I am a graduating electrical and computer engineering major in May, 2015. Concentration in Systems Engineering. Systems engineering internships for biggest defense contractor and research experience in Systems engineering. I want to go to grad school for Systems Engineering.
BUT! I have some family things going on and I need to be home for a year or 2 before I go to grad school.
SO! I am going to try and find a local job, (Philly metro area), as hopefully a systems engineer or something relevant so as to keep my industry experience along the lines of systems engineering. However, I am a try hard! So I need something extra to make myself a "wow" kind of candidate, (i.e. unpaid research in systems engineering, joining committees, doing things at night to assist a professor with Systems work).
So any advice guys? How can I, with the next 2 years of my life, keep myself relevant with systems engineering as I already am, and make myself an even stronger applicant to grad school so that I am NEEDED so much that I can get research assistantships and such?