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Preparing for the "real world" of engineering

How prepared are OSU engineering students for the "real world"? When ECS asks this question of our employers at the end of each quarter, we are looking to uncover ways that our students can become stronger candidates overall. Last year, engineering co-op and internship employers made the following suggestions to our students, based on student performance:

Understand the business, financial and statistical considerations that affect the professional engineering practice. Engineering-related decisions are not made based upon the laws of math and physics alone. Project managers must consider situations from various angles - for example, how do profitability and loss factor into a project? Statistics are also essential for engineers. Such things as risk assessment, probability, and cost analysis are essential for making smart choices. Consider courses that incorporate this aspect into their curriculum. Think about joining student organizations such as Society of Business and Engineering (SoBE). Start reading publications in … 

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Jobs to Junk (Make sure you receive your offers!)

Did you know that many employers will e-mail your offer letters? That's right! E-mail has become the standard method of communication for things like interview invitations, offer letters, HR pre-employment forms, job details, and other paperwork associated with your job search.

Most students opt to use their OSU e-mail address, which we enourage because it's a professional, standard e-mail address; however, because OSU has a very sophisticated anti-spam filter system, some messages (even those from legitimate sources, like employers or ECS) can go right into the trash. If an employer is sending out a message to several students at once, for example, invitations to interview, these messages are more susceptible to the anti-spam filter because it risks being seen as a solicitation. We've also noticed that messages sent from Blackberries will often end up in junk mail.

Additionally, employers with messages containing unusual words (for example, bio, human, request, devices) … 

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Your 2011 New Year's Resolution -- Make time for your job search!

The New Year means setting New Year's Resolutions, and for 88% of us - breaking them. On a related note, the New Year also marks the halfway point for recruiting here at ECS during the academic year. With these two thoughts in mind we wanted to suggest the following New Year's Resolution and discuss how to make it successful: "I will make time and put in the necessary effort to conduct a successful job search."

Every year as we progress further into the calendar year we see more and more students who are just beginning to start their job search. The most common reason for the delayed job search is something that makes us cringe when we hear it (from the unemployed): "I was too busy last quarter and didn't have the time to look for a job." Balancing classes, work and a social life is hard enough … 

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A Jobseeker's New Year's Resolutions

As you know, 2009 was characterized by one of the most difficult job markets in decades. If you’re ready for a fresh start in the New Year, consider these resolutions to gear up for a successful search in 2010.

  • I will review which tactics did and did not yield results last year, and I will work to understand how I might improve in those areas that did not do as well as I had hoped.

  • I will set myself weekly goals during my job search and keep to their deadlines. I will organize my job search time, structuring my daily and weekly calendar with specific activities.

  • I will prioritize my job search above television, video games, or recreational internet use.

  • I will not spam my resume to companies where I am seeking employment. Instead, I will tailor my resume to each company, so that my relevant skills are stressed for … 
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Co-op/intern students win $500 or $1000 toward your college tuition!

The Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) is currently accepting applications for their Bachelor's Degree College Scholarship for students enrolled at a four-year college.

The scholarship criterion includes:



  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

  • Must be enrolled in an OCEA member four-year college or university (Ohio State is an OCEA member!).

  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 15 weeks of equivalent full-time co-op work by March 20, 2010.

  • Must have a minimum of one term of school left at the time the scholarship is awarded. The scholarship is awarded in April or May of each year.

  • Must work for a co-op employer in the State of Ohio.

  • Must submit letters of recommendation from both the four year college and employer.

  • Available to all undergraduate four-year college majors. Past scholarship winners are not eligible for future awards.


"One chance is all you … 

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