When I first discovered that effective engineering communication was a requirement for my engineering degree, I was sceptical. However, completing the courses demonstrated the relevance of the course to my career advancement. Writing resumes and cover letters was the most useful subject in the course for me. For the co-op I took in college, I had prior experience with resume and cover letter writing. This course made me realise that I was making a lot of errors when it came to writing a resume and a cover letter. It assisted me in improving my resume by demonstrating what things I could highlight in order to attract the attention of a prospective employer. Cover letter writing was another skill that was significantly developed as a result of this course. On my first submission, I was able to write a successful cover letter that landed me a career. The back of the napkin assignment was one of the most complicated aspects of the course for me. Although the idea of the task was interesting, I think the material we were required to provide was severely limited. I failed to come up with a fascinating subject to present, and even now, after finishing the task, I am not fully satisfied. The task taught me a valuable skill: preparing. I had to think about and plan ahead of time how I would present my content, such as what diagrams I would use to catch the audience's attention and tell them about an engineering subject. Since I had to show my knowledge in a visually appealing format, this task also helped me develop my video editing and presenting skills. The axioms of communication and the 7 c's of communication helped me achieve these self-developments from ENG-2003.
The foundations of communication assisted me in setting the stage and improving the principles of communication that I already learned to help me becoming a more successful communicator. It taught me how to modify each message so that not only the listener, but also me, completely comprehend what I'm explaining. They made me realise that conversation is about more than just what is said, it is also about what isn't said. As a result, this course has improved my ability to communicate successfully to a large audience by assisting me in understanding and evaluating the elements of a successful communicator.
I've also found that my professional emails to professors and TAs have significantly changed over the duration of this course. I'm also considering a variety of factors, such as appropriate greetings and closing remarks, that I hadn't considered until taking this course. Writing is my strongest form of speech, followed by presenting, and then eye contact and body language. Despite the fact that I have previously taken this and other communication-related classes, I do not consider myself to be an experienced communicator. I assume I have more space for growth, and I am continuously working to change before completing my post-secondary education.
Overall, the most valuable message from this course was an improvement of confidence while talking, whether it was one-on-one or in front of a massive crowd.