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Tips for a Productive Graduate Student Job Search

Today’s blog is written by Lakesha Cross, the College of Engineering’s Program Manager for Graduate Education.

Job searching for advanced degree students may be daunting at first. Some of the strategies that have worked in the past may not seem as fruitful in your current search. Here a few tips to help you stay motivated and productive.

Know Yourself

Be sure to identify your interests and values. Begin to think about what you want from a career and let this introspection guide your search. Research industries and organizations, and become familiar with job descriptions to understand what companies seek. Then, ask yourself which of those skills align with your experience. Use that information to create your personal brand.

Remember that as an advanced degree student, you have additional training and experience that allows you to not only contribute to a team, but also potentially lead a team. Transferable skills acquired … 

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Winter Break Job Search Checklist

For most people, Winter Break is a time to forget all about their studies and get some much needed— and deserved— rest and relaxation. While Winter Break should be used as a time to recharge for the spring semester, there are some things you can do to optimize your search for an internship, co-op, or full-time job. Engineering Career Services has compiled a simple checklist of activities you can do during Winter Break to kick start your spring search and reduce your stress during the semester.

1. Update your resume.

Before you can apply to any positions, it’s important that your resume reflects all of the new projects, roles, and opportunities you completed over the fall semester. Even if your projects or jobs are ongoing, be sure to update it with your recent contributions. A strong resume is a current resume! If you need help updating your document, use ECS … 

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Not Sold On Your "Traditional" Engineering Career Path? Consider Technical Sales

Today’s blog was written by Megan Conway, Campus Talent Acquisition Specialist at Eaton.

I remember being in my sophomore year of college for my engineering degree and asking all my friends in engineering what they wanted to do. That was such a hard question for me to answer at the time. My sophomore year was the first year that I was seriously thinking about an internship and attending the career fair at my school but was completely lost on what my interests were and what companies I wanted to talk to. Some of my friends were interested in design, some research, some in helping the environment, and they all seemed to know what companies they wanted to talk to at the career fair. For me, I knew that I didn’t like sitting at a desk all day, that I loved working in a team environment to solve problems, and that … 

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Intern/Co-op FAQs: Part One

Our staff spends quite a bit of time visiting engineering survey courses to introduce first year students to our office and services. During a few recent presentations we collected questions and this blog is the first of a two-part series addressing some of the frequently asked questions.

Is it reasonable to want to wait a year before beginning the search for a co-op/ internship?

Yes! Adjusting to academics at the university, understanding time management, and getting involved on campus takes time. While some companies may hire first year students, we find that most of our employers begin active recruitment with sophomore and junior students. That said, it can be a good idea to visit career fairs and networking events to understand the process before having the pressure of the job search to contend with.

How does a co-op/ internship during the school year affect financial aid, student status, and graduation … 

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Search Terms, Titles, and Tips for Finding the Right Opportunity

A degree in engineering does not necessarily mean your professional role will be “Engineer”. With a variety of career tracks and industries available, the role you step into could have a number of names. That can make it difficult to determine keywords and position titles to browse when conducting your job search.

Discovering Keywords and Positions

On our ECS homepage you will find Alumni profiles with buckeye engineering stories. These profiles also include the position title and responsibilities of the alumnus, enabling you to uncover possible roles, industries, and career tracks. Biomedical engineering students, have you considered a role as a Clinical Specialist or Medical Device Sales Consultant? Food, agricultural, biological, and ecological engineering students, what about a Business Technology Consultant or Product Manager position? These are roles that actual Ohio State graduates currently hold and you will encounter even more while browsing through profiles.

LinkedIn Alumni is a powerful … 

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