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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 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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A Student's View--Preparing for a Successful Job Search

This week, ECS is featuring Skyler Reimer, a Computer Science and Engineering student graduating in May 2019. In today's blog, he breaks down his tips for success in obtaining an internship at JM Smucker Company as a Solution Development Intern this coming summer. Skyler has had a lot of experience preparing for interviews and in particular, technical interviews. Learn more about Skyler’s preparation for his job search and interviews below.  Some of the advice is specific to those interested in the computer science field, but there are broader job search tips for other types of engineering students as well.

I changed majors last fall and was completely lacking in anything related to computer science for my resume. I was looking at spending an extra year in college, so I wanted to take advantage of the time between semesters. Most freshman and sophomore students are in the same boat I was … 

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How will you choose to spend 124,800 minutes?

To all of the seniors graduating...congratulations! While this is an exciting time, you may feel a burden over your head to accept a job right now – even if the job may not really be related to your major or is less than what your degree should be earning financially.

124,800 minutes per year is 40 hours per week for 52 weeks per year--that is a lot to think about. How will you choose to spend it? Assuming that you had experience related to the jobs you’re applying to, your GPA is decent, etc., etc., consider your career long-term and how your first job may impact future opportunities. More than likely, you will be spending more time with individuals at work than people involved in your personal life. It is important that you enjoy what you’re doing. Yes, I understand – not every day is going to be rainbows and … 

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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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