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April 2014

International Students and the Job Search, Part I

Anyone searching for an internship/co-op or job in today’s market faces tough competition and being an international student can add an extra level of difficulty.

Although the job hunt can be frustrating, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many international students who have secured internships or full-time positions while hosting career related events on campus. Based on my experience, I’d like to share a few common themes I’ve found to be true in student success stories:

Develop a well-written resume:

The resume will determine how successful you are in attracting potential employers – focus on your strengths and achievements! Check out the ECS resume template for international students.

Don’t put your eggs all in one basket:

In other words, do not place ALL your time, energy, and effort into studying and getting that 4.0 GPA. Take some time outside of classes to speak with people who are working … 

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Employer on-campus interviewing feedback

As generally the last person to talk to recruiters after they finish a day of on-campus recruiting at ECS, I hear a lot of feedback about our students. Most of it is positive; I often have recruiters tell me how refreshing it is to interview so many great candidates in one day. However, I also hear about it when students don’t exactly meet their expectations. Here are a few of the most common recruiter complaints—and what to do to avoid these mistakes!

  • Wear proper interview attire!

I cannot stress this enough! First impressions are absolutely critical. If not explicitly stated by the interviewer in advance, formal interview attire is expected every time. I’ve had recruiters tell me that a candidate had great credentials but that the casual dress made them reconsider. Formal interview attire may seem a hassle when you are also have class and other activities on the same … 

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Factor in cost of living in job search decisions

Whether you're searching for a place to live while doing a co-op/internship or for a full-time job offer upon graduation, it is extremely important to remember to factor in the cost of living for that specific location. The cost of living is crucial to making a fully informed job search decision, and many times students forget to take that into account. Costs vary depending on region, size of city, and at times, the length of stay. As a graduate student, I will be interning with an out-of-state company this summer, and was undoubtedly worried about not only finding a place to live that was safe and practical, but also a place that allowed me to save some of my income.

You may be considering working for Company X in Atlanta, Georgia as well as Company Y in Boston, Massachusetts. At this point your ideal steps would be to first and … 

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Cool Co-op Project: Changing the Future of Flight

Today’s post is written by computer science engineering student, Tyler Moore.  Tyler is sharing a cool project that he worked during his experience at GE Aviation.  

 

The aviation industry is currently overhauling a very important aspect of flight – the use of composite materials and how to effectively utilize them to reduce weight and increase strength. While working in Baltimore, Maryland during the Fall 2013 semester, I worked at one of GE Aviation’s facilities – Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS). MRAS primarily focuses its resources on the development and construction of nacelles and thrust reversers for a wide range of aircraft.

 

My last major project at MRAS was to redesign a set of carbon fiber panels by replacing the current support structure with a hollow design that could still withstand the forces applied during high stress failure modes. I was one of five engineers working on … 

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