Good morning!  Today, I”m attempting something that I’ve never done before – I’m using my blog as a platform to help my friend, Megan of MegaNerdRuns, find a post-college job.  We all can sympathize with current college graduates who, despite being awesomely qualified, cannot find employment due to our economy.  


Sometimes, all a graduate needs is someone who ‘knows’ them and puts their resume in the hands of the right people.  I believe social media can be a unique solution to this problem. Forward get this post to anyone you know who works in the engineering field! 


Here’s Megan:


Insanity, as defined by Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I realized six months into my so-far-unsuccessful job search that maybe it’s time I took a fresh approach at tackling this goal of finding a job. Thinking outside the box is what engineers are known for, right? 🙂


As a recent civil engineering graduate, I am determined to find a career in my field. I worked hard for my degree, and plan to continue to pursue my dreams no matter what the cost. Failure is not an option, which is why I am reaching out and coming up with a new plan of attack. The solution (a job) is out there, and it’s my job to find it! 

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Back in August of 2005, I came to the University of Central Florida as an eager freshman, ready to tackle the world. I knew from the start that my roots would be founded somewhere in engineering, but I had no idea what exactly. My logical thinking, and love for figuring out how things worked were solid indicators that engineering would be a career suited for me.


It wasn’t until driving home from school one day that it really clicked for me. I got SO frustrated with jammed traffic and poorly designed Orlando intersections (the old Interstate-4 East onto 408-East ramp to be precise) that I realized something: I could have done a better job at planning this road! I immediately changed my major from “Engineering: Undecided” to “Civil Engineering: Transportation.”


Fast forward a couple of years. As a junior in college, I landed an internship at The Big Construction Company. I started in the Estimating Department, eventually moving out into the field (an airport reconstruction job), and back into the construction office. In the year and a half I spent with the company, I got a taste of a little of everything construction had to offer. I got to dabble in cost estimating, surveying and layout, and quality control. I learned to manage subcontractors (I was responsible for 9 of them on my own!) and became familiar with LEED and sustainable practices.


During my senior year, I enrolled in Urban Systems Design. I was fascinated from day one. Our professor brought in a manual traffic counting device and told us to count cars at the intersection. My inner geek thought this was so cool. During the course, our mission (which we chose to accept) was to analyze three (3) major intersections and make improvement recommendations. Surprisingly, the semester flew by! Pretty soon, the signal warrants, turn lane, and access management analyses were complete! I now held marketable skills, such as experience using software like MicroStation and Highway Capacity Software. I knew terms that once were foreign: AASHTO, MUTCD, LOS, oh my!


Training for my first marathon, studying and passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) and obtaining my (EIT), and starting my own freelance consulting business were the highlights of my last year of college. I made a pro-active choice to begin freelancing while completing my degree in order to gain some real life experience in the transportation field. I’ve gained some valuable experience working on Alternative Impact fee studies, creating methodology letters, and collecting and analyzing traffic data for engineering studies.


Since graduating with my Bachelor’s in August 2010, I have sent out over 100 job applications, resumes, and cover letters. I’ve attended networking events,” tweeted” myself out, and been on 3 job interviews. Each interview has been the same: I nail it, they love me, the position gets cut. Darn you, economy!


So this brings me to today. I’m a highly motivated, focused, organized, and goal-oriented individual. I make a great employee because I work well with a team, yet am perfectly capable of working independently. I have a strong desire to work in the transportation planning or engineering fields, and I am willing to go anywhere to get my start.


My long-term goals are to become a Professional Engineer (PE) and/or certified planner (AICP) and make a tangible impact on the transportation community. My dream job is to design bike trails, or make cities more bike and pedestrian friendly.


I’m reaching out to you, blog-world. I’m looking for a full-time job in transportation engineering or planning! Please contact me at if you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary, focused, and intelligent engineer to join your team… or if you just want to tell me how crazy I am for putting myself out there like this!  🙂


Can you help Megan find a job?  Are you in a similar predicament? 



  • Camille January 12, 2011, 9:00 am

    I wish I could help Megan, but unfortunately I have zero connections in her field :/
    If you feel like helping my boyfriend, also a college grad with a degree in arts/applied technology find a job that isn’t retail, that would be cool 🙂

  • Taylor January 12, 2011, 9:01 am

    Thanks Caitlyn for doing this for Megan! I have been in the same predicament since graduating from UCF in May 2009. I have been a receptionist for over a year now and have now applied to two of the most competitive graduate schools in the country. (Columbia University and UC Berkeley) It saddens me that such a smart and qualified person such as Megan cannot find a job even though her degree is so specialized!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 12, 2011, 9:02 am

    There are a bunch of civil engineering jobs in Ontario:

    • Jazz January 12, 2011, 9:38 am

      And Saskatchewan! Try the SRC … they are ALWAYS hiring! Oh.. it’s also -25 today..

