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Recession Lessons Part 2: An Alum's Perspective

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This week’s blog is written by Peggy Timmer, Lead Associate at Herren Associates. Peggy graduated with her B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State in 2010 and completed her M.B.A. at Georgetown University in 2019. She has over a decade of experience interfacing with clients and stakeholders at all levels to execute strategic planning, business process re-engineering, continuous process improvement, and adoption of digital tools.

Tell us about your job search process when you were seeking your first position. What resources did you use?

Ten years ago, I had no idea what I was doing (and honestly, I'm not sure I do now... but I’ve gotten experience playing around with different approaches). Back then, I primarily used the OSU's Engineering Career Services website, and I had a pretty tough time. I was trying for a while to stay in Ohio, which limited my opportunities. Once I decided … 

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Recession Lessons: An Alum's Perspective

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This week’s blog is written by Michael Meade, GE9X High Pressure Turbine Airfoils Team Leader for GE Aviation. Michael graduated with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State in 2010 and completed his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering as part of the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP). He has served as GE’s Ohio State Campus Recruiting Leader since Spring 2018.

Did the 2007-2009 recession affect your job search? What resources did you use and who did you turn to for help?

The 2007-2009 recession did have an impact on my job search. I already had my established co-op rotations with GE Aviation, but in the 2008-2009 timeframe, I began the effort of interviewing with other companies to experience different fields. However, interviews were cancelled in some instances and job opportunities rapidly disappeared. Given those changes, I turned to the connections I already built at GE Aviation to maintain strong … 

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Staying Well in Uncertain Times

Spring 2020 will be a semester none of us will ever forget. If you are feeling stressed and anxious about the COVID-19 outbreak, you are not alone – many students are experiencing higher than normal stress and anxiety levels right now. However, there are things you can do and people you can talk with in order to help mitigate those feelings. 

Below are a few things you can do to manage your mental health and wellbeing during this time. 

  • Take care of your body. The good news is the weather is getting nicer. Get outside and take a walk or go for a jog. Do yoga. Eat healthy, balanced meals. Get plenty of sleep (7-9 hours per night). These things will boost your immunity as well as your resilience. 
  • Consider relaxation techniques. Mindful practices can reduce symptoms related to anxiety, chronic pain, depression, insomnia and stress. The … 
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Getting Experience with Micro-Internships and Gigs

Have you heard the terms “micro-internship” and “gig” more recently? These short-term, professional experiences can occur any time of the year. They are usually specific projects with a fixed deadline and payment amount. You can find both large corporations and small start ups posting micro-internships and gigs.

What are the benefits?

While these experiences don’t replace a traditional co-op or internship, they do offer a chance to show your qualifications, build your skills, explore career paths, and develop professional networks. Many of them are also available remotely, so you won't have to worry about a long commute! Have you ever felt that if you could just get an internship, you’d prove how hard you work? This could be your chance. ParkerDewey, amicro-internshipplatform, reports that some of their company clients use micro-internships as part of their recruitment strategy. That means your gig could potentially be an audition … 

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Best Practices for Remote Work

With the unique situation that we all find ourselves in right now due to the coronavirus, a lot of people are working from home. While working from home was previously possible for some roles, a majority of the workforce has been used to the routine that comes with commuting to their workplace. We tend to establish our structure with each workday and knowing what to expect helps us feel productive. If remote work is a new concept for you, consider the tips below to create a productive work setting while taking care of yourself and staying connected to colleagues.


As with any sort of work, communicating openly and frequently with your team and supervisor is key. When working from home, you may find it challenging to communicate with your coworkers. By taking the time to schedule consistent phone or video calls with colleagues, you can check in about work projects while … 

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