Welcome to “3 Questions with …”, a recurring feature on the Career Center blog. We’re asking alumni of all graduation years and career interests to share a bit of their experiences and advice.
Chiamaka Chima, E’14, EG’16 Intel – Analog Design & Solutions Engineer
1. In just a few sentences, please tell us about your current job/graduate program/vocational endeavor.
I am an Analog Design & Solutions Engineer at Intel. Essentially, this entails designing, testing, automating, documenting and collaborating with other engineers to build components which help with on-die power management of chips.
2. How did your time at Tufts influence your career journey?
Tufts expanded my foundation in problem-solving. The answer is not always at the back of the book in the real world. Most times, we haven’t seen the problem before and we try to figure it out. Part of that involves technical foundational skills learned at Tufts, collaboration, and networking with other people and other teams – another skillset the Career Center at Tufts teaches and advocates.
For a student, an extension of that could be talking to alumni to figure out, or at least, get a perspective on what’s ahead. You need to be resourceful and utilize the resources abundantly provided for you.
Research, Internships, and Independent studies are also other avenues that offer practical insights. You may find out you either like or don’t like an aspect of a field and have ample time to test things out.
3. What advice would you offer to a student who wants to pursue a career path like yours?
Continue to improve your fundamentals and try out an internship.
- Pursue research on campus as a stepping stone or even a discussion point for your industry interview. It’s a low-hanging fruit. The knowledge will be invaluable in providing practical insights into your classroom theoretical learnings.
- Talk to the Career Services and utilize the resources
- Speak to upperclass students and to alumni
- Practice, Practice, Practice….