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Career Fair Coaches: Who are they? How can they help me? How do I become one?!

Making connections. Landing Interviews. Receiving job offers. Many engineering students have mastered the art of a successful career fair. It’s an overwhelming experience, but if you prepare well, it can also be the start of a fruitful job search. This year, ECS implemented a new program that gives seniors the chance to “give back” to the college and help other students in their co-op/internship and full-time job search.

Who they are:

“Career Fair Coaches” are graduating seniors who have had great success at prior fairs and in their search.  They are students who are energetic and have excellent communication skills.  They have maintained solid GPAs and have completed multiple co-op or internship rotations. Most importantly, they have a desire to help other students be successful too!

What they do:

Career Fair Coaches are assisting ECS in preparing students for the upcoming fair in two main ways:

  1. Career Fair … 
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Be There or Be Square—First Year Gear-Up

Are you a first year student eager to get a jump start on your internship/ co-op search? By attending the First Year Gear-Up on December 2nd, 2:30pm – 6:45pm at the Ohio Union you can begin using the benefits of being registered with ECS up to four months earlier than your classmates. The Gear-Up is a free event that gives first year students the chance to complete all registration requirements in one 4-hour event.

How do I register?

You must be registered to attend and registration is free. Detailed instructions will be emailed to qualified first year students on November 2nd. Programming materials and dinner will be provided to those selected to attend and spots are limited.

What will be covered during the Gear-Up?

In addition to an Engineering Co-op and Internship Program (ECIP) overview, you will engage in sessions that cover:

  • Resume: get your resume reviewed by … 
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EXPO Advice from a Successful Student

Today's posting is written by Ben Heimbach, who is a Chemical Engineering student graduating in December 2017.  He has had two internships at Goodyear and attributes much of his success to being career fair ready.  

In my time at Ohio State, I have attended two Engineering Expos, one SWE Career Fair, and info sessions for Marathon, General Mills, Nestle, Goodyear and L’Oréal. I have landed interviews with Goodyear, Nestle, General Mills, Campbell’s and Ingevity from the career fair. I have then gone on to land phone interviews, webcam interviews and on-site interviews.

Preparation for the fair begins for me by looking through the company list that ECS puts out. I choose companies to talk to based on a number of factors. I choose 4-5 companies that are within my scope of study that are larger companies that I am interested in. These lines will most likely be longer than the others so I … 

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Preparing for Your First Conference

Conferences provide great opportunities to network with professionals and learn best practices in your field. In order to set yourself up for the best experience, aim to do most of your work before you leave home.

Set Goals

Plan out what you want to accomplish at the conference. Consider your personal and professional goals, and how they relate to your reasons for attending. Map out a list of the breakout sessions/presentations you would like to attend. Read through the program to get a sense of what topics seems most interesting and relevant to you. Conferences can be overwhelming with the wide range of activities going on, so you should figure out how your time can be spent the most effectively; be sure to leave some breaks throughout the day.

Identify attendees

Review the list of conference attendees to decide which people you'd most like to meet. Consider connecting with them … 

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Meet engineering employers via ECS' Recruiter in Residence Program

Would you like more practice with interviews? Would you like to receive career advice from professionals from various STEM fields? Then Recruiter in Residence is just for you! ECS' Recruiter in Residence Program provides an opportunity to network with employers while receiving career advice, job search guidance, resume tips, and a chance to practice your interviewing skills. Here are the reasons why you should take advantage of Recruiter in Residence this fall:

  • Network with employers outside of career fairs.  Networking is a great opportunity to build connections with people you may never have thought of connecting with before. Remember, it’s not always about what you know, but who you know!
  • Receive career advice from industry professionals.  Even though the Internet can provide some career tips or job search hints, receiving such advice and/or tips from working professionals is invaluable.
  • Practice makes perfect.  By participating in mock interviews, you are … 
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