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April 2016

“Adulting” 101: Considerations for a Working Adult

As you are evaluating job offers the first thing you look at is likely the salary, while the rest is white noise. But I’ll be the first to tell you that the “boring stuff” matters. In fact, your understanding of it will make a difference in your standard of living. As you are learning how to “adult” you probably also have questions about savings, budgeting, taxes, and even living arrangements. Below you will find brief tips and additional adulting resources.

For more on what to look for in a full-time job offer letter, view our past blog here.

Retirement

  • Know your company’s matching policy. The Society for Human Resource Management reports that dollar-for-dollar is now the most common 401(k) match. Be sure to pay attention to the matching formula of your specific company as matching percentages vary.
  • Pay attention to when you are vested (i.e. when you can get … 
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March Mock Interview Month Winner

During the month of March, ECS hosted a mock interview competition via InterviewStream. InterviewStream is an online mock interview platform. InterviewStream allows students to do a virtual mock interview from any computer with a webcam and microphone. Engineering students were to choose one of eight mock interview options and complete a mock interview following the S.T.A.R. model for behavioral interviews. Their interviews were then submitted to an ECS advisor for feedback.

The winner for ECS’ Mock Interview Month is…Jack Hsueh. Congratulations!

Get to know more about our mock interview winner and his interview advice.  

About Jack

Jack Hsueh is an Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student graduating in May 2017. He chose Ohio State University because of its depth and broad research. His favorite engineering class at OSU is Advanced RF IC. That class has taught Jack about circuit design of the entire receiver front-end … 

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Tips for Landing a Last Minute Summer Internship

"I don't have a summer internship!  Is it too late?"  In short: NO.  However, with only 4 weeks until summer break. It’s going to take a lot of work and effort to land a summer internship.  You’re going to need to really want it. Below are some tips for obtaining a position.  

  1. If you haven’t already done so, register with ECS!! As of this week, there are over 350 engineering internships and co-ops posted on our job board, CareerEngine.  If you aren’t registered with us, you won't have access to these OSU engineering specific job postings! Info for registration can be found here.
  2. Assuming you are registered, start/continue applying! We recommend applying to at least 30 jobs per semester.  While it may be a stretch to apply to that many this late in the game, there are certainly jobs out there for which … 
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Avoiding Fraudulent Job Opportunities

As you likely know, Engineering Career Services works with a multitude of employers who are looking to hire Ohio State engineering students.  Some of the employers come on campus to do their recruitment.  Other employers prefer to simply post jobs that are specific to our students.  While ECS puts a lot of time and effort into screening the high number of job postings that we receive, there is always a possibility that a fraudulent one could slip through unnoticed.  Additionally, when you are searching on public job boards, you may encounter postings that are not trustworthy.  Below is some advice on warning signs to look out for, so that you know if the job you are about to apply to is legitimate—or not.  Avoid being taken advantage of by using these tips to spot fraudulent job postings.

The ad is poorly written.
If the … 

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Understanding and Using Your Strengths

Say what you want about positive psychology, but recent findings in the field support the idea that happiness fuels success, not the other way around. And who doesn’t strive for success? Since utilizing your strengths contributes to happiness and happiness influences achievement, let’s talk about YOUR strengths!

Knowing your strengths

Taking a values or strengths inventory such as VIA gives you a vocabulary that is useful in effectively articulating your strengths—an invaluable quality in the job search. Since those who are rarely introspective spend little time in self-reflection, tools like VIA offer a path to starting that internal conversation. The VIA survey takes approximately 15 minutes and asks participants 120 questions to get an idea of their character values. Once complete, you receive a report of your individual order of character strengths.  

Understanding your points of strength make you more aware and apt to use them. According to Lavy … 

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