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by Guest Student | November 19, 2019
This week’s blog is written by Jeff Morhous, current Computer Science and Engineering student (2021) who participated in the 2019 Buckeye Trek in the Bay Area.
Growing up, computers always fascinated me. Once I decided that I would be making a career out of my passion for building software, I immediately learned as much as I could about the world’s most influential technology companies. Because of this, it’s no surprise that in my head ‘Silicon Valley’ grew notorious for its association with computers and innovation.
I applied to the Buckeye Trek because of my genuine fascination with the Bay Area. So when I got an email letting me know that I was going to be spending fall break exploring the area and its culture firsthand, my tremendous excitement was met with nervous anticipation.
Buckeye Trek was a unique opportunity to finally explore Silicon Valley, all while meeting wonderfully friendly people … Read More
by Guest Employer | November 12, 2019
Today's blog is written by Alex Broshious, current GAA for Engineering Career Services. Alex has previous experience working within Human Resources at ExxonMobil and offers some advice on how to build your resume right here on campus!
Many students come into Engineering Career Services wondering how they can show employers the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they possess without having an internship or co-op experience. Luckily, by utilizing the resources and opportunities at Ohio State and the Columbus community, you have plenty of opportunities to build your resume on campus.
Ohio State is fortunate enough to have hundreds of student groups that are always open to new members, meaning you have the opportunity to get involved in whatever you’re most interest in! Be it an engineering related student group like the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) or the University Flight Team, what matters is that you get involved. Even … Read More
by Ashley Taylor | November 6, 2019
This entry is the second of a two-part series addressing frequently asked questions during survey course presentations. For more FAQs visit part one HERE.
How do freshmen go about looking for internships and co-ops while having no prior experience?
While you may not have a previous internship, it is likely that you still have a number of valuable experiences. Part-time positions, campus and community organizations, personal and academic projects, and volunteer experiences help develop transferable (and even technical) skills. Visit ECS to ensure your resume makes the most of these and to develop a plan for your internship/ co-op search.
What are some ways you can make yourself stand out to potential employers your first two years?
Explore ways to enhance your engineering skills to set yourself apart. You may not get in depth with your major engineering coursework within your first two years, so taking the initiative to … Read More
by Ashley Taylor | October 29, 2019
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 … Read More
by Guest Employer | October 15, 2019
Think of a portfolio as a supplemental tool to use during your job/academic search. It shouldn’t take the place of a resume or cover letter, but an effective portfolio can help show off your skills and projects in a way that just can’t be matched by a resume alone. A portfolio is typically a website (digital) or .pdf (print) file that provides examples of your work and projects. The best portfolios show a little bit about you and a lot about the projects and work that you want to highlight for employers.
Reasons for Creating a Portfolio
A portfolio does a few things, it a.) provides visual proof of your talents and contributions to potential employers, b.) helps you stand out from the competition – not everybody thinks to do one, and c.) allows you to market yourself professionally.
Simply put, a strong portfolio allows employers to visually … Read More