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Student Perspective: Questions to ask yourself before accepting a job offer

This entry features guest writer James Rule, who is a senior welding engineering student...

It's been my experience thus far that at a young age of being a freshman or sophomore, you start hunting and dreaming of jobs that pay a lot of money and what you will do with all this money. All good and fine. It is also my experience that a majority of my classmates went looking for the highest paying jobs first, fairly obvious. Now to my personal experience thus far in my short life and shorter career, money isn't everything. That's right, I said it. Money is nowhere near everything. I am sure that eventually everyone will get to this point in their careers but sometimes it's too late to change. There are so many more factors that a student or young professional should ask themselves before they accept an offer, or even before they … 

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Ohio Professional Engineers Exam

Have you considered the importance of obtaining your Professional Engineering licensure to become a registered engineer within the State of Ohio? If so, please visit the following web site to learn more about first taking the FE (fundamentals exam) when you graduate and when to take the PE exam. Typically, engineers that have graduated from an ABET accredited 4 year BS engineering program need to wait to take the PE after having 4 years of experience within their engineering discipline. Once you obtain your PE, you’ll be able to practice engineering within the State of Ohio and create drawings, for example to have a structure built to your specifications with your PE seal stamp! Learn more about what you need to do now to prepare for becoming a licensed Professional Engineer for the state of Ohio at

"Be a student so long as you still have … 

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Struggling with landing interviews?

How is your job search going? If you have been active in your search and you aren’t getting any invitations to interview, then it’s time to assess the situation.

Possible problems…

Issue #1:
You haven’t applied to enough jobs. I don’t want to put a number on the optimal number of resumes you should submit, but when I hear students tell me they have only applied to three jobs, it does make me cringe. You need to aim high...that doesn’t mean apply to everything, but it does mean that if something sounds somewhat interesting…you should apply to it and then plan on learning more in an interview to determine if it’s a good fit.

Issue #2:
Your resume objective is too limiting. “Seeking a summer internship dealing with renewable energy, specifically wind power, with a focus on design located in Smalltown, Ohio” is an objective that includes too many … 

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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:

“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.