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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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Spotlight on Jordan Lucki, American Society of Engineering Education's Student Intern of the Year

Photo of Jordan Lucki and Katy Arenschield holding the ASEE Student Intern of the Year Award plaqueJordan Lucki and Katy Arenschield, ECS Co-op and Intern Program Manager

How cool would it be to be recognized as “Intern of the Year” by a national engineering organization? This recognition includes being flown to attend a conference luncheon and reception, being awarded in front of a room full of engineering education professionals and employers, and given a hefty cash prize to top it off. Just ask Jordan Lucki, recent Chemical engineering grad and recipient of the 2018 Intern of the Year Award from the American Society of Engineering Education.

Jordan volunteered as a Career Fair Coach with ECS this past fall, putting him on the radar of ECS’s Co-op and Internship Program Manager, Katy Arenschield.  His commitment to give back to the college and community and his impressive resume made him an obvious choice for nomination for this award.  The nomination packet included a letter of support … 

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ECS is Here to Make Sure Buckeye Engineers Work

Join the #BuckeyeEngineersWork campaign between March 26 - April 20 and enter to win free business attire! Every student who participates in ANY of the below activities will be entered in a drawing to win a $300 gift card to Easton Shopping Center to buy professional attire. Multiple activities = multiple entries!

ALREADY GOT WORK?

If you’ve already accepted a position, participate in any or all of the following:

  • COOKIES! Report your internship, co-op, or career employment, and then come to ECS to receive an individually wrapped Cheryl’s cookie. Note: Enrollment in ENGR 4191 is not a requirement for the summer work term.
  • Photo-op with Brutus! Come to ECS on April 13th between 2:30-3:00pm for a chance to meet Brutus. You’ll get your photo taken with him, holding a chalkboard sign celebrating your upcoming work term.
  • Attend the “Student Success” panel on Thursday, March 29th from 5:00-6 … 
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Requesting a Deadline Extension

You just received a job offer from a company. They were a good company, however, you have an interview coming up with another employer. You want to interview to see which position is the best fit for you, but you need to respond to your original offer before the interview. How do you approach the situation?

Managing offer deadlines can be a tricky part of the search process and requesting a deadline extension might be an option. Make sure you understand when you are likely to hear back from other companies, so you have a firm timeline for how long you will need. While it may seem impossible to navigate without hurting your chances with a company, there are some steps to help you with the process.

1. Call the person who issued your offer well in advance of your deadline. Calling is usually better than emailing in this situation … 

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