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International Student Success Stories, featuring Xingyi Zhou

Today's blog features an OSU international engineering student who has been successful in their job search.  Xingyi Zhou is a 2016 BS Industrial Engineering graduate who now works as a sales engineer at Dell Software.

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:  International Student Success, Xingyi ZhouInternational Student Success, Xingyi Zhou

My last internship was at XPO Logistics as a Network Analyst. My job was to analyze the shipment rates in the market and compare the rates between XPO’s and its competitors’. In addition, I was working on my Lean Six Sigma green belt project at XPO. 

After graduation, I joined Dell Software in Dublin, OH as a Sales Engineer. My main role includes demonstrating the software to clients and answering their questions. I’m very excited about it.

What resources did you use during your internship/job search? 

I used ECS job search engine a lot, and that was how I obtained my internship … 

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Be There or Be Square—First Year Gear-Up

Are you a first year student eager to get a jump start on your internship/ co-op search? By attending the First Year Gear-Up on December 2nd, 2:30pm – 6:45pm at the Ohio Union you can begin using the benefits of being registered with ECS up to four months earlier than your classmates. The Gear-Up is a free event that gives first year students the chance to complete all registration requirements in one 4-hour event.

How do I register?

You must be registered to attend and registration is free. Detailed instructions will be emailed to qualified first year students on November 2nd. Programming materials and dinner will be provided to those selected to attend and spots are limited.

What will be covered during the Gear-Up?

In addition to an Engineering Co-op and Internship Program (ECIP) overview, you will engage in sessions that cover:

  • Resume: get your resume reviewed by … 
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Hidden Gems on the ECS Website

If you haven’t gotten a chance to explore our website, you may be missing out on some very helpful tools. In addition to displaying upcoming events, tips for success on the job, and forms to overcome job search challenges—our website offers these hidden gems:

  • Hiring Employers: An annual breakdown of reported employment by major. This allows you to select your major and discover companies that have hired Ohio State graduates for co-op/ internships and full-time employment by degree level. Use this tool to research companies and find who hires Ohio State engineering talent.
  • Wages and Salaries: Reported co-op/ internship hourly wages and full-time salary data separated by year. Utilize this information as you are comparing offers and determining the market value. Full-time and advanced degree candidates, research the average wage for a candidate with your experience using this calculator to answer the “desired salary” question with an appropriate range.
  • Job … 
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Resource Spotlight: ECS Diversity Guides

Did you know that last year, ECS created a new section on our website and accompanying resource guides in CareerEngine for diverse student populations? We are committed to providing job search assistance to all of our students and recognize that everyone’s needs are not the same. 

There is a unique landing page on the ECS website and guides in the Document Library of CareerEngine for the following groups: international students, LGBTQ students, minorities in engineering, students with disabilities, women in engineering, and veterans.  Because each student has a unique background and set of qualifications to offer potential employers, not everyone will have the same path to obtaining employment.  We are here to support each and every engineering student through their job search process.

Below are some highlights of the diversity pages:

  • Disclosure: Tips for how/when/why to disclose your situation with an employer. For example, we include a disclosure script … 
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Giving credit, getting credit

You’ve likely had a lot of engineering projects in your entry-level engineering courses. Most of those projects were probably teamwork based. There were smaller individual parts to make the whole project work. You’ve gained valuable, real-world experience that can be transferred into a company setting. When you’re in an interview or even talking to potential employers, how do you talk about these projects? Are the recruiters looking for a team-player or someone who did the whole project? How do you phrase what you did verses what the team did?

The key is honesty. Give credit where credit is due. Employers will be able to tell if you are not telling the whole truth about your role in a project. It may feel awkward to talk about yourself, but the interview is a time where you need to sell yourself to the potential employer. The employer needs to be convinced that you … 

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