Moving from college to career:
I graduated in May 2008. I got offered my current job seven months before graduation. I think most engineering companies want to hire the best and brightest new graduates right out of college. If you work hard to make it through an engineering curriculum and get involved outside of the classroom, you will have many opportunities ahead of you.
I came to NI primarily because of the culture of the company. It offered a huge variety of technical career paths. I had an Engineering degree, but wasn't exactly sure how to use it - Hardware or software? Research and development, or technical marketing? Project management or people management?
At NI, I got to figure out that I like software, managing projects, and helping people. So I chose the Product Support Engineer path. My job aligns very little with my Engineering classes in school, but it aligns a lot with the activities I enjoyed outside of class, like event planning, mentoring, and being a Teaching Assistant (TA).