As a future engineer, you have already realized that mastering the tools of the trade is a must to succeed in your career. Your employer will particularly appreciate the IT skills you have when you enter your first real engineering job.

Software providers recognize the need of the industry to employ tech savvy graduates and work together with universities and educational institutions worldwide to narrow the gap between studies and work life. Here are five tips to make success in the trade a bit easier for you:

1. Learn the BIM way of thinking right from the start.
Only imagination sets the limit for using 3D building information modeling in engineering. In the end of the day, it's all about collaboration: getting your team and all project parties working together by using Open BIM. It is the only efficient way of managing analysis and design data as well as the construction site.

2. Utilize the free educational material available.
Tekla Campus is an online academy for engineering and construction students to learn Tekla BIM tools. Registering to Tekla Campus gives you:

  • Access to download Tekla Structures Learning edition, a free student license
  • Video tutorials to get your learning wheels rolling
  • An opportunity to share your thoughts with other Tekla Campus students at the discussion forum

3. Seek work opportunities early on during your studies.
In addition to software skills, your future employers will appreciate practical experience. You should actively and early on during your studies express you interest in the field and look for internships, action learning, and project opportunities to get a real hands-on experience.

4. Participate in competitions and create a portfolio.
Now that you have free tools at your disposal, why not start learning by doing? For example, with the Tekla Structures Learning edition you can participate in the Tekla Global BIM Awards student competition to show everybody what you have learned.

What would be a better reference when applying for work than a recognized project presented with the most advanced solutions available? After utilizing the tips above, collect your achievements into an impressive portfolio. It will be easier to approach employers with something concrete to show your talent and skills instead of just a list of university courses taken.

5. Keep learning and updating. 
We know that technological methods evolve quickly in any industry. Graduating and finding work as an engineer does not mean that you will stop learning. Work is a lifelong learning experience, and updating to the latest tools with all necessary training material included is a great way of keeping up with the development of the trade in the future.

Start today!