I would like to know people's experiences in how they were able to gain employment (see poll). Any thoughts or comments people might have are openly welcomed. I ask because I am a recent MecE grad. I graduated top of my class from a strong program. Right now the economy is not great for MecE guys where I live. Many of my colleagues who I graduated with that are working in good entry-level positions with solid pay got their positions through connections with relatives or friends/associates. For example, one guy's dad is a director of a company and he got on with them right away. I'll add that his brother, who is also a MecE and graduated two years ago, is also with the company (no surprise there). Another guy has an uncle who is vice-president of a company and he got on with them right away. The only guys I know who got jobs the honest way are working for next to nothing for companies who don't treat their employees all that well doing menial work they are overqualified for. I haven't found a job. Had a few interviews but it hasn't led to anything. I wish my dad was a higher up in some company that has engineering work. Then I'd be in business. It bothers me that the "best man for the job" thing doesn't exist anymore. Cronyism and nepotism together with affirmative action have pretty much killed that. Makes me sick.