Here’s my advice:
If you want a job in electronics, show them that you love electronics.
I’ve previously gotten a job as a Python programming teacher without knowing Python. And I’m convinced it was because I showed them that I loved programming (which I do).
A while back, I received an email from Przemek from Poland. He wrote:
Yesterday I read your post about applying for a job as Python teacher at school, do you remember it? It inspired me a lot. Today I wrote an email for an electronics designers company where I told them I were really passionate about electronics. And I have an interview next Wednesday!
Guess what… He got the job!
Przemek’s Advice On How To Get A Job In Electronics
A few months later I wanted to check up on him. And I asked him if he had any advice for people without experience who want to get a job in electronics.
Here’s his reply:
Based on my own experience it was not easy to find a job when you are starting in electronics. Well, after I had got a degree in Mechatronics I had an interview in a company form railway industry. I had been practicing there for three months during the studies (but not as electronics engineer etc.).
Unfortunately I didn’t passed it, it turned out that I had lack of experience in electronics – and so I did. I think it is good if you have experience – even as a hobbyist. If you can create a portfolio of projects you had designed – it will be your strong advantage. Even if they were really simple. The more the better – but they must work of course :D
After that I started looking for a job in a bigger city, designed a little project which I could present (an Atmega controlling a stepping motor – I don’t even remember if it was working :) ).
I applied for much much much jobs, but all my applications were unanswered. About half a year had passed before I had a chance to attend in the next interview.
So you have to be patient – but I think it is true no matter what job you look for. This time I succeed, so could open champagne :)
My present job is my second as an electronics engineer. I have already had about 1,5-year experience in this and it took me only 2-3 weeks to find a company that was looking for engineers. And they were willing to hire me. This time I was also praying for a good job, so…
Looking for a second job is much easier if you are well prepared – during the interview we discussed some projects from my previous job portfolio :)
Experience and working projects in your portfolio and patience – I think they are must-have if you seek for a job in electronics. Especially if it is your first job.
At the beginning of the electronics career maybe it would be good if such a person would look for a job as a member of production team, where they can solder things and maybe look at some schematics. And in time they could gain experience, climb the ladder and get better positions. I would also recommend to learn some C. It is another skill which may make the difference – and maybe you want to become more software than hardware man?
Arduino is a good introduction to electronics and programming, but in my opinion it is a little playground – I have never seen anybody used it in work.
Anyway, I’m sure if anybody really loves electronics and working on it is fun for them – they will find job sooner or later :)
I think I wrote too much, but I hope you can find some tips based on my story.
Get Experience At Home
Work experience is of course the best thing to have when looking for a job in electronics. But, if you don’t have it – then experience from your own projects is the second best thing.
9 Circuits is an eBook I wrote that will help you become great at building circuits. It has nine circuit-building challenges you’ll have to overcome. And you’ll get to build things like a game, a homemade musical instrument and a cookie-jar alarm.
It’s a great way to get started building circuits at home, before taking on that big project you’ve always wanted to do. And it’s a fun way to spend your time that will help you get a job in electronics.
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