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Welcome back--get excited for the 2016-2017 school year!

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed your summer, whether you were doing a summer internship or co-op, travelling, or working to earn some extra cash.  We have a very exciting semester ahead here in ECS!

  • We are offering a variety of special events like our mock interview week starting August 29th; a lot of workshops on topics such as Building Your Professional Network, Interview Strategies, and more!
  • The Engineering Career Success Conference is on Friday, Sept. 16--the deadline to register is Wednesday, August 31!
  • Engineering Expo is around the corner, Sept 20th - 21st at the Ohio Union. Please note the new time is from 1-6pm for both days.  
  • Numerous opportunities to engage with employers and many, many resources to help you get prepared for your job search.   

Schedule your job search consultations soon--we are starting to fill up prior to Expo.  Here’s to a great fall semester … 

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OSU Engineering Student Wins "Cool Co-op" Award

Every year the Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) has a contest that recognizes students from Ohio universities who have had a "Cool Co-op" experience.  Students must answer the question, "Why is the co-op cool?" and can choose among projects, people, or perks that made it so.  This year, Leslie Mamula (BS Mechanical Engineering, 2017) won the award for Cool Co-op People category!  

Leslie worked for Fortune 500 company, Willams Companies.  Williams is an energy infrastructure company that focuses on natural gas processing and transportation.  Leslie's co-op was located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Here's what Leslie had to say about the cool people at her co-op:

"Last summer I worked with some of the best people.  My fellow interns, my manager, Dale, my mentor, Jeff, and my coworker, Neil, all continually showed me how to do my  job to my best ability and inspired me every day to be my best … 

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Your First Month on the Job

The first month of any new job is an extension of the interview process. Both you (the new hire) and the company are still assessing each other, so your behavior will determine how successful you are during the first thirty days. Make the right impression by following these tips:

Observe

Every company has its own culture---specific values, beliefs and habits that guide employee behavior. Observe how people communicate, what procedures are followed, the different working styles and then adjust your behavior accordingly. No matter the company size, people dynamics are a major component in how people get hired, promoted and the overall day-to-day experience at work.

Ask Questions

Soak in as much information as possible! Understand how things are done and why. Don’t get worried about asking too many questions, it’s better to clarify an issue right away than to find yourself struggling to get answers later, when everybody expects you to … 

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“Adulting” 101: Considerations for a Working Adult

As you are evaluating job offers the first thing you look at is likely the salary, while the rest is white noise. But I’ll be the first to tell you that the “boring stuff” matters. In fact, your understanding of it will make a difference in your standard of living. As you are learning how to “adult” you probably also have questions about savings, budgeting, taxes, and even living arrangements. Below you will find brief tips and additional adulting resources.

For more on what to look for in a full-time job offer letter, view our past blog here.

Retirement

  • Know your company’s matching policy. The Society for Human Resource Management reports that dollar-for-dollar is now the most common 401(k) match. Be sure to pay attention to the matching formula of your specific company as matching percentages vary.
  • Pay attention to when you are vested (i.e. when you can get … 
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Avoiding Fraudulent Job Opportunities

As you likely know, Engineering Career Services works with a multitude of employers who are looking to hire Ohio State engineering students.  Some of the employers come on campus to do their recruitment.  Other employers prefer to simply post jobs that are specific to our students.  While ECS puts a lot of time and effort into screening the high number of job postings that we receive, there is always a possibility that a fraudulent one could slip through unnoticed.  Additionally, when you are searching on public job boards, you may encounter postings that are not trustworthy.  Below is some advice on warning signs to look out for, so that you know if the job you are about to apply to is legitimate—or not.  Avoid being taken advantage of by using these tips to spot fraudulent job postings.

The ad is poorly written.
If the … 

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