15-Minute Drop-Ins

ECS is excited to bring back in-person drop-in hours for the 2022-2023 school year. Our Undergraduate and Graduate Peer Career Coaches will be conducting quick 15-minute drop-in meetings with first, second, and third-year students and our Graduate Administrative Associate will meet with seniors and graduate students on the following topics:  

  • Developing a strong Resume 
  • Writing Cover Letters and other job search Correspondence 
  • Creating a powerful LinkedIn profile 
  • Making meaningful Connections with employers and alumni 
  • Navigating the ins and outs of Handshake for the job search 
  • Preparing for the Career Fair and developing an Elevator Pitch 
  • Nailing an upcoming in-person, phone, or virtual Interview 

Can't make these hours or prefer a virtual meeting? Sign up for a virtual resume review or mock interview with an employer as part of the ECS Recruiter in Residence program. 

Meet the Peer Coaches

Aastha Gupta
Aastha Gupta

Hello hello, I’m Aastha (it rhymes with pasta)! I’m a 5th-year student studying Computer Science & Engineering with a minor in business, originally from Shrewsbury, MA. I have held three different internships with Northrop Grumman in the Melbourne, FL location of their Aeronautics sector thus far. The first was as an Electronics Engineering Intern in the summer of 2020 where I simulated aircraft hardware using software, the second was as a Software Engineering Intern in the summer of 2021 where I automated software smoke testing and storage, and the third was as a Software Engineering Intern in the summer of 2022 where I developed and built a risk/opportunity management platform. I also completed a semester with Marathon Petroleum Corporation as a Damage Prevention & Geospatial Technology Co-Op in Findlay, OH during spring 2022. I utilized machine learning to create computer vision models that detect crude oil and volatile liquid leaks in their pipelines. 

I became an ECS Peer Coach because I’m passionate about helping others learn how to brag about themselves to employers – I want people to see how awesome I already know they are! I learned a lot from the ECS staff while utilizing them and their resources myself, and I want to pass on those nuggets of knowledge in a casual setting because I understand that it can be scary to talk to someone that isn’t on the same playing field as you. My best piece of advice for any new engineering student is to find a method to stay organized and stick to it! The engineering workload tends to grow exponentially, and keeping track of it very quickly into the game can be hard. Have a method to the madness to stay on top of it all and success will come your way! Hit me up for organizational tips and let me convince you why Google Calendar should be your best friend ;) 

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Jackson Goodall

Hey everyone! My name is Jackson Goodall, and I am a 3rd year honors student studying Industrial & Systems Engineering! My specialization is in Management Systems and Operations Research, and I am minoring in Business Analytics. I am originally from Troy, OH (a small town 20 minutes north of Dayton), and I have had two internships so far. My first of which was at Crown Equipment Corporation during the summer of 2021 as a Supply Chain/Logistics Intern. Most recently, I was at GE Aviation for the summer of 2022 as the Lean Business Operations Intern. Through my internships I have learned so much about supply chain, operations, manufacturing (jet engines, of course), and process improvement!

I have always loved helping people when I can, especially when it comes to professional development, which is exactly why I wanted to become an ECS Peer Career Coach. Not to mention, I get an excuse to talk to people all the time! With very little direction or knowledge, I spent a lot of time my freshman and sophomore years attempting to network, crashing and burning at career fairs, trying to formulate a professional resume, and scraping handshake for any opportunities. Truly, I just want to be able to leverage my experiences to help other young engineers better understand different steps they can take to stand out in a professional landscape. My best piece of advice for a new engineering student would be this: Learn to leverage your professional relationships. People are your best resource! Keep track of individuals you connect with, how you connected with them, and don’t be afraid to reach out to them with questions about their role, company, etc.

Outside of school and work, I am involved in a few different organizations across campus. I am currently the VP of Internal Relations for The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, I am a member of Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club, I am the Alumni Relations Chair for my social fraternity, Theta Chi, I am a Honda Scholar, and I am in Alpha Pi Mu (APM) and Tau Beta Pi (TBP). I am super into all things music – specifically rock, indie, alternative and R&B. I play guitar, tennis, and really I just enjoy being around my closest friends!

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Jill Feilen

Hi! I’m Jill Feilen and I’m a 4th year Chemical Engineering student from Dayton, OH. I’ve completed 3 co-op terms with Dow Chemical. My first term was virtual in Summer 2021, where I developed an interactive Power BI dashboard to increase visibility of plant performance metrics and find opportunities for improvement in production. My second term was in Spring 2022 in Freeport, TX as a Production/Improvement Engineering co-op working on safety and production improvement projects, as well as day-to-day troubleshooting. My last term was Summer 2022 as a Production Engineering co-op where I worked on some more projects to reduce plant downtime and boost production.

