Hawks Hired! George Higham ’23

Hawks Hired highlights the accomplishments of RWU graduates as they finalize the next steps in their career journeys. George is currently a Crane Engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat. Read on to learn more about his next chapter since graduation.

What was your program of study at RWU? While at RWU I majored in Mechanical Engineering and minored in Math.

Graduation year? I graduated in May of 2023.

Where is your next adventure? (Company/School and Role) I have been working as a Crane Engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat in the Quonset Point facility.

What are you most looking forward to in this new role? I most look forward to learning from others to further my engineering knowledge and skills. I also look forward to working with new equipment to support the production of the world’s finest submarines.

What was the process like of landing this job/next opportunity? I began my job search at the beginning of senior year. I knew that I wanted to combine my passions for sailing and engineering to work within the naval or marine engineering industry. I applied for many different openings at various companies throughout the year. During spring semester I had two interviews with GD Electric Boat and after the second interview I received an offer. After carefully considering other offers I received I chose to accept the position.

Who helped you during your job search/graduate school process? I am grateful to have had a lot of support throughout my job search. I utilized feedback from my summer internship employer, the career center, my parents, and my coach to craft my cover letter and resume. I also took an engineering senior seminar course which required me to work on my cover letter, resume, and complete a mock interview.

What advice do you have to students who are in the process of finding a job/going to graduate school? I recommend starting the process early since it takes time. It was difficult for me to find time between being involved as a student athlete and peer mentor along with the rigorous engineering coursework. I treated the job search just as I would another one of my classes. Another important piece of advice that I have is to follow up. After an interview I always made it a point to send a follow up email later that day. This shows the employer that you’re interested and appreciate them taking time out of their day to interview you. Most importantly, be yourself!

Want to share your next steps with the CCPD? Email Kevin (kdeeb@rwu.edu) in the CCPD to learn more about sharing with us!

By Kevin Deeb
Kevin Deeb Career Advisor