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Identifying Companies That Value "Work-Life Balance"

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This quote might be true if my career was as a professional athlete or a famous musician, but since I am neither, work is still work. I may love my job, but at the end of the day, I want to turn off the emails, shut down the computer, and enjoy the evening without the stress of work following me home. The phrase “work-life balance” has become such a buzz word that employers may say their company values it, but in reality, the demands of the job prevent you from having a life. How can you tell if a company encourages work-life balance or are all talk? Below are four tips to help you figure out if the company truly values work-life balance.

  1. Do online research prior to the interview.
    As with all … 

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Tools for Engineering Career Success

Getting started on the right foot in your career can make all the difference! Don’t miss your chance to enroll in a professional development course taught by Engineering Career Services staff who will help you understand the process of seeking and gaining employment. ENGR 4910: Tools for Engineering Career Success will provide you with a personalized learning experience where you will have the chance to interact with engineering peers and industry professionals while you gain the skills needed to be successful in your job search. 

 Class features:

  • Resume, cover letter and job search advice
  • Selling your strengths (VIA Character Strengths)
  • Technical, case and behavioral interviewing
  • Salary negotiation
  • Professionalism and workplace etiquette
  • Advice from industry professionals

“The course is an eye-opener; I wish I knew what I learned in ENGR 4910 at least 15 months ago. Great class!” –2015 Maymester participant

This class meets every Tuesday during the second session … 

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Calling All First Year Engineering Students: Sign Up for the 2015 Gear-Up!

First year students are able to begin ECS registration after 1.5 semesters (or around spring break). The First Year Gear-Up is a FREE opportunity exclusively for first-year students to get the inside scoop on internship/ co-op preparation and to register with ECS early! Event registration opens November 4th and invitations to participate will be sent via email to all qualifying students. The event has limited spots available—so mark your calendars and sign up early.

This conference-style event takes place on December 4th from 2:30pm-7:30pm. Jumpstart your professional journey by attending three alternating sessions (resumes, interviewing, job search) presented by ECS counselors with representatives from GE providing additional professional perspectives and advice. The Gear-Up is specifically tailored to the internship/ co-op search needs of students early in their academic career and is a MUST for motivated students. Programming materials and dinner will be provided to those applicants selected … 

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Did you know October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? And this year marks 70 years since its first observance as a week in 1945. The purpose of this month is to celebrate the contributions America’s workers with disabilities have made to the workforce and economy.  Workplaces welcoming of the talents of all people, including people with disabilities, are a critical part of our efforts to build an inclusive community and strong economy. ECS is recognizing NDEAM by facilitating and supporting a range of NDEAM events and initiatives, including additional walk-in hours in partnership with Disability Services.

With the provisions of Section 503, certain government contractors were given a hiring goal of 7% representation of qualified workers with disabilities. This has resulted in heightened efforts by companies to recruit individuals with disabilities and an increased awareness of the need for representation within the workforce. For more information … 

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Consider attending the upcoming campus-wide Career & Internship Fair

Did you know that Ohio State has a campus-wide career fair that is for all majors and all degree levels?  If that’s not clear enough—this includes engineering, so mark your calendar!  The 2015 Career & Internship Fair is a three day event, happening next week—on Sept. 15-16 (the two day fair) PLUS Sept. 17 (the on-campus interview day). 

Here are some reasons you should consider attending in addition to the Engineering Expo:

  1. Recognize that there are a LOT of companies attending—198 to be exact.  Download the OSU Career Fair Plus app on your phone if you don’t already have it (you will use it for EXPO too!).  Go to “Employers”--> ”Filters” and narrow down by major, degree level, etc. to come up with a list of companies to target. 
  2. Know that not as many engineering students will attend this fair as EXPO.  This may … 
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