      • Alison (Fueling for Fitness) January 12, 2011, 11:48 am

        Yay Canada! 🙂

        • Jazz January 12, 2011, 12:06 pm

          Lol, free healthcare… and free frostbite!

  • Rachael @ Mrs. Adventure January 12, 2011, 9:02 am

    Good Luck Megan!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 12, 2011, 9:04 am

    Ugh…job searches are the worst 🙁

    Megan, I hope you find one soon!!!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) January 12, 2011, 9:04 am

    Good luck Megan! I’m right there with you in the job search hunt (although in a completely different field!)

  • Kelly January 12, 2011, 9:06 am

    Good luck Megan!!!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 12, 2011, 9:07 am

    Good luck! I will be in the same boat in a matter of months. :/

  • Sally January 12, 2011, 9:09 am

    There are excellent jobs for engineers as military officers. She should consider talking to a recruiter (just talking). You get to travel, get some experience, and have a lot of fun! Great salary and benefits!

    • Sally January 12, 2011, 9:37 am

      My husband says Bremerton Naval Shipyards are hiring engineers. You don’t have to join the navy just be a govt employee. That is near Seattle (the Olympic Peninsula). He says the guy who came to fix their stuff last time was quote “11” so I bet they’d jump at the chance to have someone as bright as you

      • Erin January 12, 2011, 1:30 pm

        Good luck Megan! From someone that lives in Seattle area…you’d love it here. Besides the rain, we have TONS of bike trails, are pretty biker friendly city, Bremerton is a little island with a ferry to the city, mountains 30min away, lots of water around, running areas and well…a pretty great area to live in…besides some clouds and rain. GOOD luck!! wherever you land, i wish you all the luck..and also love your blog. 🙂

  • Val @ Balancing Val January 12, 2011, 9:10 am

    I can’t help, sorry!

    But I did laugh at that creepy guy in the construction picture behind her 🙂

    • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 9:11 am

      hahah me too.

      • MegaNerd January 12, 2011, 9:18 am

        aaaaah that was my friend, and co-worker, Alan. He tried to ruin all my pictures.

  • Marci January 12, 2011, 9:11 am

    Good luck! The economy is sucky. I am there too. 5 years experience, now been looking for way too long to even write about. I like too.

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns January 12, 2011, 9:12 am

    I’m an environmental consulting, but my company also does geotechnical and construction materials testing services. We deal with construction companies A LOT and I have a bunch of friends in that field in Atlanta and Tennessee. I will ask around and hopefully we’ll find something for you! GOOD LUCK!

  • Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition January 12, 2011, 9:13 am

    You are such a great friend! I’m looking for a PR job too 🙂

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen January 12, 2011, 9:14 am

    Good luck Megan! Hoping 2011 is a great & promising year for your career 🙂

  • jen @ taste life January 12, 2011, 9:16 am

    Aw, I really hope she finds something! I read Megan’s blog, too, so I knew she was looking for something.

    When I graduated from college in the spring of 2001 the economy was fine, but I still hadn’t found a full-time job by the time the September 11 attacks happened. After that, it was like the hiring world completely shut down. You know what? It forced me to make some hard decisions, and I ended up going on a great adventure because I couldn’t find a full time job – I worked at a ski lodge in Vermont, worked out in Montana, traveled around the south, and found new passions I didn’t know I had. I hope Megan can find something perfect for her, and go out on her own adventure!

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  • DadHTP January 12, 2011, 9:20 am

    I would enjoy a girlfriend…

    • sarah January 12, 2011, 9:59 am

      I would enjoy a boyfriend! But I think time and place separates us, DadHTP.

      • DadHTP January 12, 2011, 2:02 pm

        and 30 years…(grin)

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) January 12, 2011, 9:21 am

    good luck, megan! i’m sure something will come around!

  • Marijke January 12, 2011, 9:21 am

    Ahahahahaha DadHTP^^^^^

    Funny guy!

