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Hi all - My son is just graduating this summer with engineering degree. He’s due to start at Booz Allen. Thoughts on words of advice to him? This is his first job ever… no internship experience either.

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Invest in your 401k from the start.

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He’s got a valuable degree. He will do well in life. Good parenting.

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Thank you M1. Those days in high school seemed tough… ow it was all worth it. Appreciate the kind words.

Use your ears twice as much as you use your mouth

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Build relationship early on with managers or partners. A lot of the time it’s just appearing and you form relationships. Also join things outside of whatever project you’re on. Either corporate groups at BAH or even just things outside of work. Trying to keep sanity is definitely important early on

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Be coachable

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Get the basics down as fast as possible. Don’t feel the need to go 0-100 immediately. You can’t build on sand, so the first few years are crucial even though they can be awful at times. - someone currently replacing sand with concrete

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Aggressively stay on engineering projects and work under other engineers. Booz Allen has a knack for taking talented technically capable engineers and turning them into project managers with an engineering degree. If he is in any engineering field where a PE is in his future, I can not stress enough that he needs to be working alongside another PE and not diminish the value of the degree he just earned.

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Thank you.

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