I became an ECS Peer Career Coach to help inspire other engineering students and help them gain confidence to achieve their goals. I understand how difficult it can be to overcome doubts, fears of inadequacy, imposter’s syndrome, etc. My biggest advice to a new engineering student is to go into every setting with a positive mindset and can-do attitude. This applies to classes, exams, interviews, internships, and more. You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish with this attitude!

Outside of being a Peer Career Coach, I’ve been involved in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers since I got to Ohio State. I’ve served as Freshman Outreach Chair, Marketing Chair, Treasurer, and now Fundraising Chair. I also volunteer as a STEM tutor for middle school students in Columbus and participate in the College of Engineering Hometown Ambassadors program, where I advocate for engineering as a course of study to students at my former high school. Outside of these, I love exercising, including lifting, running, hiking, rock climbing, and playing soccer. I also love cooking and baking when I have the chance!

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Kavya Narayanan 

Hello! My name is Kavya Narayanan and I am a Biomedical Engineering BS/MS student in the second year of my master’s.  I am originally from Dublin, OH.  Career-wise, I have completed 3 internships with Procter & Gamble in their Beauty R&D division in the summers of 2020, 2021, & 2022.  Currently, I am pursuing the Biomedical Engineering Medical Product Development BS/MS program, where I am working on a two-year capstone project with GE Healthcare.  

I became an ECS Peer Career Coach so that I can share any and all insights I have gathered over the past four years about all things internships & the job search process.  I have a diverse range of experiences, ranging from internships, research, and graduate school, and my goal is to help you succeed with whatever path you choose! I’ve had several incredible mentors who have gotten me to where I am today, and I hope to do the same for others.  And this aligns with my advice for you – surround yourself with people who will advocate for you and support you.  Step out of your comfort zone to find mentors who can guide you and be your advocate!  

Outside of academics, I have been involved with the Mount Leadership Society Scholars and Society of Women Engineers.  Of the latter, I served as President (2021-22), Secretary (2020-21), & Big-Little Chair (2019-20).  I’m also a volunteer at the Wexner Medical Center.  One of my highlights of college was participating in an engineering service-learning trip to Honduras my freshman year!  In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, trying new coffee shops, and going to workout classes!

Meet our Graduate Advisor

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Sarah Dierkes

Hi! My name is Sarah, I graduated from OSU in the spring of 2022 with my BSBA (I specialized in Human Resources and minored in Organizational Communication) and am now a first-year student in the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) program. I’m from a small town called Upper Sandusky and no, it’s not the same as Sandusky where Cedar Point is. During undergrad, I had three different HR internships (thank you, Handshake). My first was during the summer of 2020 with NiSource, next was the following summer in 2021 with Vertiv, and lastly with Landor & Fitch from the fall of 2021 to the end of summer 2022. I joined the ECS team as a Graduate Administrative Associate (GAA) because when I started at OSU, I was in the exploration program (aka I had no clue what to major in) and career services really helped me find the right path! I always felt like everyone except for me knew exactly what they wanted to do and had all the confidence in the world when it came to interviewing and finding an internship/job, so I’m excited to help students navigate this process!

During undergrad, I was involved with several different student organizations. I was part of BuckeyeThon, Undergraduate Business Women’s Association (UBWA), Alpha Phi Omega (a co-ed service fraternity), and I served as the VP of Public Relations and Events for Human Resources Association. In my spare time, I like to go on walks outside, listen to podcasts or music (preferably Taylor Swift), and spend time with my family/friends and pets! The best advice I’d share with a new student (Engineering or not) is to be as proactive as possible! One of the biggest adjustments you’ll have to make when transitioning from high school to college is re-learning how to manage your time and stay on top of your assignments. Also, try to find a balance between academics and a social life – college goes by fast!

Spring 2023 Drop-in Hours

January 9 - April 24

Drop-ins take place in the ECS office.  There will be no drop-ins during university breaks. 

Mondays: 11:00am-1:00pm (ALL undergraduate and graduate students)

Tuesdays: 10:00am-12:00pm (first, second, and third year students only)

Wednesdays: 2:00pm-4:00pm (first, second, and third year students only)

Thursdays: 10:00am-12:00pm (ALL undergraduate and graduate students)

*You must be registered with ECS to attend drop-ins.
*Please bring a printed copy of your resume to drop-ins if wanting a resume review.