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Career Fair Coaches: Who are they? How can they help me? How do I become one?!

Making connections. Landing Interviews. Receiving job offers. Many engineering students have mastered the art of a successful career fair. It’s an overwhelming experience, but if you prepare well, it can also be the start of a fruitful job search. This year, ECS implemented a new program that gives seniors the chance to “give back” to the college and help other students in their co-op/internship and full-time job search.

Who they are:

“Career Fair Coaches” are graduating seniors who have had great success at prior fairs and in their search.  They are students who are energetic and have excellent communication skills.  They have maintained solid GPAs and have completed multiple co-op or internship rotations. Most importantly, they have a desire to help other students be successful too!

What they do:

Career Fair Coaches are assisting ECS in preparing students for the upcoming fair in two main ways:

  1. Career Fair … 
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A Student's View--Preparing for a Successful Job Search

This week, ECS is featuring Skyler Reimer, a Computer Science and Engineering student graduating in May 2019. In today's blog, he breaks down his tips for success in obtaining an internship at JM Smucker Company as a Solution Development Intern this coming summer. Skyler has had a lot of experience preparing for interviews and in particular, technical interviews. Learn more about Skyler’s preparation for his job search and interviews below.  Some of the advice is specific to those interested in the computer science field, but there are broader job search tips for other types of engineering students as well.

I changed majors last fall and was completely lacking in anything related to computer science for my resume. I was looking at spending an extra year in college, so I wanted to take advantage of the time between semesters. Most freshman and sophomore students are in the same boat I was … 

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International Student Success Stories, featuring Xingyi Zhou

Today's blog features an OSU international engineering student who has been successful in their job search.  Xingyi Zhou is a 2016 BS Industrial Engineering graduate who now works as a sales engineer at Dell Software.

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:  International Student Success, Xingyi ZhouInternational Student Success, Xingyi Zhou

My last internship was at XPO Logistics as a Network Analyst. My job was to analyze the shipment rates in the market and compare the rates between XPO’s and its competitors’. In addition, I was working on my Lean Six Sigma green belt project at XPO. 

After graduation, I joined Dell Software in Dublin, OH as a Sales Engineer. My main role includes demonstrating the software to clients and answering their questions. I’m very excited about it.

What resources did you use during your internship/job search? 

I used ECS job search engine a lot, and that was how I obtained my internship … 

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EXPO Advice from a Successful Student

Today's posting is written by Ben Heimbach, who is a Chemical Engineering student graduating in December 2017.  He has had two internships at Goodyear and attributes much of his success to being career fair ready.  

In my time at Ohio State, I have attended two Engineering Expos, one SWE Career Fair, and info sessions for Marathon, General Mills, Nestle, Goodyear and L’Oréal. I have landed interviews with Goodyear, Nestle, General Mills, Campbell’s and Ingevity from the career fair. I have then gone on to land phone interviews, webcam interviews and on-site interviews.

Preparation for the fair begins for me by looking through the company list that ECS puts out. I choose companies to talk to based on a number of factors. I choose 4-5 companies that are within my scope of study that are larger companies that I am interested in. These lines will most likely be longer than the others so I … 

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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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