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Resource Spotlight: ECS Diversity Guides

Did you know that last year, ECS created a new section on our website and accompanying resource guides in CareerEngine for diverse student populations? We are committed to providing job search assistance to all of our students and recognize that everyone’s needs are not the same. 

There is a unique landing page on the ECS website and guides in the Document Library of CareerEngine for the following groups: international students, LGBTQ students, minorities in engineering, students with disabilities, women in engineering, and veterans.  Because each student has a unique background and set of qualifications to offer potential employers, not everyone will have the same path to obtaining employment.  We are here to support each and every engineering student through their job search process.

Below are some highlights of the diversity pages:

  • Disclosure: Tips for how/when/why to disclose your situation with an employer. For example, we include a disclosure script … 
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Expand your employment options with GoinGlobal

Have you heard of GoinGlobal?  Many students have not!  But it’s a fantastic resource that is available to you through CareerEngine.  GoinGlobal is the leading provider of both country-specific and USA city-specific career and employment information.  The GoinGlobal database features 38 Country Career Guides, 53 City Career Guides for the United States and Canada, corporate profiles and more than 16 million internship and job listings within the USA and around the world.  If you fall into one of the two following categories listed below, you need to be using this resource!

You are a U.S. Citizen who wants to work abroad.

If you are interested in working abroad, it’s likely you have a country (or narrowed down list of countries) in mind. It’s also that likely you have the language skills that would be required for communicating in that country.GoinGlobal’s Country Guides would be very … 

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International Student Success Stories, featuring Nihar Phalak

Today's blog features an OSU international engineering student who has been successful in their job search.  Nihar Phalak is a 2013 PhD Chemical Engineering graduate who now works as a Research Engineer at Shell International Exploration & Production, Inc. 

Tell us about your role at your most recent position.
I currently work in the Oil Conversion R&D group based in the Shell Technology Center in Houston, TX. My job is to identify differentiating technology options for upgrading and refining disadvantaged hydrocarbon resources including heavy oil, bitumen, etc. that are aligned with future markets and regulations. In this role, I am expected to plan and guide experimental programs, analyze data, document results, and recommend intellectual property action when appropriate.

What resources did you use during your internship/job search?
I started attending the ECS workshops well before the recruiting season and found them to be very useful, especially the ones on … 

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International Student Success Stories, featuring Syn Dee Chua

Today's blog features an OSU international engineering student who has been successful in their job search.  Syn Dee Chua is graduating this fall and is an undergraduate in Civil Engineering with minors in Surveying and Mapping as well as City and Regional Planning.  Last year she interned at EMH&T and is currently interning at George J. Igle & Co., Inc.  

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:  
At George J. Igel & Co., Inc., I work with a Project Manager to oversee various ongoing construction projects in the Columbus area. Main responsibilities include administering subcontracts and purchase orders for a project, track and submit extra work items, track project quantities, collecting and maintaining project documents. I also help with construction estimating to help with project bids. 

What resources did you use during your internship/job search? 
My biggest resource is word of mouth. I've been … 

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International Students and the Job Search, Part II

Use your international background to your advantage:

Don’t try to hide the fact that you are an international student; you should be proud of your background! Most international students have been exposed to different cultures and systems. The fact that you are an international student can be a huge advantage, as it shows that you are flexible, adaptable, and independent just by virtue of coming to the US to study. Are you fluent in multiple languages? These are all qualities that are sought after by employers. Highlight your unique background! It will make you stand out from the crowd.

Target companies that have locations in your home country:

Be strategic during your search by focusing on employers that have ties to your home country. Those companies may take an interest in developing your talents in the US and continuing your employment in your home country. 

Attend ECS events geared … 

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