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Career Wellness

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Jillian Baer, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

Making the transition from being a student to working a full-time job can be challenging for many individuals.  Once you start working 40 hours (or more) a week, you might find yourself struggling to find balance with the rest of your life.  Below I have included five tips to help bring a bit of balance to your daily routine:

Build downtime into your schedule. During your college years, you were probably accustomed to having ample downtime to spend however you wanted.Once you are responsible at a full time job, this might not be so readily available.Make sure to prioritize activities that help you recharge.If you have plans with your family or friends, or a date night or softball game on your calendar, you’ll have something to … 

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You’ve got a full-time job? How about creating a budget?

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Jillian Baer, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

With your first “big” job comes your first “big” paycheck.  But it also comes with the question of what to do with all of your hard-earned cash.  It is important to take time now to plan out your budgeting and saving so that you can be successful in the long run.  Here are some helpful tips for creating a budget after landing your first full-time job:

  •  Start by figuring out your take-home pay. 

Most young college graduates don’t realize that they’re actually taking home only about 75% of their paycheck once taxes, Social Security, and 401(k) contributions are factored into the equation.  Make sure to discuss these issues with your employer and utilize online tools (some listed below) to help get a better idea about how … 

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Introducing STRENGTHS

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Jillian Baer, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

Do you know what you do well?  Are you able to pinpoint your talent areas?  When you are looking for an internship, co-op, or career employment, you want to make sure you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day.  Gallup’s widely used StrengthsQuest allows you to develop yourself professionally and maximize your talents in order to be a better worker and team member.  Through this assessment, you are able to gain insight into your career areas of greatest potential and the type of work environment in which you thrive.  StrengthsQuest also helps you develop as a leader in your community and workplace by increasing your self-awareness, helping you to understand others’ talents and strengths, and teaching you how best to form and maximize teams … 

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An alternative career path: the Teach For America program

Ever considered giving back to your country through teaching?

Teach For America is a non-profit program that places recent college graduates in teaching positions in under-served schools, both urban and rural, across the United States. These are two year terms that come with multiple benefits. There is an urgent need for teachers with math, science, and engineering backgrounds – you could be a part of the solution to this issue!

There are many benefits for those who are chosen from a competitive applicant pool. “Corps members receive robust training and support to help them lead their students to success and receive a competitive salary, health insurance, and retirement benefits through their schools for their critical work. After two years, they join a growing force of alumni in education, policy, law, medicine, and other sectors who are leading some of the most successful efforts to ensure that all children have the … 

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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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