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) January 12, 2011, 9:21 am

    good luck megan, from a fellow civil engineer. i got a job right after graduation, but not necessarily where i want to ‘start my career’… so i’m still looking!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 12, 2011, 9:24 am

    Caitlin this is so great of you! You help others in so many ways and this is just another example!!

  • Kristina @ life as kristina January 12, 2011, 9:25 am

    What a great friend you are!!! My fam is in the construction business-i’ll throw out some feelers and see what I come up with! Will be in contact soon.

  • Caroline January 12, 2011, 9:25 am

    Hi Caitlin I read your blog regularly and absolutely love it! When I read this post it caught my attention…I’m a Marketing Coordinator for a civil engineering firm. Please tell Megan to go to our website we have openings!! I work out of our Texas Region (Dallas, TX) but I noticed that our Memphis office has an Analyst position open in Transportation. Kimley-Horn is an amazing company, I’ve worked here for over a year and couldn’t be happier. I’ve worked for other consulting firms and this one is by far the best.

    Good Luck to Megan and hopefully she’ll have luck with Kimley-Horn!!!

  • Laurie January 12, 2011, 9:26 am

    Good luck Megan!!! I know the economy sucks right now! The company I work for is not doing that great either! Hopefully you’ll find something soon!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 12, 2011, 9:28 am

    Good luck on your job hunt Megan!! I know how you feel as it took me a little while post-graduation to find one too, but in a very short amount of time, an opportunity fell into place and I’m so happy I took it. I’m sure you’ll find something that’s right for you! 🙂

  • Paige January 12, 2011, 9:34 am

    Ugh I feel Megan’s pain. I found a job right after graduation (with the company I interned at through college), but my boyfriend, who graduated with a degree in aerospace engineering, is still without a job 6 months after graduation. No interviews even! Ironically I’M the one that is working at an aerospace company…with my marketing degree. Economy fail.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 12, 2011, 9:35 am

    Good luck to Megan! It is rough out there right now!

  • Christina January 12, 2011, 9:38 am

    I hope Megan is able to find something! The best advice that I can give is to possibly look for openings at Universities (Sorry I’m not much help). It has been so cut throat for recent college grads. I graduated in May of 2008 with a B.A. in English. I worked 2 part-time jobs until I was able to find a full time position in April 2010 (almost 2 years of searching!). It’s a tough road, but I really believe that I am where I’m supposed to be right now. Megan, I wish you the best of luck in your journey. In the end, it will lead you to where you should be.

    • MegaNerd January 12, 2011, 9:48 am

      Thanks, Christina! 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 12, 2011, 9:38 am

    Good luck Megan!! Keep your chin up; something great will come along for you! 😀

  • Nikki @ Balance and Moderation January 12, 2011, 9:39 am

    Can you have her send me her resume? I work in the recruitment field and although I cannot personally help her I have a whole network through Linked In that may.

    • MegaNerd January 12, 2011, 9:40 am

      Yes, I will send one to you right now! 🙂

    • Stephanie C January 12, 2011, 3:48 pm

      That’s key! While my husband isn’t in the same line of work he has gotten a lot of his jobs through recruiters – they really help out.

  • Sabine @ thefruitpursuit January 12, 2011, 9:40 am

    How sweet ofyou to do this, very cool :). Good luck to ya Megan!

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health January 12, 2011, 9:42 am

    Sadly, I don’t know of any jobs that might work. I will offer one piece of advice: apply, apply, apply! I think this job market is a lot like fishing! The more poles (applications) you have in the water, the more likely you are to snag a fish (job). I applied to any and every job I could find. When I heard about an agency or organization that sounded interesting but didn’t list any availalbe jobs, I sent resumes and cover letters telling why they should have a job for me. I think this was a great idea…you never knows who knows someone. Stay positive!

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep January 12, 2011, 9:46 am

    I know a few people in the field. I’ll ask around 🙂

  • Meghan@travelwinedine January 12, 2011, 9:47 am

    I am 30 years old, way past college, with 7 years of Marketing experience and can’t find a job. It is really a terrible process!

  • Justy2003 January 12, 2011, 9:47 am

    Best of luck Megan! I know you’ve been looking for a job for a while now (I’m a regular reader of your blog as well). It took me 5 months after graduating to finally find a job (in an unrelated field) and typically it doesn’t take people in my field long to find a job at all. And I had even started looking/applying a couple months before graduating. It’s a pretty tough market out there, but just keep your head up, keep applying, and something will come along at just the right time/place for you! I’m sure you’ve heard that plenty of times by now, but there is something out there just waiting for you…unfortunately it can just take a little time/patience/hard work.

