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Update on the economy and hiring

The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently released Job Outlook 2009—the student version, entitled “How You Fit into the Tight Job Market.” Employers say they expect to decrease their hiring numbers for the Class of 2009 and will hesitate in making hiring plans as they watch the economy. If economic trends continue, the job market will continue to shrink. 

"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money."
-Joe Weinstein


 

Considering a Study Abroad Program? Then a Wolfe Scholarship is something you should look into...

To receive the scholarship, students must:

• Be a full-time student of sophomore, junior, or senior rank.
• Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75.
• Be an Ohio resident who has graduated from an Ohio high school.
• Be admitted to an Ohio State approved quarter/summer-long study abroad program.

For more information on the Wolfe Scholarship and other scholarships for Study Abroad Programs, check out the Office of International Affairs (OIA) web site at:

http://oia.osu.edu/content/blogcategory/101/475/

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
-Mark Twain
 

Authored by Olga Stavridis.

Job offer acceptance deadlines - why they're there and how to manage them

Congratulations! - You've received your first job offer and, like most offers of employment, it probably has a deadline attached. When making an offer, most employers will give candidates a date by which they must either accept or decline the offer. While the date you've been given can sometimes seem like it's been chosen at random, there are many different reasons for offer expiration dates and usually the employer has given careful consideration to each one.

Top Reasons for Offer Deadlines -


  • Recruiters have a limited number of positions to fill and you were selected to be in their first round of offers. At the same time, they realize that some of their top choices will accept offers from other companies leaving them with positions that still need to be filled - so they need to know early on if you're not interested while there is still time to make … 
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Did you know about student evaluations?

 

The Engineering Career Services office has a lot of great resources...maybe I am biased, but there are various magazines, handouts, student handbooks, etc. -all of which are available to help you with your job search. Student evaluations are also available. In 199 Hitchcock, you will find two large filing cabinets filled with your fellow engineering students' reviews of what it was like to work at their co-op or internship company.

 

 

Evaluations can be handy if you are simply trying to learn more about an employer...perhaps you are thinking about applying to a company or you have an upcoming interview. Evaluations are also beneficial after you have a job offer and are deciding whether or not to accept. Finding out what other engineering students thought about working at (insert company name here) will help you make a more informed decision.

 

 

 

"Learning is not … 

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Running out of work during your internship/co-op

When mid quarter evaluations are sent to students who are on a co-op or internship assignment, 95% of the responses are favorable for the learning experience both technically and professionally. However, there are those instances where students write back to me complaining that there is often “not enough” work to do. The reasons vary: supervisor travels and is very busy to monitor workloads or the project has ended or is at a point where testing is causing delays. Whatever the reason is that you find yourself with little engineering work to do while you’re at your co-op or internship, there are things you can do to improve this situation.

• First, I’d be sure to plan ahead and be sure to have regularly scheduled meeting times with your mentor/supervisor. Perhaps, this could be bi-weekly and if not available in person, utilize emails with agenda items and specific areas of interest … 

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