The semester transition & tips for your job search

Posted: October 21, 2011

The switch from quarters to semesters will certainly have an impact on how you approach your job search, whether you are looking for co-op/intern opportunities, or a full-time job. Here are some helpful tips to help you make the most of the switch:

  1. Know your options in terms of timing. Have a few quarters or semesters in mind where you might be able to fit in a co-op or internship. Talk to your academic advisor about your plans and think about your course planning options. For seniors, know the exact month in which you will graduate and plan your job search around that date. Be ready to share this information with an employer in an interview, at a career fair, or a networking event.

  2. Start your job search early. Fall is the best time for a graduating senior to secure a job before graduation. Employers are already posting internship jobs for the summer in the fall as well! It is in your best interest to take advantage of ECS resources before the end of our heavy recruiting season (October – February).

  3. Keep an open mind about the job search. For example, if your top employer isn’t hiring during the short summer, find a possible alternative company to work for that will allow you to build a skill set that makes you competitive for your top employer later on. Did you miss an on-campus interview deadline? Think about visiting the employer website, or following up with contacts that you have made at other recruiting events. Utilize the “Job Search Links” resources on the ECS homepage, under “Student Resources.” If the company participates in the Engineering Job Shadow Program, be sure to sign up in February to visit them.

  4. Make a back-up plan in case you do not find a match for a summer internship or co-op. The bottom line for this summer is to stay busy! Build your skills through volunteer work; part-time jobs; activities; independent projects; etc. Be sure to ask for help from an ECIP advisor when documenting this experience on your resume.

  5. Use the resources available to you on the My Switch site.



Best of luck in the transition!

"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance."
-Nathaniel Branden


Authored by Rachel Ligman.