  • Kelly January 12, 2011, 9:48 am

    Aww good luck Megan! We all know how hard it is to find a job!

  • Jen January 12, 2011, 9:51 am

    I LOVE the fact that you’re doing this for Megan!

  • Beth January 12, 2011, 9:52 am

    I am in the construction industry, and I was looking to move into the transportation planning industry earlier this year, so I know exactly how frustrating it is right now. I’ll do what I can to help 🙂

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston January 12, 2011, 9:54 am

    Similar situation — I graduated with my MS in August 2009.. since I could not find a job I started my own business. It’s slowly growing but I still need to nanny to make enough money. By the way, I’m a Registered Dietitian.

  • Sara P January 12, 2011, 9:55 am

    I wish you all the luck in the world Megan! I graduated in May of 2007 with a degree in Advertising from UT. I have since had no luck finding anything in my field…even though I was one of the top of my class as well as interning with a big agency here in Austin. I have since had to settle for a job that gives me a paycheck. I actually like where I work but really miss the creativity that I know I would have at an agency.

    It is really tough out here for recent college grads. I have a cousin who just graduated with a business degree and is going through the same thing as you. It can be hard…but just keep your chin up and keep applying. That is all that you can really do!

    I wish you the best of luck! 🙂

  • Regina January 12, 2011, 9:58 am

    Good luck Meg!

  • Kara January 12, 2011, 9:58 am

    If you were any other type of engineer, I could help you out! I hope you find something soon and if you want to go back to school and become a mechanical or software engineer, let us know 🙂

    My best friend’s little brother just graduated with a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering and he can’t find a job either, so he’s working as a temp doing data entry…yuck!

    My husband works as an engineer now, but his work (NAVAIR) has a hiring freeze thanks to Obama, so that’s no good for you either.

    My mom is a software engineer and her advice to you is to learn some computer code! She thinks her kind of engineering is best 🙂

    Again, good luck Megan!

  • Valerie C. January 12, 2011, 10:09 am

    That is sooo sweet that you are helping Megan 🙂 I will pray for some good news. I loved her blog and think she’s also an amazing woman!! I also come from a family of engineers 🙂

  • Katy @ MonsterProof January 12, 2011, 10:13 am

    I sent this post to my husband who works for Pennoni (biggest firm in the Mid-Atlantic region), but I don’t think they’re hiring right now. Good luck!

    • Melissa January 12, 2011, 3:57 pm

      Who is your husband? I work at Pennoni as well, and maybe I can help push the resume to the top of the pile.

      • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 4:12 pm

        Awesome ladies!

  • Stephanie January 12, 2011, 10:13 am

    This is pretty awesome! My husband is in the same position. It’s just so sad that he spent 4 years studying like crazy for a career that he’s being told he doesn’t have enough experience for! How’s he supposed to get experience without anyone willing to hire him? But with a bad economy and high unemployment, the employers actually hiring can be as picky as they want to be. It’s very frustrating to say the least.

  • Gracie January 12, 2011, 10:14 am

    You are an amazing friend!!! If this turns into a series of sorts, feel free to keep me in mind 😉

  • Brittaney @ thegirlthatcan'tcook January 12, 2011, 10:16 am

    That is so nice of you to help Megan! I’m having the same problem, I haven’t been able to find a college level job since graduating in May of 2009 (majored in Finance and it’s not really something I’m super passionate about). I am debating going back to school to really follow my passion for healthy living (through becoming an R.D. or perhaps getting my personal training license). Best of luck Megan, I’ll pray that you find something.

  • Jamie January 12, 2011, 10:19 am

    Hi Megan,
    Have you ever heard of Battelle? How about Pacific Northwest National Labs? I live in Kennewick, WA, which has one of the healthiest economies in the US right now. Our employment is mostly centered around the Hanford Project Cleanup and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. Both are hiring now, and there are lots of engineering jobs that have good benefit packages. I have a lot of friends who work out there and love it, some who only planned to move here for a few months and have now decided stay longer. To look at jobs go to . We are Benton county 🙂 Good luck

    • Adriana January 12, 2011, 4:09 pm

      Whenever I go visit my parents (in Milton Freewater, Oregon) the Tri-Cities area seems like it is mostly unaffected by the economic downturn and everyone I talk to from there mostly agrees. Glad to hear it’s true!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired January 12, 2011, 10:23 am

    I really feel for Megan! Looking for a job after graduating college was so scary and stressful. I don’t think she’s crazy at all for putting herself out there like this. I’m sure it’s not the first time and it will be well worth it if she gets an interview out of it!

