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Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Job Shadow

Have you heard of the Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program?  Are you debating it, but not sure you want to spend your spring break doing “professional stuff?”  Let me try to convince you that job shadow is totally worth your time—plus each job shadow event is only ONE day, so it’s not like you have to spend your whole break being productive.   

  1. Unlike almost every other job search related event, YOU choose companies you interact with rather than waiting for them to select you. 
  2. You’ll be doing something useful over Spring Break that will further your career.
  3. In ONE day, you can find out if you like a particular industry/company/job type…much quicker than deciding during a full summer internship or co-op.
  4. Your interest could be sparked in an area of study or industry that you previously didn’t know about or think you would like. 
  5. You will … 
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Career Fair Coaches: Who are they? How can they help me? How do I become one?!

Making connections. Landing Interviews. Receiving job offers. Many engineering students have mastered the art of a successful career fair. It’s an overwhelming experience, but if you prepare well, it can also be the start of a fruitful job search. This year, ECS implemented a new program that gives seniors the chance to “give back” to the college and help other students in their co-op/internship and full-time job search.

Who they are:

“Career Fair Coaches” are graduating seniors who have had great success at prior fairs and in their search.  They are students who are energetic and have excellent communication skills.  They have maintained solid GPAs and have completed multiple co-op or internship rotations. Most importantly, they have a desire to help other students be successful too!

What they do:

Career Fair Coaches are assisting ECS in preparing students for the upcoming fair in two main ways:

  1. Career Fair … 
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Starting the New Year Off Right: TedTalks for Career Motivation

Welcome back! If you are like me, then this is the time of year that you realize all those things you thought would get done over winter break were never actually accomplished. Goals like getting organized, catching up on a semester’s worth of laundry, or starting your job search might still be looming over you. While this entry isn’t about organization skills and won’t help you with the laundry—watching these inspiring videos will undoubtedly motivate you as you start or progress through your job search.

Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

In this talk Shawn presents the research to support that happiness and success can (and arguably do) go hand-in-hand. The video highlights the importance of enjoying what you do in your career and how some positive psychology principles support a productive workplace.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

What characteristic determines success in a … 

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What Can I Do With My PhD?

If you are wrapping up your PhD, congrats!  Completing an advanced degree is quite an achievement.  It's likely you haven't had to think too much about employment prospects, but once the end of the road is in sight...you may be thinking "what now?"  Today's blog will outline some options that you may want to consider.  

Postdoc:  A postdoctoral researcher (postdoc) is a temporary position in academia, industry, a nonprofit organization, or government.  This type of role is primarily for gaining additional education and training in research for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a particular career path.  It may be a stepping stone to a faculty role.  

Faculty: Many PhD candidates pursue their advanced graduate degree with hopes of obtaining a full-time, tenure track faculty position at a university. With an interest in both gaining and transferring knowledge, a faculty position seems a likely career fit … 

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5 Tips for Salary Negotiation

For many people, salary negotiation is an intimidating topic.  It’s not something we do every day, it can feel uncomfortable, and we don’t want to be seen as greedy.  While I don’t recommend salary negotiation for everyone (honestly, not everyone’s offer warrants negotiating)…if you do decide to negotiate, take into account my following top five tips.  (Not sure if you should negotiate in the first place?  Check out a previous blog on this topic here.)  

Tip #1:  Avoid pre-offer negotiations.
Ideally you won’t talk money until the offer has been made.  But if you are asked in an online job application or in an interview setting what your salary requirements are, try to avoid naming a figure.  Instead, offer that your “salary is negotiable”, that you “anticipate being paid the market rate”, or that you would “consider a reasonable offer based on (your) … 

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