First Year 1st Semester Pathways

Tips for engineering freshmen/first-year students

  • Concentrate on adjusting to college. Make friends, learn how to navigate campus, how to get things done, and time management skills to balance school, work and downtime. Know your ASU 101, FSE 100 instructors and academic advisors.
  • Develop good study skills and doing well in your courses. A strong GPA creates the foundation need for more advanced coursework and your future internships and jobs.  Did you know that ASU has FREE tutoring available? A lot of engineering students go to tutoring. Ask your academic advisor for more information.
  • Learn how to find and use resources of the university and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering—take advantage of the total Fulton experience. (FSE 100 and academic advisors)
  • Read emails and electronic announcements from your academic advisor, program unit, school and career center—don’t let a good opportunity pass you by.
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  • Explore clubs and organizations on campus and join one that interests you. These groups provide countless opportunities to develop the skills and accomplishments that will strengthen your resume—and you’ll have fun.
  • Use your dedicated Fulton Schools Career Center and ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services (CPDS), as well as find company visits and internship postings on Handshake.
  • Seek out opportunities through student organizations, academic coursework or study abroad that help you get prepared for a global workplace.
  • Read  websites and other business publications to increase your industry knowledge. Employers expect engineers to have a solid understanding of basic business concepts and the earlier you start, the easier it is.

Contact a Career Coach and let us help you:

  • Start to identify your interests, abilities and skills as they relate to your choice of engineering major—increase the odds of academic and career success by applying your natural talents.
  • Explore the real-world applications of your field of study by looking at program websites, handouts and e-Advisor tools. When you know more about the many things you can do, your classes become more interesting and we see that students are more successful.
  • Improve your job-seeking skills and gain a competitive advantage by attending Fulton Schools of Engineering Career Center workshops and events.
  • Get to know the companies recruiting students by attending company-sponsored information sessions, meeting recruiters and hiring managers, and becoming familiar with different corporate cultures to find the best fit for you.
  • Make summer plans to do something that will add to your skills and give you direct experience in an industry or with a company that interests you. Attend a workshop on finding an internship or other summer experience.
  • Meet with your career coach for individual feedback, to get answers to questions and assistance in making strategic plans for your future.


Go to pathway guides for:
First Year 2nd SemesterSophomores  –  Juniors –   Seniors

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