  • Salah (My Healthiest LIfestyle) January 12, 2011, 10:24 am

    Good luck Megan!!!

  • Coco January 12, 2011, 10:26 am

    I am totally in the same predicament, although I only just graduated in December. If anyone knows of any Psychology/Social Work/Mental Health related jobs, let me know!!! I live in the Baltimore area but would be willing to relocate!

  • Gill (snaxandthecity) January 12, 2011, 10:32 am

    that’s kind of you Caitlin 🙂 I hope Megan finds a job, it’s a horrible market right now for grads. I’m sure she’ll do great!

  • Becky January 12, 2011, 10:35 am

    Yup! Similar position. Current English major about to graduate in May with no idea what to do post-graduation. (And I don’t want to be a teacher, which eliminates most of the job opportunities immediately).

  • Shelly January 12, 2011, 10:36 am

    I’m a Chemical engineer but I work with a number of Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical engineers as well.
    The way I’ve always found jobs (and found people to work for my company) is through personal connections. I got my job because someone I went to grad school with was already working for my company, and my company has hired people who were my undergraduate students when I was in graduate school (I recommended them because I knew they were really smart).
    So my first suggestion is to email/facebook/etc… everyone you went to school with (your peers and your TA’s if your department had grad students) who has a job in the field you want.
    My second piece of advice is to consider going back to graduate school. If you are accepted into a PHD program in engineering, it’s likely that you’ll be paid a stipend rather than having to pay for your degree- and if you don’t complete your PHD (I didn’t), engineering is a field that still places a lot of value on a Master’s degree. And while you are there, focus on making connections!
    Good luck!!

  • kimmy January 12, 2011, 10:36 am

    Megan I emailed you about the company I work for.

  • Gracie (complicated day) January 12, 2011, 10:37 am

    I didn’t read all the comments so I don’t know if this is redundant, but the Army Corps of Engineers is hiring civil engineers in many locations. Some of them suck (Afghanistan) and some of them are like a vacation (New Orleans)!

  • Marg January 12, 2011, 10:39 am

    If she can, I would be as open to moving anywhere just to get the experience. It’s a tough market out there.

    • MegaNerd January 12, 2011, 11:10 am

      Hence the map of the U.S. I’m willing to go anywhere for the right job!

  • Janene @ One Run at a Time January 12, 2011, 10:46 am

    I definitely feel for Meghan! I’m only about a month out of grad school, but it’s really tough. I just interviewed for a position on Monday, and it went really well, so hopefully my search will be over soon, but because of my field (Environmental Education!) and the fact that I can’t relocate too far away due to family issues, the market is really tough. I worked very hard in grad school and before, and I’m not giving up on continuing this career anytime soon.

    This is such a great idea, and I’m sure Meghan will land her dream job with your help! You just continue to inspire me!

  • Jen January 12, 2011, 11:10 am

    I think it’s great that you’re trying to help out Meghan (I read her blog too). Luckily, I do have a job, but it’s beyond boring (What college grad wants to do data entry and send emails all day?). It’s enough money to live on, and I am lucky for having this, but I’m finding that there are no mid-level jobs out there. It’s all very high up in the ladder, or more of what I’m doing now . I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Meghan!

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe January 12, 2011, 11:12 am

    I’ve gotten a car, a roomate, a job, and an apartment in the past all from just asking around online. Nice strategy, I hope you find what you’re looking for.

  • Jul January 12, 2011, 11:20 am

    i am graduating this year .. and I am going to experience the same thing soon.. A family member is an engineer for Conti in NJ .. you should look into that

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 12, 2011, 11:24 am

    So neat that you’re doing this to help. I’ll make sure to keep my ear out!

    Also, Wanted to let you know that i tagged you with a Stylish Blogger Award on my blog (not sure if you do those things?). I’m afraid to put the website because I don’t want this to be spam, but I just wanted to let you know!

