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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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Professional Organizations: To Join or Not to Join

What are the things you’ve considered in the past when joining extracurricular activities? Stakeholders? Community service? Socialization with others? Costs? Extracurricular activity considerations do not have to be completely different when thinking about joining a professional organization.  

Professional organizations can be formal or informal. One of the most resourceful, but often missed opportunities for a professional organization is staying connected with your classmates. Your classmates likely have similar professional interests. Think of ways to stay connected with them after graduation or throughout college, whether that be a LinkedIn group or creating your own focus groups that meet monthly to discuss current trends in your industries of interest.

On a more formal side of professional organizations, there are numerous professional organizations to choose from, but how to find the right one is the ultimate dilemma.

Consider:

  1. Defining your interests.

  2. Understanding the mission and vision of the organization.

  3. Knowing your time constraints … 

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ECS Director's job search "musts" for the 2015-2016 school year

Welcome back to campus!  EXPO and on-campus interviews will be here before we know it, and your job search will be in full swing.  To make sure you are geared up for the busy hiring season, take a look at my job search "musts" for the upcoming school year!  

  • Be prepared—do you have a suit/dress suit/shoes for interviews? How about your LinkedIn Profile—is it up to speed? Are you ready for those interview questions? Be ready to articulate your value!
  • Do your research—what do you know about the company besides what is on their main website? (This is one of the biggest complaints I get from employers—"student didn’t know what my company does!")
  • Be patient—job searching takes a lot of time with some missteps along the way. Keep at it, and use ECS for help!
  • Put yourself in the employer’s shoes—make them feel special—target your … 
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