With practice, engineering students—including those who aren't studying computer science—can also benefit from improving their communications skills, says Elisa Kropat, a civil engineering graduate student at the College of Engineering at University of Delaware.
At Delaware, communications fellows—or students in journalism or communications—work with engineering students to help them improve their public speaking skills. That's been helpful for Kropat, who notes that many engineering job applications require writing samples.
"Traditionally," she says, "the stereotype is that engineers don't have good writing skills."
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