  • Kelly January 12, 2011, 11:26 am

    Check out this link for Austin, TX (great city by the way and apparently we are not experiencing the downtown in the economy…we have actually added jobs in our workforce! GOODLUCK!:

  • Sarah for Real January 12, 2011, 11:27 am

    Maybe she’s already looked into it (or maybe it’s too late for many projects) but she could search out those projects that were funded by the bail-out funds. I know here in Spokane we got a boat load of money for our new north-south freeway project and it brought a bunch of engineers into the area just a few months back. Maybe there are some projects out there that are still in the hiring part?

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit January 12, 2011, 11:27 am

    Love it! Great post.

  • Natalia - a side of simple January 12, 2011, 11:37 am

    Good luck, Megan! I’m expecting to be in the same boat as you when I graduate in May but my field is Communications. I’ve been really praying about it, though, and working hard so, like you, I know it will pay off!

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 12, 2011, 11:45 am

    Good luck Megan!

  • Sydney J January 12, 2011, 11:45 am

    I totally sympathize with her! I follow her as well, so I’ve found some comfort in the blight of another recent college grad severely underemployed 🙁

  • Sarah January 12, 2011, 11:46 am

    I can really relate to Megan…I graduated August 2010 with a Nursing Degree and there are NO nursing jobs for New Grads in Albuquerque…it gets frustrating (I haven’t even had interviews :/) But, with a new year, there are new opportunities–have to keep positive and keep looking…who knows when you will meet the right person who knows the right job for you 🙂

    I will say, Albuquerque is currently talking about re-vamping our bike lanes/trails…not sure if they are hiring though. I wish Megan all the luck in the world!

    • Reenie January 12, 2011, 4:40 pm

      Have you looked into being a traveling nurse? A friend of mine did that for about 3 years. Not sure if your situation would work (kids, husband, etc.)

      • Sarah January 12, 2011, 4:45 pm

        I have, but most of the companies want you to have at least a year of experience. It’s all good. I am taking this hiatus as a sign that I need to just stop and breathe. I’ve been in some sort of college program since May 2004 (I have a Bachelors in Biology [2008] then the nursing program [2010]) Though the lack of funds is annoying, breaks are okay…heck, I won’t get time off like this once I start working 🙂

        Thank you for the suggestion though! 🙂

        • Mary January 12, 2011, 6:09 pm

          I’m a nurse in the CCU at Duke hospital. Check out their website there are lots of opportunities for new grads 🙂 I mean… if you’re willing to move to North Carolina!

    • Becky January 12, 2011, 6:19 pm

      Have you tried home health? Maybe not the most glamorous beginning, but I had a roommate who started as a home health nurse with her RN (out of undergrad) and got a ton of great experience. And a really nice paycheck (I think it was at least $25 an hour, but might have been more – this was all in Wisconsin though). Good luck!

      • Sarah January 12, 2011, 8:01 pm

        *most* of the home health orgs here want 1 yr of experience too…which I can understand in one way but find really ridiculous in another…I am giving myself till May…if I STILL can’t get a job here, I’ll be moving to a better local 😀

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) January 12, 2011, 11:54 am

    Mucho sympathy here. I’ve been interning for over 4 YEARS in different companies trying to nail something permanent in my field. I only have my dissertation (which is over 50% done) to complete before becoming a PhD.

    I’ll add to the “darn you, economy!” sentiment.

    Good luck!

  • Alyssa January 12, 2011, 12:01 pm

    Come to Washington! We have TONS of engineering going on here (hello Boeing and Fluke in my hometown Everett and Microsoft etc)… also, the school I am attending next year, Bastyr University, JUST had a new student village put in and it was LLED PLATINUM! CHECK IT OUT– so cool!:
    Seattle is full of smart people. We are always dubbed “most intelligent city in the US”. You’ll fit right in 😉
    You just might miss yearround sunshine….. 🙂

    • Alyssa January 12, 2011, 12:02 pm

      LEED* sorry typo

    • Gina January 12, 2011, 2:11 pm

      I am in Seattle (and I def miss the sunshine!) but I do love it here!!! My company is hiring civil and environmental engineers for Environmental Consulting….not quite transportation, but we do have a geotechnical group and environmental construction group.

  • Dee January 12, 2011, 12:03 pm

    Good luck again with your efforts Megan! I wish I could be of more help. I’ll be sending positive vibes over to you!

    1,000 brownie points to Caitlin for being such a lovely friend! 😉

  • pam January 12, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Please let us know if Megan finds a job..interested to see if this works(going thru blogging..)

  • Kelly January 12, 2011, 12:19 pm

    I think this economy is the new norm. Especially as population rises each year. To create new jobs, the environment has to pay. sucks.

