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Get a head start on becoming a Professional Engineer!

If you are graduating this coming spring or summer quarter, you can apply now to take the spring 2011 Fundamentals of Engineering exam (FE). If your career goals include becoming a Professional Engineer (P.E.), applying for the FE is the first step towards realizing that objective! Although you can wait to take the FE until after you graduate, many engineers find the knowledge freshest in their mind while they are still in school...thus making the test less daunting.

To apply you must obtain a letter from the Dean...Wednesday, January 9, 2011 is the date by which you need to request this document from the College of Engineering Student Services' office. The application deadline is Friday, January, 11, 2011. You can find the official application materials and more information on the State of Ohio's website. The actual exam is on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 8am to … 

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ECS Move & Holiday Break Hours

Autumn quarter always seems to rush by...the colorful leaves fall from the trees, the days get shorter, the air gets colder...before we know it, the season changes to winter. The weather isn't the only thing that's changed around here...ECS is moving! We are saying goodbye to Mason Hall and heading back to our permanent home, Hitchcock Hall. Due to the move, we will be closed on Tuesday, December 14th and Wednesday, December 15th. We'll resume meeting with students after Friday, December 17th in our renovated space in 199 HI. If you're around, Winter break is an optimal time to meet with an advisor to discuss your job search. ECS will be open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. However, we will be closed on Thursday, December 23rd and Friday, December 24th as well as Friday, December 31st. We hope you'll stop by to see … 

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Use your free time over the holiday break-to evaluate & improve your job search efforts!

Now that winter break is near, we hope you will have some time to reflect upon your fall quarter job search. Was it successful or is there still work to be done? If your job search was a success, congratulations on your job offer (and please report it - see the link at the bottom)! For those of you that are still looking, this is a great time to think about what you can do to improve your job search. Were you getting too few first interviews? Do you feel your interviewing performance needs work? Were your efforts focused only around Expo? (Keep in mind, a career fair is just ONE way to look for jobs-not THE way, or the most effective way.) Did you utilize the entire quarter to apply for positions?

Consider scheduling an appointment with an ECS advisor during winter break or the month of January … 

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How important is co-op/internship experience?

If you are considering pursuing a co-op or internship opportunity, but aren't sure if it is worth your time, think about the following:

Experience is the first thing that employers consider when reviewing a resume. You may have heard the story that it's easier to get a job once you have had a job. In engineering, this is absolutely true. Last year, 68% of the BS graduates in engineering graduated with at least one quarter of co-op or internship experience. Of the engineering students who reported firm plans for after graduation, 84% had at least one quarter of co-op or internship experience. Students who decide to forego co-op or internship experience in order to graduate quickly often find that their resume is not competitive when it comes to the full-time job search.

Employers often look for full-time candidates within their co-op and internship populations. Recruiting can be time-consuming, expensive, and … 

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Community Service through AmeriCorps

Have you ever participated in community service and seen the difference a passionate group of people can make? Have you wondered what you could accomplish if you had more time and resources? Are you looking for a "gap year" between graduation and your future career or graduate school? Do you believe that you could help make a difference in our country? AmeriCorps might be the program for you!

AmeriCorps is a federal government program that offers 75,000+ opportunities every year to make a difference in America's communities. A sampling of topic areas are: community development, community outreach, disaster relief, economic development, education, health, hunger, housing, neighborhood revitalization, public safety, and technology. AmeriCorps is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons, work with diverse populations, and challenge yourself in ways you may have never imagined during 10 to 12 month service terms.

AmeriCorps is comprised of three main programs: AmeriCorps … 

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