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If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Ever wish you could go back in time and do things over again? We may not be able to do that, but we've got two graduating seniors offering advice about what they would do differently in their career searches.

Liz Neudeck, B.S. Environmental Engineering ‘19

  1. I wish I would have known how important connections are! The majority of people get jobs and internships not from applying as faceless resume online, but from knowing someone or reaching out to someone at the company. Even if it feels nerve-wracking or weird, if there's a job you really want, you have to [visit or reach out to] someone at the company until they recognize you.
  2. Internships are just as important for knowing what you don't want as much as knowing what you do want. Cast your net far and wide, and don't be afraid to take your chances with positions not 100% up your … 
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Deciphering Legal Agreements in Job Offers

Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource titled “Noncompete, Nonsolicitation, Nondisclosure Agreements: What You Need to Know”. 

You got an offer, congratulations! Now it’s time to figure out what you will be agreeing to by signing. Some of the more common legal items in offers are noncompete, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements.  

NONCOMPETE AGREEMENTS 

Noncompete agreements limit an individual's ability to perform work in his or her chosen profession for a certain period of time. In this regard, a noncompete restricts former employees from working for competitors or defined groups of competitors in a specific geographic area for a defined time period. Employers require employees to sign noncompete agreements to protect corporate assets, such as trade secrets, proprietary information, and goodwill. 

With regard to temporal and geographic scope, courts look to what is reasonable to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests. In most cases, a two-year … 

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End of the Year Does NOT Mean End of Opportunities

For the third year in a row, ECS invites engineering students to participate in our Buckeye Engineers Work campaign. This is our chance, during the month of April, to celebrate the jobs that students have accepted while also providing multiple resources and events to help students land an upcoming position. We’ve spiced things up this year with more chances with win: TEN lucky students will receive a $30 Amazon gift card at the end of the campaign! We are also upping the ante with a brand new recruiting event: Spring Into Your Career Fair presented by Kappa Theta Epsilon. We continually strive to create opportunities for you to connect with employers!

Got work?

Report your job for a chance to win: If you’ve already accepted a co-op, internship, or full-time job this summer, make sure to report it to ECS. This (confidential, aggregate) data helps (among other things): the college … 

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Support for DACA and Undocumented Students

At Engineering Career Services we empower all students in the effort to obtain lifelong professional skills that ultimately support their individual career goals. To that end, we offer a variety of tools including our diversity guides housed in the Resource Library of Handshake. The newest guide includes Ohio State, workplace, and legal resources to continue our support for DACA and undocumented students. Here is a quick look at a few of the resource highlights:

Ohio State Campus

In addition to the Office of Student Life Multicultural Center (MCC), Ohio State has an internal resource within University Libraries. This link includes legal, news, and educational tools along with a campus directory of trained allies.

University Contacts

Ohio State has dedicated contacts and a DACA Liaison to answer specific questions involving university policy and support. All questions regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) should be directed to Todd Suddeth, Ph.D … 

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Be in the Know: Employer Policies and Guidelines

Did you know that ECS has a list of policies and guidelines that we expect our employers to follow? The purpose for this is to promote a fair and equitable recruiting experience for our employers AND our students. It’s important for you, as a job seeker, to familiarize yourself with the ECS Recruiting Guidelines/Policies. Understanding the guidelines could possibly help you to negotiate an offer, and knowledge of our policies can help you identify unethical recruiting practices.

Some information worth knowing:

Alcohol Policy: ECS does not condone serving alcohol as part of the recruitment process, and we will not promote such events. As a reminder, we do not recommend that students EVER consume alcohol (even a small glass of wine) when offered, whether during the recruitment process or while on intern/co-op with a company. Read more about dining etiquette concerns HERE.

Co-op and Internship Program Policies: ECS has developed a … 

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