ENGINEERING EXPO presented by Engineers' Council

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Why is the Engineering Expo a virtual career fair this year?

In light of COVID-19 and the need to reduce population density and maintain physical distancing, all fall semester engineering recruiting events will be held virtually. The health and well-being of our students, employers, staff, faculty, and the university community continues to be our top priority.

We are excited to partner with Handshake to run the Engineering Expo in a virtual format. The Virtual Engineering Expo will allow students and employers to engage through:

  • Video, audio, and chat communication

  • Group sessions

  • 1:1 student meetings scheduled in advance or after a group session

  • Sharing company values and documentation with students ahead of time 

The 2020 Engineering Expo Coordinators and Engineering Career Services are committed to connecting students with employers recruiting for co-op, internship and full-time career opportunities in a safe virtual environment. We hope you will enjoy the first ever Virtual Engineering Expo!

 


 

How to prepare for the Virtual Engineering Expo

Here are some best practices to help you prepare for a successful virtual career fair: 

 


 

Attendee Eligibility

Which degree levels, school year levels, and position types will employers be targeting at the Virtual Engineering Expo?

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students in Engineering majors are encouraged to attend the Virtual Engineering Expo. Handshake's virtual career fair format offers a limited number of 1:1 Student Meetings and Group Sessions. Most employers will be focusing on the following:

Degree Levels: BS, MS, PhD
Position Types: Co-op, Internship, Job (full-time)

Freshmen - please consider attending one of our many other events. The ECS Events page includes a list of offerings geared towards building your job search skills and connecting you with employers.

Can Ohio State Engineering alumni attend the career fair?

Yes.  Your resume should indicate that you have an Ohio State degree and corresponding graduation date.  Please note that most employers will be looking for recent graduates (1-2 years from graduation).  ECS recommends for alumni past the 1-2 year mark that you connect with The Bill and Susan Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management to engage in activities geared towards experienced alum. 

Can I attend if I am not a current Ohio State student or Ohio State alumni?

No. The Virtual Engineering Expo is only for current Ohio State students or recent Ohio State engineering graduates.

 


 

Attire

What should I wear to the Virtual Engineering Expo?

Professional attire is recommended. Visit the ECS Blog on attire.

 



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How to find the Virtual Engineering Expo in your Handshake account

There are a few different ways to find virtual fairs and events:

  • Event recommendations. Just like job recommendations, Handshake will recommend upcoming virtual events for you based on your profile and interests.
  • Events page. To see a full list of upcoming events, click the Events tab on your Handshake dashboard. On the Events page, you’ll see filters to narrow down events by date, and whether they’re a Career Fair and Virtual. 
  • Employers you follow. You’ll be notified when the employers you follow are attending a the Virtual Engineering Expo. If you haven’t already, start following the employers you're interested in connecting with at the fair.
  • Employer pages. When you view an employer’s page, you’ll be able to see which upcoming events they are attending or hosting. 

When you click on a virtual fair page, you’ll see which employers will be attending and a list of their sessions and speakers. You can also filter the list of all employers by location, industry, and more. 

 


 

How to Register for the Virtual Engineering Expo

Student registration will open September 1. 

To claim your spot at the Virtual Engineering Expo, use your Handshake account, find the Virtual Engineering Expo by searching Events, and then click the Register button on the top right corner of the page. When you register for the Virtual Engineering Expo, you’ll see a list of the sessions you can sign up for with each employer. 

This page also includes filters and search, so you can narrow down the sessions and find the ones you want to sign up for. 

When you find a session that you want to attend, click the link and you’ll see a window pop up with available times. Select the time you want to attend, and click Confirm. You may attend as many sessions as you like, as long as their schedule times don’t overlap.

Log into Handshake today to update your profile and get ready for the Virtual Engineering Expo!

 



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How do I engage with employers during a virtual career fair?

Career fairs are a great way to learn about and engage with companies that are of interest to you. A virtual format will enhance the experience, allowing you to:

  • Meet with employers - Interact with recruiters through video, audio, or chat
  • Discover new career opportunities - Get personalized recommendations based on your Handshake profile for which employers to connect with
  • Never wait in line, ever - Pre-schedule 1:1 or group sessions with employers you’re  interested in, or join an open session on the day-of
  • Make an impression - Bring your unique perspective to the table, ​ask great  questions, and follow up with recruiters after the fair​

 

 

 


 

Team Expo

Engineering Expo has historically been one of the largest career fairs in the Midwest.  It takes the efforts of a team of hardworking student volunteers and Engineering Career Services staff members to provide the best possible event for student job seekers and recruiters.  

Due to COVID-19, the Engineering Expo will be held virtually for the first time ever!  

Expo Coordinators

The 2020 Engineering Expo Coordinator role is shared by four students:

Jonathan Berry (BS, Mechanical Engineering, Autumn 2020)

Dante Della Vella (BS, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Autumn 2020)

Lilly Liu (BS, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Spring 2022)

Alex McCullough (BS, Chemical Engineering, Autumn 2022)

This year's Expo Coordinators will not have the same responsibilities that Expo Coordinators for in-person fairs have had in the past. The 2020 Expo Coordinators have been benchmarking other vitual career fairs, they will handle publicizing the virtual career fair to students, assist with the day-of-event logistics in the virtual career fair space, and engage with engineering students to help the students become more comfortable and familiar with virtual career fairs. Engineering Career Services manages employer publicity, event registration, finances, and event inquiries. You can direct your questions to eng-ecs@osu.edu or call 614-292-6651 between 8:00am and 5:00pm EST.

Engineers' Council

The Engineering Expo is the  major fund-raising event for Engineers' Council. E-Council is composed of representatives from engineering student organizations and project teams. The E-Council Faculty Advisor is David L. Tomasko, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Services and Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Engineering Career Services - Registration Management

Although Engineering Expo is a student fundraiser, Engineering Career Services helps out. Registration for the Engineering Expo is handled through Engineering Career Services. Amy Franklin, Employer Services Manager, assists employers with questions regarding their career fair registration.  Effie Patitsas, Office Manager, fields questions related to payments for Engineering Expo.  Caitlin Mashhadian, Recruiting & Events Coordinator, manages interviews and other recruiting events.