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March 2009

T. Boone Pickens Town Hall Meeting

Alternative energy is a hot topic right now. A growing number of engineering students that I meet with are interested in pursuing career goals that revolve around creating greener technology. That’s why I was excited to hear that oil-tycoon-turned-renewable-domestic-energy-activist, T. Boone Pickens, was partnering with AEP CEO, Mike Morris, for a town hall style meeting to discuss the future of our country’s energy needs.

Pickens is 80 years old, and jokes that he can only remember the past 40 years. He started off the town hall meeting by recalling how in 1970, President Richard Nixon promised to put an end to America’s dependence on foreign oil. He recalled that every president since has made the same promise. In 1970, 24% of oil was imported. Today we import approximately 70%. T. Boone Pickens sees this as not only an energy crisis but also a security crisis, since much of the imported … 

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Making an Effort

“Ninety percent of success is showing up.”

One of my more successful family members shares this philosophy with us regularly. The older I get, the more life experiences I have, the more this seems to be true.

Working here at Career Services I have learned that “showing up” is crucial to job search success. First and foremost, if you are lucky enough to get an on-campus interview, show up. If you have to walk two miles uphill in the snow, show up. If you are not going to show up, don’t sign up.

Show up for information sessions of companies that are interesting to you, even if you are not looking for a job. Learn about the company, what they do and what the culture is like from someone who works there all from the comfort of your own campus.

Show up for a resume review. If you are … 

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"Tell me about yourself!"

During the past couple of weeks, students applying to join Texnikoi [the engineering activities honorary] have been coming to my office in a steady stream because my signature is one of half a dozen required on the application form.

Most seemed surprised that I wanted to talk with them, instead of quickly signing the form. But I wanted to meet them - to learn a little about each person, to find out about their current and future plans, and to hear how their job searches were coming along.

My first question was one typically asked by interviewers: “Tell me about yourself.” Surprisingly, most students seemed taken aback by the question and stumbled in their answers. Do they do the same in interviews, I wonder?

A few had ready answers. Here are a couple of examples. “I’m from a small town in NW Ohio, and currently I’m a junior, majoring … 

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The current job market and how to navigate it

First, the bad news:
Even if you don’t pay much attention to economic news, you’ve probably heard bad news about the state, national, or global economic situation. Nationally, more jobs were eliminated in January 2009 than in any year since 1974. During the past three months, employers have eliminated at least 1.8 million jobs. The unemployment rate is at its highest level since 1992. In addition, 2.6 million people have been out of work for more than six months, the largest number of long-term unemployed since 1983.* News reports tell us that more than 525,000 people in Ohio are unemployed, the most since 1980. A recent MarketWatch story was headlined, “worst job losses in 60 years… .” Sixteen US banks have failed since January. Most people have seen retirement accounts and other investments decline in value by 40% or more.

You may have family members who … 

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