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Recession Lessons Part 2: An Alum's Perspective

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This week’s blog is written by Peggy Timmer, Lead Associate at Herren Associates. Peggy graduated with her B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State in 2010 and completed her M.B.A. at Georgetown University in 2019. She has over a decade of experience interfacing with clients and stakeholders at all levels to execute strategic planning, business process re-engineering, continuous process improvement, and adoption of digital tools.

Tell us about your job search process when you were seeking your first position. What resources did you use?

Ten years ago, I had no idea what I was doing (and honestly, I'm not sure I do now... but I’ve gotten experience playing around with different approaches). Back then, I primarily used the OSU's Engineering Career Services website, and I had a pretty tough time. I was trying for a while to stay in Ohio, which limited my opportunities. Once I decided … 

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Recession Lessons: An Alum's Perspective

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This week’s blog is written by Michael Meade, GE9X High Pressure Turbine Airfoils Team Leader for GE Aviation. Michael graduated with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State in 2010 and completed his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering as part of the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP). He has served as GE’s Ohio State Campus Recruiting Leader since Spring 2018.

Did the 2007-2009 recession affect your job search? What resources did you use and who did you turn to for help?

The 2007-2009 recession did have an impact on my job search. I already had my established co-op rotations with GE Aviation, but in the 2008-2009 timeframe, I began the effort of interviewing with other companies to experience different fields. However, interviews were cancelled in some instances and job opportunities rapidly disappeared. Given those changes, I turned to the connections I already built at GE Aviation to maintain strong … 

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I Attended the Career Fair, but I Still Have to Apply Online?

Today's guest blog features Cheryl Verbeke, Digital Technology Manager and Ohio State Recruiter for Caterpillar.

You just spent several hours visiting with company representatives at the career fair. You are really interested in a few of them, but they asked you to apply online before moving forward with the recruiting process. You are confused because you gave them your resume and maybe even filled out some personal information on a tablet. You are thinking, I have classwork to do why do I need to apply online?

Why companies require you to apply online.

There are multiple reasons companies require students to apply online. The main purpose of job application is to capture all necessary information to be able to evaluate a candidate for a specific job posting. Using online application systems allow companies to quickly gather data in the same format for each applicant. This is particularly helpful when there … 

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Not Sold On Your "Traditional" Engineering Career Path? Consider Technical Sales

Today’s blog was written by Megan Conway, Campus Talent Acquisition Specialist at Eaton.

I remember being in my sophomore year of college for my engineering degree and asking all my friends in engineering what they wanted to do. That was such a hard question for me to answer at the time. My sophomore year was the first year that I was seriously thinking about an internship and attending the career fair at my school but was completely lost on what my interests were and what companies I wanted to talk to. Some of my friends were interested in design, some research, some in helping the environment, and they all seemed to know what companies they wanted to talk to at the career fair. For me, I knew that I didn’t like sitting at a desk all day, that I loved working in a team environment to solve problems, and that … 

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Reflections from a Tech Recruiter at Capital One

Today's guest blog features Liz Beecy, Ohio State Tech Recruiter for Capital One.

The Future Direction of Tech & Ways to Prepare Now 

Technology is constantly evolving and engineering in the corporate banking world is no different. There is a focus on customer experience while utilizing the latest tools and technologies. Although, we have found it takes more than just the latest and greatest technology to be successful. It takes great people. We have found that investing in the development of our associates will lead to greater success as an organization and the Technology Development/Internship Programs are a direct reflection of our emphasis on associate development. Since technology is ever changing, we need to change with it. Working in an agile environment allows us to do so. Our engineering teams are about 6-10 engineers per team working to drive products to production across multiple functions.

With such a wide range … 

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