I've had a degree in electrical engineering for 1.5 years now, and I have yet to work as an engineer.
Every interview I get, the interviewer says that it's concerning that I don't have any work experience in engineering and I've just done academic research since undergrad. They don't want to hear about side projects like building an amplifier or look at my Github - they say this specifically.
I've sent out 3 applications about every day since before I graduated, so well over a thousand, and I've had about 20 phone interviews as a result with zero offers.
I don't know how to get a job as an engineer. Most of my peers I graduated with are in the same boat and work in tech support or academia, and they all hate it. Almost no one in my class was able to get an internship, including me.
Has anyone been able to get past the "2+ years of experience in $DOMAIN" requirement?