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Company Size: Is it Important?

Company sizes vary—ranging from multi-billion dollar corporations to start-ups and everywhere in between. Trying to figure out where you want to be on this spectrum is an important part of your research process. While there is ultimately no right answer, there may be a better fit for you. Each company is unique, no matter their size, but there are some things to consider as you determine your interests and priorities.

Know What Matters To You

There are a lot of different things that make up your job experience. Salary, culture, benefits, communication style, flexibility, group environment, location, advancement opportunities, and training programs are all things that go into choosing what company you want to work for. Understanding yourself can help determine what you need to start looking for in an employer. Make a priorities list for “must” items and one for things you would like to have. Using this list, you … 

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Updates for the 2017-2018 Job Shadow Program

The Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program is a unique way for you to connect with employers. It’s rare that you get to spend the better part of a day learning about a specific company or industry on-site and meeting a variety of company representatives. Also noteworthy? Typically in the world of recruitment, the employer chooses you. With job shadow, so long as you match the event’s criteria and can transport yourself to the event, YOU get to decide what employers you would like to visit. Last year, ~80% of employers participating in job shadow stated that they used the program as a recruitment tool. So it’s very possible that your time spent developing insights and connections at the shadow could lead to future employment. Now that I’ve sold you on why you should participate, I’m going to break down the major changes for the 2017-2018 program. 

Change #1 … 

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My Cool Co-op with NASA: A Student's Perspective

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Each year, ECS hosts our Cool Co-op Contest, and a winner is chosen in each of the following categories: Perk, People, and Projects. Riley Daulton, our Project winner, is the guest blogger this week. Below she talks about her incredible experiences at NASA.

I have had the pleasure interning three times with NASA! My first two internships were at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, FL (Spring and Summer of 2016). My third internship was at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX. While working at NASA’s space centers, I contributed to the coolest projects out there!

At KSC, I was involved in design and testing of an instrument that would go to Mars or an asteroid and characterize the organic compounds on the surface. I was responsible for conceptual designs of different components of the instruments such as a pressure vessel and a fluid pump. I also worked in … 

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Conquering One-Way Recorded Interviews

One-way recorded video (on-demand) interviewing, otherwise known as “asynchronous” interviews, are on the rise and since it can be somewhat awkward for candidates, it is all the better to be prepared! What exactly are these types of interviews, you ask? They are conducted with software that companies use for distance interviewing that takes the place of an actual “live” person asking you the questions.

There are 2 kinds: either the employer will request a video from the candidate in which you answer pre-scripted questions due by a certain deadline OR in the video interview, you will be the only one visible but you’ll hear an interviewer ask you the questions. Certain software might only allow a specific number of attempts at answering the question, so being prepared will ensure that you provide an impressive response with the time and attempts allotted. Here are a few tips to ensure your success with … 

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Eliminating Pre-Interview Nerves

You landed an interview - Congratulations! You tell your friends, call your folks, and maybe even share with a professor. You bask in the “what’s possible” for a while, but soon the “what’s imminent” sets in and you start to worry. …What will they ask me? …What will I say? …Will they like me?

Channel that nervous energy. Use it to prepare for the interview rather than fret about it. You can do a Google search to find advice ranging from getting enough rest, exercise, and proper diet to using imagery and power poses. All of that can be helpful, but the best use of your time and energy would be in preparation.

To prepare you with what to expect and how to respond to interviewers, ECS suggests using any/all of the resources below.

  • ECS Student Handbook – The section on interviewing, located on pp. 25 – 31, gives concrete … 
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