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2017

Converting an Internship into a full-time Job

If you’ve accepted a summer internship or co-op, congrats!! You are about to embark on what I’m sure will be a fulfilling, engaging, and challenging 12 week experience.  Whether you are graduating next year or not, it is crucial that you proactively think about what you can be doing before, during, and after your work term to impress your employer. Below are my top tips for converting an internship into a full-time job.

  1. Establish goals. Within the first week of your internship, schedule an appointment with your supervisor to establish goals. Talk about projects that you would like to be a part of and the skills that you bring to the table.  Your goal is to show your boss that you are motivated while also giving them something to hold you accountable.
  2. Be dependable. I read all of the intern/co-op performance evaluations at the end of each semester. Every … 
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New Gig, New Location

The summer is right around the corner; you have a new gig, and potentially even a new location. In the university setting, it is pretty easy to get comfortable in your own element: spending time with the same people, eating at the same restaurants, interacting with the same professors. A lot of your life at Ohio State has likely become familiar. That's not a bad thing! However with new opportunities, you may be feeling excited to venture somewhere new, OR you might have a case of the nerves.

What should you consider when moving to a new place? First, I would encourage you to check out the “Think Housing” blog. This post covers various considerations when relocating.

Here are some questions to consider prior to your move:

  • Will the company assist in your moving cost? If so, how do you need to report your traveling expenses?
  • Will my cost-of-living … 
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Mobile Etiquette

The mobile phone…possibly one of the best conveniences created in recent history (some of the time). We can think of many positives for having a mobile device, but the one thing that many of us may forget is our manners when using our phone or tablet. Mobile etiquette is important, but it is probably most critical to observe at work. Here are eight tips when using your mobile device to ensure you are remembering your tech manners.  

  1. Pay attention to other people. Put your phone down when others are talking and really listen to what is being said. What your co-workers are sharing with you may be an important piece of information that you may not want to miss.  
  2. Notice others’ mobile manners. Are other co-workers bringing their phone to meetings, lunch, one-on-one conversations? If you must bring your phone for an emergency, let others know at the beginning … 
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Considerations for Disability Disclosure

If you are a person with a disability it can be difficult to decide whether or not to disclose to your employer. Since this is a highly personal choice—and you are the only one that can make it—the decision can become even tougher. In any case, we recommend that you review the information and resources available on disclosure to help you make the best decision for yourself.

There are often one of three reasons why people choose to disclose:

1.  Ask for accommodations

You can request an accommodation at any time during the application process or while you are employed. Furthermore, you can request an accommodation even if one was not requested when applying for or upon receiving a job. If you are an employee facing a workplace barrier that impacts your ability to be successful in your job, you might consider requesting an accommodation through disclosure.

2.  … 

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International Students--Have Parallel Job Search Plans

Searching for internships and full time jobs in the US as an international student can be competitive and difficult. ECS advises all students to maximize the job search by laying out a parallel plan. What exactly is a parallel plan? It’s a way of making progress in two different career objectives, for example, two locations of interest, so if one doesn’t work out, you haven’t fallen behind in the search. Setting up a parallel job search plan keeps you on track in case it needs to become your main plan.

If your goal is to find an internship or full-time position in the US, be persistent and devote multiple hours per week to your search. Your search should involve submitting applications, signing up for employer information sessions, networking with contacts, attending career fairs, as well as ECS workshops. While you search for positions in the US, be sure to pursue … 

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