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How Job Shadow Helped Lead to Employment: A Student's Perspective

Photo of Eva RezekEva Rezek, B.S. Chemical Engineering, May 2018

Are you looking to do something beneficial over spring break this year? If so, consider signing up for ECS’ Job Shadow Program! It’s a great opportunity to test-drive a career… in ONE day! You can sign up for one event per day (five maximum) over Spring Break (March 11-15). Not only will you learn about the day-in the life of an engineer, but you will also meet company contacts that hire students like you! In fact, many participating employers state that they use this program as a recruiting tool. Below, you’ll find out how Chemical Engineering alum, Eva Rezek’s, job shadow experience helped her with the job search!

Where did you job shadow?

I job shadowed at Lincoln Electric in Cleveland, Ohio in 2017. 

How was the event structured?

Lincoln Electric’s job shadow consisted of various tours of the plant … 

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How to Set and Accomplish Your Goals This Semester

There is a lot going on during the semester! From classes to a social life, from job searching to clubs and activities. With everything you are trying to accomplish, it can be hard to keep it all straight. Setting goals is one way to make sure that everything stays on track. Rather than just trying to survive the semester, make it a time where you grow and reach new potential. The most effective way to set goals is to establish a SMART goal.

Specific - The best goals are the ones that are defined because most general goals end up being forgotten. Ever made a New Year’s resolution that you didn’t keep? Most often the error is that people say things like “I want to be healthier” or “I want to achieve good grades.” While these intentions are good, they don’t include a specific target. A … 

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Take Care for the Career Fair

Today's post is written by James M Geckler, Ph.D., LPCC-S, Embedded Clinical Counselor for the College of Engineering.

It’s Career Fair time! That means time to polish up resumes and portfolios, get out the suits, ties, and dresses. And do research on the companies we hope to work for through employment, internship, or co-op. We put a great deal of effort putting ourselves together to present our best selves as a match to what businesses are looking for. After all, being our best and talking about how we are a good match for the company through interests and experience assists us in securing the experiences we want and need to set us up for future success. In the pressure of making ourselves look good on paper and in person, we forget to engage in self-care activities to help reduce our anxiety and stress levels and increase our ability to actively … 

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Introducing Intern Week

It’s spring and companies are beginning another round of campus recruitment efforts. The SWE Career Fair is just around the corner and ECS wants to make sure you are a part of the many ways to connect with employers. Intern Week(January 22nd – 29th) was developed for students seeking internship experiences and looking for ways to connect with professional skills and engineering employers. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported that a majority of companies discover new hires through on campus resources, activities, and clubs. So, while your resume is important, it is just as critical to begin building relationships with recruiters in person.

Attending networking events can be intimidating—especially if it’s your first one. Intern Week purposefully includes unique ways to engage with employers in a less formal setting; so no matter your comfort level there’s something for you! These are just a few of the … 

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Employer Insights for Navigating the Job Search as an International Student

Rukaiya standing under a Tesla Gigafactory 1 sign.Rukaiya Tunkiwala, M.S. Industrial Engineering, December 2018

This blog entry is the last installment in a series addressing specific job search considerations for underrepresented and diverse candidates. We recognize that identities are intersectional and that identity markers do not exist independently of each other, and we offer this information to those who would like to apply it in their job search. Today’s blog is written by Rukaiya Tunkiwala, 2018 M.S. Industrial Engineering graduate and full-time Industrial Engineer with Tesla.

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:

I was an Industrial Engineering Intern for Tesla at Gigafactory 1 in Reno, Nevada. My responsibilities included designing a warehouse for hazardous materials and space and flow allocations for future assembly lines. I am now heading back to Tesla, full time, as an Industrial Engineer and will be responsible for high level decision making regarding space allocation, factory layout … 

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