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Increase Your Chances for an Internship

Did you know that 70.4% of employers surveyed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) have firm or tentative plans to recruit this spring? On top of that, the #1 source for their new hires is through university campus connections and events. With all that said, it’s a “no-brainer” that you should make the most of our events occurring these next couple months starting with Intern Week (January 27th - 31st). There's something for everyone as we help prepare you for the upcoming SWE Career Fair.

ECS will be partnering with Capital One, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Cummins, Eaton, Emerson, General Electric, Nationwide, Navy, and Niagara Bottling to bring you a week full of programming with 28 different chances to interact with engineering employer representatives! A few of those events include:

  • Workshops: Practice your networking skills and enhance your interviewing strategies before the SWE Fair.
  • Lunch & Learns: Brush up … 
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Tips for a Productive Graduate Student Job Search

Today’s blog is written by Lakesha Cross, the College of Engineering’s Program Manager for Graduate Education.

Job searching for advanced degree students may be daunting at first. Some of the strategies that have worked in the past may not seem as fruitful in your current search. Here a few tips to help you stay motivated and productive.

Know Yourself

Be sure to identify your interests and values. Begin to think about what you want from a career and let this introspection guide your search. Research industries and organizations, and become familiar with job descriptions to understand what companies seek. Then, ask yourself which of those skills align with your experience. Use that information to create your personal brand.

Remember that as an advanced degree student, you have additional training and experience that allows you to not only contribute to a team, but also potentially lead a team. Transferable skills acquired … 

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Winter Break Job Search Checklist

For most people, Winter Break is a time to forget all about their studies and get some much needed— and deserved— rest and relaxation. While Winter Break should be used as a time to recharge for the spring semester, there are some things you can do to optimize your search for an internship, co-op, or full-time job. Engineering Career Services has compiled a simple checklist of activities you can do during Winter Break to kick start your spring search and reduce your stress during the semester.

1. Update your resume.

Before you can apply to any positions, it’s important that your resume reflects all of the new projects, roles, and opportunities you completed over the fall semester. Even if your projects or jobs are ongoing, be sure to update it with your recent contributions. A strong resume is a current resume! If you need help updating your document, use ECS … 

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Buckeyes in the Bay Area: A Student's Perspective

Photo of Ohio State College of Engineering students and staff standing outside a Google building in the sunshine.

This week’s blog is written by Jeff Morhous, current Computer Science and Engineering student (2021) who participated in the 2019 Buckeye Trek in the Bay Area.

Growing up, computers always fascinated me. Once I decided that I would be making a career out of my passion for building software, I immediately learned as much as I could about the world’s most influential technology companies. Because of this, it’s no surprise that in my head ‘Silicon Valley’ grew notorious for its association with computers and innovation. 

I applied to the Buckeye Trek because of my genuine fascination with the Bay Area. So when I got an email letting me know that I was going to be spending fall break exploring the area and its culture firsthand, my tremendous excitement was met with nervous anticipation. 

Buckeye Trek was a unique opportunity to finally explore Silicon Valley, all while meeting wonderfully friendly people … 

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How to Create a Portfolio

Think of a portfolio as a supplemental tool to use during your job/academic search. It shouldn’t take the place of a resume or cover letter, but an effective portfolio can help show off your skills and projects in a way that just can’t be matched by a resume alone. A portfolio is typically a website (digital) or .pdf (print) file that provides examples of your work and projects. The best portfolios show a little bit about you and a lot about the projects and work that you want to highlight for employers.

Reasons for Creating a Portfolio

A portfolio does a few things, it a.) provides visual proof of your talents and contributions to potential employers, b.) helps you stand out from the competition – not everybody thinks to do one, and c.) allows you to market yourself professionally.

Simply put, a strong portfolio allows employers to visually … 

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