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It All Starts With a Handshake

While we know that you probably aren’t thinking about us during your summer break, we have been spending a lot of time thinking about YOU! ECS, along with the other career offices at Ohio State, has been preparing the past several months for the launch of Handshake, our new job search system. As of TODAY (June 5), all students have access to this new platform which we hope you will find intuitive and easy-to-use. Can you tell we’re excited?

Handshake connects you with internships and jobs from thousands of employers. Some perks of handshake include:

  • Discover jobs you are truly interested in. Handshake shares job recommendations based on your interest, major, and skills. You can explore collections of jobs just for you. Pro Tip: “Favorite” jobs. Handshake’s smart software will start showing more similar jobs once it learns what you are most interested in.
  • Stand out to employers … 
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Odd Jobs to Technical Career: How Transferable Skills Set You Up for Success

Today's blog is written by MaryKate Wintz, 2017 Chemical Engineering Alumna currently working as a Process Development Engineer with The Lubrizol Corporation.

Buzz words during the job search almost always include “transferrable skills”, but what does that mean?  How can something that you do when you are in high school relate to your college school work, let alone an internship or entry level job in a technical career?  How can you find those skills that will allow you to move seamlessly from the classroom to workplace?

I started working when I was 14 years old as a cashier in the gift shop at a historic B&B.  From there, I held jobs ranging from receptionist to leasing agent to coach before finding my 5-term co-op with The Lubrizol Corporation.  As a graduate of Ohio State, I moved to Cleveland to work full time as a Process Development Engineer with Lubrizol … 

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Employer Perspective: How to Stand Out in an Internship or Co-op

This week’s blog is written by Mike Snyder, Chief Engineer at Made In Space Inc.  Mike supervised OSU student Howard Schulman and then nominated him for our 2017 Student Impact Award.  The nomination letter stood out among the rest, and Howard was named one of our winners. Mike knows what it takes to be an exceptional intern, and is sharing his feedback and advice below. 

First of all, tell us a little bit about your company.

Made In Space, Inc. (MIS) is the world’s only experienced space manufacturing company. Established in 2010, and with offices in Florida, California, and Alabama, MIS leverages the unique properties of the space environment to develop manufacturing solutions for commercial, industrial, research, and defense challenges. The company’s vision is to enable the future of space exploration by offering off-Earth manufacturing capabilities.

In the recruiting process, what stands out to you most when … 

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Working in the Gig Economy

“Did they say gig economy? What is that?” Despite my millennial status, I had not heard of the “gig economy” until an employer mentioned it in a meeting. As tempting as it was to pretend I knew what that word meant and then Google it later, the look of confusion on my face gave me away. The employer explained that this term is used to describe the high number of independent contractors, or short-term workers, seeking temporary projects or jobs. According to Forbes, “gig” workers represent 34% of the workforce, and will reach 43% by 2020. A Harvard Business Review article reports that approximately 150 million workers left corporate employment and are now independent contractors.

I knew there was a labor market of short-term workers since companies such as Lyft and Airbnb have grown in popularity and provide unique employment opportunities; however, I did not know there was an official term … 

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Resources to Navigate the Job Search as a Graduate Student

For graduate students looking at different career options, ECS can help! We have Career Advisors that are focused on supporting graduate students and have come up with the most common tips and resources.

Consider your path.

As a graduate student there are a lot of different options available, but the most common career decision is between pursuing academia or industry--or considering both! The ECS staff can help with each of these options since your approach will differ. We can help ensure your resume, CV, and cover letter reflect your skills and experience while framing it in an academic or industrial way.

Understand how graduation date impacts job search timeline.

While there can be flexibility in graduation dates (especially for PhD students) it is important to understand when you are going to be looking for a position. The job search can take many months if you are going into industry, and most academic institutions have … 

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