By Lucas Camargo, October 08, 2021 Postgraduate engineering programs: 7 tips for choosing a course Education & Research In an increasingly competitive market, many engineers seek a postgraduate course to differentiate themselves from other professionals, as well as to improve and add new knowledge to their portfolio. However, when seeking training, these professionals are faced with an infinite number of specialization courses, and the question arises: what aspects should be considered when choosing a course? The tips below point out some criteria that should be evaluated when choosing a postgraduate engineering course. Professional growth Ask yourself: Which graduate engineering course am I interested in and can it help me advance professionally? Focusing on this answer, look for an area in which you are interested in. In addition, check industry data, talk to professionals who work in the area, and deeply understand the main challenges they face. Another criterion to consider is to check which areas of engineering have a shortage of skilled labor, such as computer simulation in engineering, which is an area that is constantly growing. Become a specialist! Opportunities are rare when the student, during college, has the possibility to dedicate and deepen their knowledge in some theme/area. Look for a graduate course in engineering that provides this differential. The market increasingly values professionals who, besides having the general knowledge of a bachelor’s degree, add specific competence and skills. Try to become a reference, an expert on the subject! Teaching Institution Choose educational institutions that are a reference in the subject of interest and that have credibility in the market. It is worth pointing out that an institution should not be ranked by the number of students enrolled, but by its reputation in the market, the quality of the teaching staff, the infrastructure that the school makes available to students, the course content, and the methodology applied. Another important tip is to seek references about the institution and the training from former students. Theory allied to practice Analyze the subjects offered in the course, talk to the institution’s coordination team and understand if there is a balance between theory and practice. When opting for a graduate course in engineering, remember that the market needs professionals who know what to do and how to do it, and who are able to apply their knowledge in the day to day of the company and find safe and efficient solutions. Faculty The learning experience can be even more enjoyable when you find professors who combine practical and theoretical knowledge and help students develop their skills with didactics. Search for information related to the profile of the teachers and what is their background – specialization, master’s or doctorate. Also assess where these professionals work or have worked in the labor market, as well as the lines of academic research developed. Partnership with International Institutions Is the standard of the course international? Check if the educational institution has agreements with foreign schools. It is essential that the subjects and methodologies adopted by the school are in line with the world’s best practices. 7. Pay attention! Seek all possible information! Research, read, talk, call, write. Invest time in searching for information related to the course and the institution where you intend to invest your resources. It is also worth remembering that it is important to compare the options and evaluate the cost-benefit of your selection. It is important to point out that choosing a graduate engineering course and enrolling are only the first step towards a new challenge. It is also necessary to take your studies seriously and practice the exercises offered by your professors. The student’s commitment must be aligned with the institution’s potential to facilitate the learning process. Good studies! Lucas Camargo ESSS Institute Education Business Analyst - Latin America and Iberia Business Administrator graduated at UFSC, with specialization in sales and marketing from PUC/RS. He has been working as an ESSS Institute educational consultant for 10 years. He is responsible for the commercial activities of the Postgraduate courses and training in computer simulation (CAE) for the several engineering areas.