1st Edition

A Career Worth Engineering Don't Just Graduate—Navigate the Transition from Student to Professional

By John S. Rogers, Sean Maciag Copyright 2025
    160 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    160 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Transitioning from student to professional can be a challenging journey, but it doesn't have to be a daunting mystery. In "A Career Worth Engineering: Don't Just Graduate-Navigate the Transition from Student to Profession," the authors draw from their own experiences and share valuable lessons learned in the foundational years of their careers.

    The authors offer practical steps and insights to empower readers to take control of their career paths. By sharing their experiences, they aim to help others navigate the challenges and uncertainties of transitioning from student to professional. This book is designed to accelerate career growth and help individuals achieve their full potential, goals, and confidence in the engineering field.

    This book is a guide for new engineering students, recent graduates searching for their first job, or professionals feeling stagnant in their careers.

    1. Introduction 2.What is Engineering. 3. Opportunities in University. 4. Landing Your First “Real” Job. 5. Maximizing Growth During the First Two Years. 6. Beyond Entry Level: How to know and prove to employers you are at the next level. 7. Crossroads. 8. Fighting the Impostor. 9. Career Transitions: Changing jobs, industries, or positions. 10. Things we wish we knew sooner.


    John Rogers is a career project manager in engineering, focusing on new product development, having worked across various technologies and products in the pro-audio aerospace and defense industries. He holds a Bachelor in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University. He is also currently pursuing a “bonus” Master’s in Aerospace Engineering at Mississippi State University.

    Sean Maciag is a design engineer, focused on R&D and new product development, having spent his career in firearms, defense, and aerospace after achieving a Bachelor’s in Science in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University.