Most people are busy and active in college with clubs/activities. What activities (besides SWE) have you participated in after college (while working) to keep yourself involved and give yourself a brain break from work?
My employer offers many clubs and activities including a drama club, various culture clubs, sports teams and activities, and gaming clubs. I recommend you ask about these types of things when you are interviewing for jobs. This is when I first learned to play golf. I personally have spent many hours volunteering at my local schools for career nights or STEM nights … lots of fun with an eager audience!
I volunteer with other professional societies that are associated with my engineering discipline. Holding leadership positions in these societies expands my network and increases my exposure to other careers associated with my engineering discipline. I often find that there are STEM associated volunteering activities in these groups as well.
When I was a younger engineer, I played slow-pitch softball in a women’s league that was sponsored by my company. I was a pitcher. One year, I was even commissioner of the league. In the winter, I was in a women’s bowling league, again sponsored by my company. It was great to network with other women in the company while having fun. As I got older, I focused on getting out to the local parks on the weekend, to bicycle or canoe. I also had season tickets to the local playhouse. Now, I really enjoy golfing as a way to unwind and get exercise (I walk pulling my clubs).
I’m a mentor and volunteer for FIRST robotics (FRC mentor, FLL/FTC/FRC volunteer). I am also involved with the MIT Alumni Association. I go road biking and bake for fun.
Organizations and volunteer roles don’t end with school! Currently I am a member of Junior League of Columbus where I have had 3 different coordinator leadership roles. I also am active in the Kappa Alpha Theta Columbus Alumnae chapter serving as President and as the scholarship adviser for Denison University’s chapter. I’ve done several other things throughout the years including playing bass clarinet in the Holland Symphony Orchestra when I lived in Michigan, playing in work bowling & golf leagues when I worked at Limited Brands, and volunteering for several organizations including the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, YWCA, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Golden Retrievers in Need (GRIN), Fairy Goodmother’s, Komen Columbus, Women in Engineering at Ohio State, Breast Cancer 3-Day, and many more. I’ve learned a lot of skills that transfer to my work life along with having it be a great place to meet friends when I’ve moved to a new city! I also have a passion for travel and have been to over 30 countries! I love doing adventure travel and climbed Mt KIlimanjaro this past January!