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Preparing for Your First Conference

Conferences provide great opportunities to network with professionals and learn best practices in your field. In order to set yourself up for the best experience, aim to do most of your work before you leave home.

Set Goals

Plan out what you want to accomplish at the conference. Consider your personal and professional goals, and how they relate to your reasons for attending. Map out a list of the breakout sessions/presentations you would like to attend. Read through the program to get a sense of what topics seems most interesting and relevant to you. Conferences can be overwhelming with the wide range of activities going on, so you should figure out how your time can be spent the most effectively; be sure to leave some breaks throughout the day.

Identify attendees

Review the list of conference attendees to decide which people you'd most like to meet. Consider connecting with them … 

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Meet engineering employers via ECS' Recruiter in Residence Program

Would you like more practice with interviews? Would you like to receive career advice from professionals from various STEM fields? Then Recruiter in Residence is just for you! ECS' Recruiter in Residence Program provides an opportunity to network with employers while receiving career advice, job search guidance, resume tips, and a chance to practice your interviewing skills. Here are the reasons why you should take advantage of Recruiter in Residence this fall:

  • Network with employers outside of career fairs.  Networking is a great opportunity to build connections with people you may never have thought of connecting with before. Remember, it’s not always about what you know, but who you know!
  • Receive career advice from industry professionals.  Even though the Internet can provide some career tips or job search hints, receiving such advice and/or tips from working professionals is invaluable.
  • Practice makes perfect.  By participating in mock interviews, you are … 
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The Value of In-Person Interactions During Your Job Search

No one is denying it, we are right smack dab in the age of technology. Many people prefer texting to calling and scrolling social media to paying attention in class. Despite our dependence on technology and new ways of connecting with companies, it remains just as important as ever to make face-to-face connections with recruiters.

Personal connection is powerful.

The power of personally connecting through human interaction speeds up the relationship building process. In a ten-minute conversation we can learn more about each other than in six months of online searching. This goes both ways, meaning that you are able to gather much more information about a company’s culture by interacting with a representative than by simply researching online. Why do you think companies continue to travel to university campuses for recruitment? Despite the financial cost, personal interactions continue to be the top method for recruitment. The National Association of Colleges … 

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Why You Should Job Shadow: An Engineering Student's Perspective

Are you looking for a chance to meet with top OSU employers and learn more about being an engineer? If so, consider signing up for the 2016 Job Shadow Program! The Job Shadow Program is a one day commitment over Spring Break (March 14-18). You can sign up for more than one shadow if you’d like. Below you’ll find Matt Glasgow’s (ISE student) insight into his job shadow experience during the 2015 program.

Where did you job shadow last year?

I attended a job shadow at LuK USA located in Wooster, Ohio. LuK is a German based company from the parent company Schaeffler, and they make torque converters for cars and trucks.

How was the event structured?

Upon arrival, a few members of the HR Department delivered a presentation that provided an overview of the company. The topics included information about LuK’s history, culture, and customer base. After the presentation … 

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Consider a Professional Mentor

Have you ever wondered what your classmates are talking about when they refer to their mentor? Why are they important? And how do you go about finding one?

A mentor could be younger or older than the mentee, but what sets them apart is the mentor's level of experience or depth of knowledge in a particular area or field. A mentorship program is beneficial for personal development as well as professional development. Typically a mentorship program would include a person of less experience and a person of more experience sharing ideas and thoughts over the area of interest.

Aside from building a professional relationship with someone in the workforce, mentorships may provide you with new skills, knowledge, contacts, or even new job opportunities. More than likely, if you find a mentor that is really interested in your professional development, they will become more of a career coach helping you build … 

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