FYIC 2013 - Lakehead University

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Professional Engineers of Ontario 101

This is a significant part of FYIC because it provides more education of what you don’t learn in courses, such as the matters of employability and the best next steps after graduation.

Key Topics

  • 5 requirements to become a P.Eng
  • Application of theory to real-life situations
  • The importance of practical experience
  • Communication skills one of the most significant aspect of employability
  • Social implications of engineering
  • Engineering in Training (EIT) program

Dreaming Big

Key Topics

  • PEO's government liaison program
  • Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP)
  • Moral obligation of engineers to put the public interest first
  • Engineers are problem-solvers; the more in public office, the better

Engineering 101 - What Happens Next

Key Advice

  • Keep as many textbooks from school as you can - may need them for reference later on
  • Be persistent and willing to work for a job you want
  • Don't forget there is an ethical portion to engineering
  • When you graduate, you may end up working on projects that aren't necessarily "within grasp"

10 Ways to Get Involved Right Away

Key Topics

  • Attend Engineering Society meetings
  • Join a Committee
  • Start an intramural team
  • Run for executive positions
  • Contribute to the school/faculty newspaper
  • Become a frosh week leader
  • Become a TA
  • Run the engineering competition
  • Join a mentorship program

How to Balance School and Social Life

Key Topics

  • Make time for social activities and volunteering
  • Going to parties and spending time with friends in inexcessive amounts will help you network and bond with others
  • First years who want to get involved and meet upper years should attend EngSoc general meetings
  • Volunteering helps you meet people with the same interests and goals as you
  • Running for an executive position pushes yourself to become a better leader and person

What I Wish I Knew in First Year

Key Advice

  • Don't skip class
  • Make personal connections with your professors
  • Used, PDF and international books are cheaper than textbooks
  • Figure out how much work you need to do in order to succeed; be smart about it
  • Don't fall to peer pressure when invited to parties
  • Look at your future courses and make sure you like them; otherwise, switch early on
  • Answer assignment questions yourself; copying will not benefit you
  • Go to all the activities you can, expand your social circles
  • Do not be afraid to lose an election
  • Get involved for the right reasons
  • Opportunities are outside your school as well: e.g. soup kitchen, charity drives, city politics, car clubs