letter preparation, interviewing techniques and job search methods. She also assists with marketing and outreach components of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

Career Resources

Bourns College of Engineering has one of the most comprehensive and aggressive career development and job search programs available. Professional Development Officer Lupe Ruiz works with UCR Career Center to coordinate various career activities throughout the year. These activities begin at new student orientation with two days of activities focused on career exploration and development, and continue with various seminars and workshops. Lupe also leads individual student advising through UCR's Career Center and guides students through UCR's recruiting resources, including:

* On-campus recruiting, including career fairs and company information sessions;
* UCR SCOTlink, an online system for researching industries and employers, exploring career opportunities, networking with over 3,000 employers, and searching and applying for jobs;
* UCR Alumni Association, which connects students to UCR alumni for guidance and networking;
* Career coaching, including resume and cover letter critique services, interview coaching, negotiation discussions, career exploration, and networking
* Personal assessments to help students identify how their personality type and interests may play into their career decisions;
* Workgroups, a support system to help students stay on track, motivated and focused with quantifiable objectives during the job search process; and
* Engineering-only networking events, such as Career Connection Night.

What Can You Do With an Engineering Degree?

The Bourns College of Engineering prepares its students for a wide variety of careers. The breadth of knowledge provided from the program's curriculum creates well-rounded professional engineers who are ready to take on the challenges of any industry in a global world. Working with a dedicated career coach and the UCR Career Center, our students have received offers from all types of different companies and industries from around the world.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
A159 Bourns Hall A

Tel: (951) 827-3647
Fax: (951) 827-2822