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Job Offers: Evaluation

How will you choose to spend 124,800 minutes?

To all of the seniors graduating...congratulations! While this is an exciting time, you may feel a burden over your head to accept a job right now – even if the job may not really be related to your major or is less than what your degree should be earning financially.

124,800 minutes per year is 40 hours per week for 52 weeks per year--that is a lot to think about. How will you choose to spend it? Assuming that you had experience related to the jobs you’re applying to, your GPA is decent, etc., etc., consider your career long-term and how your first job may impact future opportunities. More than likely, you will be spending more time with individuals at work than people involved in your personal life. It is important that you enjoy what you’re doing. Yes, I understand – not every day is going to be rainbows and … 

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Relocation considerations

Many of us have been there. It’s your senior year, and you’re applying for various jobs, some of which are located right here in Columbus, while others are what seem to be quite far away-or maybe you already have a job offer and are debating the possibility of moving to a new city.

Location of a job is undoubtedly an important part of any decision, but we often tend to make it bigger than it should be. In fact, studies show that those who move away from their “comfort” zone tend to be more successful socially and professionally- whether this means moving geographically or internally within a company. It’s scary, it’s the unknown, and being unfamiliar with a place or role increases your vulnerability.

Here are a few things to consider when weighing your decision (to relocate):

  • Access the NACE Salary Calculator to help you determine how your salary will … 
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What to expect in an internship or co-op offer letter

For many students, the first time they will ever receive a “real” offer letter will be when they obtain their first engineering internship or co-op.  It is very exciting but can also be a little overwhelming as well.  It’s important to know and understand the information that you can expect in an offer letter from a company.  PLEASE NOTE: ALL Engineering internships should be PAID.  ECS does not encourage students to accept unpaid internships. 

The first thing to know is that just like full-time offers, an internship or co-op offer should be in writing.  Many companies will first give you the good news over the phone, but the offer is not considered “official” until they have sent it in writing.  This is very important to make sure the terms are clear to both parties involved.  If an employer does not give you … 

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What to expect in a full-time job offer letter

Have you recently received a job offer?  If so, congratulations are in order!  If the employer has only made a verbal offer to you so far, you will obviously express appreciation, but equally as important, you will want to get the specifics in writing in the form of an offer letter.  Having the detailed offer in writing is critical to avoid miscommunication and ensuring that both parties are crystal clear on the terms of the agreement.  If the company balks at your request for a written offer, you are well within your rights to be concerned about how diligent they are about handling employment matters.  Still waiting on offers?  Your time will come soon.  No matter where you are in the process, let’s look at what is typically included in a job offer letter.  Note that the items with an asterisks are optional—and may or … 

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Factor in cost of living in job search decisions

Whether you're searching for a place to live while doing a co-op/internship or for a full-time job offer upon graduation, it is extremely important to remember to factor in the cost of living for that specific location. The cost of living is crucial to making a fully informed job search decision, and many times students forget to take that into account. Costs vary depending on region, size of city, and at times, the length of stay. As a graduate student, I will be interning with an out-of-state company this summer, and was undoubtedly worried about not only finding a place to live that was safe and practical, but also a place that allowed me to save some of my income.

You may be considering working for Company X in Atlanta, Georgia as well as Company Y in Boston, Massachusetts. At this point your ideal steps would be to first and … 

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