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October 2010

What I did this summer...

This summer, I traveled around Ohio to observe Ohio State engineering students on co-ops and internships. Through this experience, I saw firsthand what students actually do once they start working.

Here are some insights that will help you in preparing for your next co-op or internship experience.

My observation: Just because two companies hire your major doesn't mean that the work environment will be the same. A student might be working on the floor of a metals plant LITERALLY getting their hands dirty - it's fast, exciting, and really cool work, but it's definitely not for the timid! With a different company, that same student might be sitting behind a computer and making careful observations throughout the day. Though the student may be applying the same technical skills, these are very different environments.

Lesson learned: Do your research! As a job seeker, understand what companies actually do... AND how they … 

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Learn more about internships & co-ops at upcoming workshop!

Are you currently looking for an internship or co-op opportunity? Do you want to know more about the type of work engineering students do during an internship or co-op? Come talk with a panel of engineering students who have "been there and done that." They will share their real world work experience, provide tips for success, and answer questions you might have about internships and co-ops.

The ECS workshop, "Everything you want to know about internships and co-ops", is being held THIS Monday, Oct. 25th at 5:30 pm in 412 Bolz Hall. The panel of student speakers have interned or co-oped at companies like Nationwide, Swagelok, General Motors, General Electric, Toyota, Lockheed Martin, Duke Energy...and many more. Don't miss this opportunity to hear what students have to say about what it's really like once you get hired!

"Always walk through life as if you have something … 

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The Benefits of a Leadership Development Program

Today's blog features guest writer, Marc Kuttler, who is a Process and Materials Manager at Owens Corning Science & Technology in Granville, Ohio.

Why become part of a Leadership Development Program when you can go straight into a ‘real job'? You can see graduation in your headlights. It's the day you've been working towards for many years. Excitement builds as you prepare for the next phase of your life. You are ready to get down to work and start making good money instead of just getting by. It's going to be great!

But what if it's not? What if that ‘perfect' job you have waiting for you is not your life's calling? What if you don't like it at all - not the responsibilities, the people, the location? Obviously, it's not the start you had planned.

While this does not happen often, it can and does happen. And it's not … 

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2010 Engineering EXPO is tomorrow!

Just a reminder that Engineering EXPO is tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 7th) from 11am-4pm. Expo will be held at the Ohio Union this year, in the Archie Griffin Ballroom on the second floor. You can pick up your EXPO Programs for FREE at ECS today. Tomorrow they will be $1 at the door of the event.

Check out these archived blogs for relevant information for career fair success...

  • Career Fair Prep

  • Working a Career Fair



"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
-Benjamin Franklin