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"Careers in..." Educational and Networking Event Series

When many people think about engineering careers, design engineering is often the first to come to mind. Others might think of career options like test engineer, quality control engineer, product engineer, etc. The beauty of this field is that there are SO many paths, students often don’t realize all of the options available to them! In ECS we meet with a variety of employers, many of which are trying to find talent for more unique technical careers that perhaps students don’t immediately think of when they hear “engineering.” Enter the new “Careers in…” series happening this February!

“Careers in…” is a 3 night series offering students insights into less traditional (but exciting) engineering career paths. Any engineering student is welcome to attend, and you may come to just 1 of the nights, or all 3! Here is the lineup:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20th: Careers in Consulting
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21st: Careers in Technical … 
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Employer Perspective: Making the Most of Career Fair (Part 2)

We are joined by Nathan Derry, Professional Development Training Program staff at Bosch, for the second part to our career fair preparation blog series. Take notes as Nathan offers first hand advice for making connections and impressing recruiters during your interactions.

How can candidates stand out among the competition at career fairs?

A lot of what makes candidates stand out is not only their experience, but the ability to talk about it. I’ve seen resumes with lots of experience that looks great on paper, but what counts the most is the 1 on 1 exchange about that experience.

I may not be inspired to move them forward unless I’m confident that my coworkers would enjoy working side by side with the candidate after our brief exchange at a career fair. It is often times during this exchange that experience would go from being labeled “good” to “great”. Sometimes this boils … 

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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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Updates for the 2017-2018 Job Shadow Program

The Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program is a unique way for you to connect with employers. It’s rare that you get to spend the better part of a day learning about a specific company or industry on-site and meeting a variety of company representatives. Also noteworthy? Typically in the world of recruitment, the employer chooses you. With job shadow, so long as you match the event’s criteria and can transport yourself to the event, YOU get to decide what employers you would like to visit. Last year, ~80% of employers participating in job shadow stated that they used the program as a recruitment tool. So it’s very possible that your time spent developing insights and connections at the shadow could lead to future employment. Now that I’ve sold you on why you should participate, I’m going to break down the major changes for the 2017-2018 program. 

Change #1 … 

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Spotlight on The J.M. Smucker Company: Winner of the 2017 ECS Employer of the Year Award

Photo of the 2017 award recipients, J.M. Smucker Company, and student nominator.Left to right: Alison Walasinski, Student Intern/ Nominator; Rachel Pond, University Relations Manager; Emma Rohe, University Relations Coordinator; Chris Mickowski, Engineer; and Amy Thaci, Director of Engineering Career Services

So many amazing companies come through our office every day. Four years ago, ECS decided to formally recognize those employers who were providing our students with outstanding and unique experiences with our first ever “Employer of the Year Award.” That year, we chose our winners. But something was missing. We felt that students themselves should have a hand in determining the cream of the crop when it comes to top intern and co-op experiences. Thus, the award became a student-nominated honor.

We now ask students to nominate their current (or previous) employer for this award. Once we receive all of the nominations, we review them and look at each company’s activity with recruiting and hiring our students over the past 12 months … 

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