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Worried That Co-ops Will Delay Your 4-Year Graduation Date?

Many students voice concerns to us about graduating "late" because of a co-op rotation. "I want to be able to graduate in 4 years" is the usual hesitation when considering co-ops. In this week's blog, we want to discuss opening up your job search to include co-ops, in addition to internships, as well as the pros and cons of graduating on-time without experience.

Applied experience outside the classroom is heavily emphasized for engineering students. Many companies will list "previous co-op or internship experience" as one of their entry level career requirements. It's why 89% of students employed at graduation last spring had internship or co-op experience. It's for the same reasons that education majors must complete student teaching before being certified or nursing students must pass their clinicals before practicing.

A successful job search has nothing to do with how long it took you to get your degree and everything … 

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Helpful Advice from a Successful Job Seeker

Recently, Mark McGown, a Chemical Engineering student graduating this summer, offered the following suggestions when reporting his job offers and acceptance.

"There are some things I would tell all students to do in order to successfully find a job:
-Register with ECS to look for jobs, but also take advantage of all networking opportunities, including career fairs, group meetings, information sessions and so forth.
-Prepare your resume by scheduling appointments with ECS.
-When applying for jobs, make sure your resume includes keywords the employer used.
-Do not mention a desired salary, or anything else they might use to filter you out. Put "negotiable" if salary is a required field.
-Apply to many more jobs than just those that interest you at first glance. Not only will this be good practice, but learning more about a company that's new to you will help you figure out what you really want to … 

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