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2016

Why You Should Attend ECSC: An Engineering Student’s Perspective

Today's ECS Job Blog is brought to you by Mary-Kate Mullinger.  Mary-Kate is a Chemical Engineering student graduating this May 2017.  She is currently the Kappa Theta Epsilon President.  

I know what an exciting time it is to be back on campus.  Your last summer internship is over, college friends are coming back to campus for their final first day of school, and the excitement of football season is here in full force!  With all of the campus hub-bub, it can be easy to overlook the next step in our lives- starting our first full-time job.  It is so important to take advantage of the fall recruiting process in order to set yourself up for success after your walk across the field at the 'Shoe.  But how can you best take advantage of the biggest recruitment season for employers?

You can start by attending the Engineering Career Success Conference … 

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OSU Engineering Student Wins "Cool Co-op" Award

Every year the Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) has a contest that recognizes students from Ohio universities who have had a "Cool Co-op" experience.  Students must answer the question, "Why is the co-op cool?" and can choose among projects, people, or perks that made it so.  This year, Leslie Mamula (BS Mechanical Engineering, 2017) won the award for Cool Co-op People category!  

Leslie worked for Fortune 500 company, Willams Companies.  Williams is an energy infrastructure company that focuses on natural gas processing and transportation.  Leslie's co-op was located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Here's what Leslie had to say about the cool people at her co-op:

"Last summer I worked with some of the best people.  My fellow interns, my manager, Dale, my mentor, Jeff, and my coworker, Neil, all continually showed me how to do my  job to my best ability and inspired me every day to be my best … 

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Your First Month on the Job

The first month of any new job is an extension of the interview process. Both you (the new hire) and the company are still assessing each other, so your behavior will determine how successful you are during the first thirty days. Make the right impression by following these tips:

Observe

Every company has its own culture---specific values, beliefs and habits that guide employee behavior. Observe how people communicate, what procedures are followed, the different working styles and then adjust your behavior accordingly. No matter the company size, people dynamics are a major component in how people get hired, promoted and the overall day-to-day experience at work.

Ask Questions

Soak in as much information as possible! Understand how things are done and why. Don’t get worried about asking too many questions, it’s better to clarify an issue right away than to find yourself struggling to get answers later, when everybody expects you to … 

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“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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