  • Jen @ Canoe of Life January 12, 2011, 12:26 pm

    Search on There are lots of different aspects of engineering in the government- even Army, Navy, etc- but you can go in as a civilian employee!

    • Rachel April 23, 2011, 7:09 am

      I’ve heard a lot of complaints about usa jobs taking forever to actually fill spots. I read an article not too long ago they were going to implement a new type of system where from date of posting to hiring an employee couldn’t take more than 80 days.

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair January 12, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I love that you guys did this! Good luck Megan!

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? January 12, 2011, 12:47 pm

    This is such a good idea!! Good luck Megan!

  • Johanna B January 12, 2011, 12:51 pm

    I forwarded your post to the city planning department (which includes transportation). It never hurts to put out feelers. Good Luck Megan.

    • MegaNerd January 12, 2011, 1:09 pm

      thank you for passing it along!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 12, 2011, 12:56 pm

    Best of luck to Megan! I know how tough it is out there right now. Here’s hoping 2011 brings a better economy and many more US jobs!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 12, 2011, 12:56 pm

    I think that’s awesome you are putting yourself out there Megan! Good luck!

  • Katherine: Unemployed January 12, 2011, 1:06 pm

    oh hey girl! I saw the title and thought it might be about me. I’m seeking employment as an industrial engineer! ANY TAKERS?

    • Michelle January 16, 2011, 11:08 am

      Katherine, where are you looking? I am an IE with connections.

      • Katherine: Unemployed January 16, 2011, 2:15 pm

        I am looking for companies in the South East and am open to new ideas. I am ready for an exciting job and want to kick-start my life. I’d be happy for it to inundate my life and teach me new skills and experiences. I would love to know more about what you do as an IE and what your workplace is like!

        • Michelle January 16, 2011, 3:04 pm

          I have worked in a variety of different functions, from staff support, financial analysis, planning/scheduling, work measurement studies, and project management. Workplaces in the South East, in my experience, hold more conservative, traditional values and organization structures, which can be somewhat difficult for some personality types (including mine)….I’m currently working in SE Georgia. IEs tend to thrive either in the manufacturing areas or the program management areas. It’s great if you already know which track you are interested in. Recommend checking out the Lockheed Martin careers website; search for jobs in GA with job category = college and keyword = engineer. Best of luck to you!

  • Amber K January 12, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Sending good vibes Megan’s way. I have absolutely no connections to that field, but hopefully she will be able to find something perfect for her!

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 12, 2011, 1:13 pm

    you’re such a good friend, caitlin! good luck megan! i wish i had engineering contacts.

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic January 12, 2011, 1:22 pm

    I’m not in the same boat, but I’m kinda terrified about maybe slipping into it! Right now I’m a grad student. I’ve got 1-2 years left, but I’m nervous about my future employment situation! I’ve worked HARD to get to where I am, and I’m seeing so many fellow grads graduate and… nothing. I’m terrified about it happening to me!!! Who knows what the future will hold. I’m just hoping that when I graduate, the economy will be on the up and up!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 12, 2011, 1:36 pm

    I really hope Megan gets a job soon!!! My dad is a civil engineer and I forwarded him her post this morning, seeing if he knows of anyone who is hiring.

  • Elizabeth January 12, 2011, 1:39 pm

    Check out Warner Robins, GA. My husband is an Aerospace Engineer and he has told me our area is booming with engineering jobs (civil, aerospace, etc). My husband is working on a contract right now, and his office recently downsized (contract expired- yuck!) and all of the employees who were let go found jobs within a week of looking. Also look on Good luck!

  • Terry January 12, 2011, 2:20 pm

    I am also a civil engineer, yey! I graduated in the spring of 2009 from Michigan State Univeristy. I was one of the lucky ones from my class to have a job lined up right after graduation. The field I was hired into, power line design, was completely foreign to me. I basically design those big power lines you see along the road. Of course I know nothing about the electrical aspect of my job, but thankfully I focus on the poles and towers. There isn’t any way to speicalize in this field while getting a B.S. so I have learned everything on the job. Megan, I definietly suggest you look up transmission line design engineering jobs. I previously worked at POWER Engineers and currenly work at Black & Veatch. I know it doesn’t involve all that fun transportation engineering stuff you like, but we deal with DOT’s on a daily basis for permits, etc. Your background with CAD software would be great for a job like this, too. Good luck!!!

