Welcome Back: A Message from the ECS Director

Posted: August 25, 2020

Welcome to the Fall 2020 semester! I hope you were able to have a nice summer despite COVID 19 and are ready to get started. It’s going to be challenging but I hope you can see the positives along the way. Maybe you will learn something new about yourself and society and how we can all deal with and affect change. We will miss seeing you in our office and believe me, we miss being there too. During this strange time whether you’re looking for a job, internship, or other opportunity, we are here for you. Whatever concerns you have, please lean on us and lean on your “village”—your friends, family, faculty, mentors, advisors, etc.

It's going to be a rough year, I'm not going to sugarcoat it. COVID has and will continue to impact the economy. Try to be as prepared as you can for it, which sometimes starts simply with understanding the realities. Please take advantage of all the online resources we have for you on our website and keep checking Handshake, our events, and our blog. You can also make an appointment with one of our career advisors online or over the phone. We would love to talk with you!   

This is not news anyone wants to hear but it might take longer to find a job, and the first one may not be your dream job. However, engineering is still in VERY high demand; the skills that you learn are invaluable and can cross over many disciplines, so this is the year for flexibility! The economy will eventually bounce back but certain sectors may look very different. If you’d like to check out these economic forecasts from reputable consulting firms, I invite you to do so below. Also continue to check out your own professional association websites for updates (as well as job postings in some cases):  

Remember, you are resilient. You are engineering students at Ohio State and you will find success in your own way. Be kind and patient with yourself. Let me know what you need from us. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at thaci.1@osu.edu. You don’t have to go this alone. Take care and have a great fall semester!  

“Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” – Mae Jemison