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Columbus Series: Smart City's Impact on Your Job Search

In 2016, Columbus was selected out of 77 other cities to build Columbus into a Smart City. As part of this initiative Columbus earned $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and $10 million from Vulcan Inc., with additional contributions from local and national partners propelling the total to over $500 million. Smart City’s goal is to improve people’s quality of life, drive economic growth, enhance logistics, and foster sustainability through 15 USDOT projects and 5 Vulcan Inc. priorities.

There are some projects anticipated to be finished by 2018 with others yet to begin. Amidst all this change and innovation, how could your job search not be affected by these activities?

  • There are 30 different sponsors who are taking advantage of the Smart Columbus initiative. These range from local sponsors to big multi-billion dollar corporations. These sponsors all have a vested interest in what goes on throughout the city … 
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Columbus Series: The Idea Foundry and Why You Should Know About It

To kick off our two-part series with a spotlight on Columbus, OH we will take a look at the Columbus Idea Foundry. This is an invaluable resource to anyone that enjoys watching their ideas come to life—and it’s located right in our back yard! At the Idea Foundry you can see artists and entrepreneurs alike working on anything from furniture, sculpture, and jewelry to motorcycles, 3D printers, and video games. They even have a blog too! You can check it out after you read this one.

The Idea Foundry is divided into three floors. There is a 20,000 square feet workshop with a wide range of equipment, tools, and design/ assembly space to create and shape ideas. The second and third floors have offices and workspace for members.

If you are looking for a way to gain applicable experience to list on your resume for your intern, co-op, or … 

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Graduate School Abroad: An Alum's Perspective

Today’s blog features Prashanth Peketi, a 2015 B.S. Materials Science and Engineering Ohio State graduate. After graduation, Prashanth pursued a M.S. degree abroad at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Tell us about your most recent position.

I recently accepted a position as an Innovation Assistant Manager with the adidas Group in Portland, Oregon. This role will be within the Basketball Innovation team, and I will be working with athletes, designers, sports scientists, and engineers to help develop the best basketball footwear and apparel in the business.

What core skills or qualities do you think employers find most useful?

In my experience, flexibility and dependability have been two of the most important characteristics. Flexibility, especially in regards to people early in their careers, is key to showing employers that you can roll with the punches. This includes taking new challenges as they come up, sometimes even before your manager assigns projects to … 

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Finding Balance: Soft Skills and Technical Skills

Being prepared to talk about your strengths and to support them is a common interview tip. Many of us cite soft skills such as teamwork, adaptability, or communication as some of our answers, but may fall short when highlighting technical skills. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported in 2017 that “a composite ‘ideal’ employee… [is] a hard-working individual with appropriate technical training…solid problem-solving skills, and the abilities to communicate well, work in teams, and to continually learn new things.” Finding an appropriate balance between soft and hard skills shows that you are a well-rounded candidate.

What are the main differences between hard (technical) skills and soft skills?

Hard skills can be learned or taught. Think of the skills you have developed thus far in your academic career. Have you learned how to program? Do you have a lot of experience using a certain software system? Do … 

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Making the Move? Resources for a Location Change

When you are open to a variety of locations for your internship, co-op, or full-time search, it expands the opportunities available to you. Moving to a new location is often followed by the excitement of exploring restaurants, shops, and nearby neighborhoods. But prior to your move, it may seem overwhelming as you select housing and familiarize yourself with transportation. While visiting a city prior to moving is the ideal scenario, timing can make doing so difficult or impossible. Here’s how you can learn more about your new city and make the big move easier:

Ask Your Employer

If you are not sure where to start, ask your employer. They may be able to provide you with a list of surrounding neighborhoods and/ or apartments that offer both short and long term housing options. Take into account where your future colleagues work and consider their input on transportation options and commute … 

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