Hi all. I will be graduating next year and wanted some of your input. I will recieve a B.S. In applied physics and mathematics from University of Miami, hopefully summa cum laude (>3.9 GPA). I also have coursework in chemistry (through organic 2 and physical chemistry 2) and biology (through genetics and cell molec). I did this mostly out of personal interest, wanting to explore the sciences. I've set my crosshairs on a career as a systems engineer, as I like the "generalist, glue of the team" role they play as well as the connected management responsibilities. I'm worried from what I've seen at times on this forum: HR may screen me out due to the "engineer or bust" mentality that makes their jobs easier. Would they consider extracurricular and pre-college experience? Specifically: 1. I have a German Abitur with specialization in electromechanical engineering (pre-college, very good GPA only pulled down a bit by German and German history -- didn't speak the language when I moved there) 2. I am an inventor, and have patents on functional devices, have met investors and their technical experts to discuss them etc. So far this hasn't cashed out but I was never taken off guard by any questions they had. 3. I have been working in an environmental engineering lab/project for the past year. I feel this is more than adequate preparation for an entry level position, but what do I know? What would you advise me to do to improve my chances? I plan to do a masters in systems engineering while working, hopefully for Lockheed Martin in Orlando (I hear they are more forgiving of science grads). Thanks!