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How I found a job after graduation

These seven recent college grads bucked employment trends and landed great jobs after graduation. Here's how they did it.

Knowing what you want

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Maria Quintero, 22
College: Florida International University
Degree: Bachelors in Electrical Engineering
Current job: Chrysler Institute Engineer in Auburn Hills, Mich.

How I got my job: I would go to career fairs and conferences organized by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. With the help of SHEP, I was able to get an internship at Toyota. The internship lasted eight months, and I was in the electronic systems department.

After the internship, I went to a STEM conference and interviewed with Chrysler. They flew me out to Michigan for another interview on a Friday. A few days later, I received an offer. It was a dream come true.

The program will let me work full-time at Chrysler's headquarters while earning a master's degree in electrical engineering. Chrysler will also pay my full tuition, as long as I keep my grades and GPA up.

Advice for current students and recent grads: Join organizations that get you out there. Once you do that, you will have many more options to get an internship.

  @ANJ0817 - Last updated June 20 2013 01:50 PM ET

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