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Graduate School Abroad: An Alum's Perspective

Today’s blog features Prashanth Peketi, a 2015 B.S. Materials Science and Engineering Ohio State graduate. After graduation, Prashanth pursued a M.S. degree abroad at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Tell us about your most recent position.

I recently accepted a position as an Innovation Assistant Manager with the adidas Group in Portland, Oregon. This role will be within the Basketball Innovation team, and I will be working with athletes, designers, sports scientists, and engineers to help develop the best basketball footwear and apparel in the business.

What core skills or qualities do you think employers find most useful?

In my experience, flexibility and dependability have been two of the most important characteristics. Flexibility, especially in regards to people early in their careers, is key to showing employers that you can roll with the punches. This includes taking new challenges as they come up, sometimes even before your manager assigns projects to … 

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Finding Balance: Soft Skills and Technical Skills

Being prepared to talk about your strengths and to support them is a common interview tip. Many of us cite soft skills such as teamwork, adaptability, or communication as some of our answers, but may fall short when highlighting technical skills. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported in 2017 that “a composite ‘ideal’ employee… [is] a hard-working individual with appropriate technical training…solid problem-solving skills, and the abilities to communicate well, work in teams, and to continually learn new things.” Finding an appropriate balance between soft and hard skills shows that you are a well-rounded candidate.

What are the main differences between hard (technical) skills and soft skills?

Hard skills can be learned or taught. Think of the skills you have developed thus far in your academic career. Have you learned how to program? Do you have a lot of experience using a certain software system? Do … 

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Making the Move? Resources for a Location Change

When you are open to a variety of locations for your internship, co-op, or full-time search, it expands the opportunities available to you. Moving to a new location is often followed by the excitement of exploring restaurants, shops, and nearby neighborhoods. But prior to your move, it may seem overwhelming as you select housing and familiarize yourself with transportation. While visiting a city prior to moving is the ideal scenario, timing can make doing so difficult or impossible. Here’s how you can learn more about your new city and make the big move easier:

Ask Your Employer

If you are not sure where to start, ask your employer. They may be able to provide you with a list of surrounding neighborhoods and/ or apartments that offer both short and long term housing options. Take into account where your future colleagues work and consider their input on transportation options and commute … 

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Financial Wellness: Invest in Your Future

According to the National Student Financial Wellness Study, 7/10 college students feel stressed about their personal finances. And for many individuals, this stress does not go away once they secure a full time position upon graduation. According to PWC’s Employee Financial Wellness Survey, Fifty-three percent of all employees are stressed about their finances. The study also cites that those who are stressed are more likely to be distracted by their finances at work.

Dealing with personal finances can be overwhelming for anyone, especially for college students! And so, it is with good reason you should take initiative in learning how to effectively manage your money now rather than later. There are many ways in which you can improve your financial wellness as a college student. Here are a few resources that can steer you towards money-managing success:

Student Wellness Center

Ohio State offers financial education and coaching through Scarlet and … 

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Should I Have an Online Portfolio?

Do you ever get tired of trying to fit all of your experiences on a single page resume? Do you feel that simply explaining your projects doesn’t give them justice? Trying to figure out ways that you can set yourself apart from the competition?

If you responded yes to any of these questions, then the answer might be creating an online portfolio. Online portfolios are a great addition to your resume and other application materials. In a Forbes article they explain that, “According to Workfolio, a newly launched company that develops applications for professional visibility, 56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool—however, only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website”. Take advantage of those numbers by standing out with a work portfolio. Here are some benefits to creating one:

Creative Freedom. Resumes need to be structured so … 

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