  • Vicky @ eat live spin January 12, 2011, 2:41 pm

    I am in the same boat as Megan… I worked full time as an associate teacher for three years as I went to school for my master’s in Education… and now… I have graduated and there are no teaching jobs… the economy has not been my friend. I wish Megan the best!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life January 12, 2011, 2:44 pm

    Lol I don’t even know what an engineer really does so I guess I’m of no help.
    I actually got a job in my major when I still had a year left of college. I’ve hung on to it for 5 years so far.

  • caronae January 12, 2011, 3:05 pm

    Good luck Megan! I’m graduating this May (with a history degree) and knew it would be so hard to enter the job market at the moment, so I’m planning on going directly to law school. My fingers are crossed that the market is better in a few years!

  • Alicia January 12, 2011, 3:21 pm

    Just sent this to a friend of mine in the field. Hoping for the best for Megan!

  • LM January 12, 2011, 4:05 pm

    I am in the same boat. I’ve been looking for a job in the hospitality / restaurant field since July 2010.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 12, 2011, 6:11 pm

    My whole family works in the engineering field. My dad and mom are both computer engineers/physicists and my brother recenlty graduated with a computer science degree and got a job (within the week!) at an engineering company. I’ll pass this on. Good luck to her!

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  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 12, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Have you tried looking into the Atlanta BeltLine Project? Its really cool:

    They don’t have job listed, but they do have a list of all of the firms approved for work on the project. Maybe that will give you some new places to send your resume.

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  • Raya January 12, 2011, 8:51 pm

    This is an awesome idea and so nice of you to help! I am in the same predicament…I graduated from UCF in 2006 with a degree in Business (Marketing major) but I kept the job I had because to work in marketing would have been a pay cut. But now that I’ve left that job (and moved across the country) I’m back to square one and I would LOVE to take an entry level position!! It’s funny how things change.

  • eatingRD January 12, 2011, 10:24 pm

    Best of luck to Megan! Certainly know how she feels, although I’m stuck in a job that I’m not growing/learning anymore, limited hours, and am having the darndest time finding a new one! so very tough, but hopefully after I get my MS something will pop up 🙂 wishing you the best!

  • Lili January 13, 2011, 12:49 am

    Hey Megan, look at the big tech companies in the silicon valley ( San Francisco bay area), California. For instance, Apple is always hiring and they pay for relocation!! Good luck on your search.

  • Susan - Nurse on the Run January 13, 2011, 6:55 am

    While I don’t know of any open engineering positions, I will say that I totally sympathize! When I graduated from nursing school in 2008, everyone told me I’d have ten job offers in hand….after applying to over 200 jobs, I finally got a job offer at the complete opposite of where I wanted to be, but I had to take it. Good luck, job hunting is miserable!

  • Mike February 27, 2011, 4:18 am

    It’s crazy how similar a position I’m in, right down to when I graduated and wanting to go into transportation engineering.

  • Felon Job Finder April 13, 2011, 9:22 pm

    There are so many competitions in the Engineering field especially on her chosen field which is Civil Engineering: Transportation. So many applicants but the slots is only limited in that area. But as I read Megan’s desire and qualifications, there is no doubt that she will be able to land a job sooner. We all just have to be persistent and patient. Goodluck in your job haunting, Megan.

  • Rachel April 23, 2011, 7:11 am

    Wanted to wish you the best of luck. I’m also in the same boat as you right now, but in the Computer Engineering field. It can be pretty frustrating looking at job after job and only seeing 5+ years experience required.

  • Charlie December 29, 2011, 2:01 pm

    Megan I fully understand the anxiety and frustration in the inability to land an engineering job. I don’t know if u remember me but I believe we took some classes together at UCF and also focused on transportation. This economy is forcing individuals to look outside the box and broaden their horizon. I worked for two engineering firms part-time while at UCF and after graduation they had no full time positions. People with great qualifications were being laid off while other individuals played games on the computer all day had job security, ” I hate politics”. I hope this blog helps you in your career search, your a bright individual and prosperous future awaits. As for myself, I started an inspection business in WPB and for the most part things are moving along but am stilling looking for an opportunity as a civil engineer. I’m hoping this economy strengthens and America gets back on the right track. Best Regards

  • MechEng January 18, 2012, 10:41 pm

    Did Megan find a job?

  • co April 4, 2012, 3:06 am

    What’s with all the talk about Engineering majors having a six figure job offer after graduations? I guess it doesn’t apply to all.

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