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Preparing for P&G After Graduation

Nichole Lowe

Nichole Lowe,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 25 February 2014 – Ohio University, specifically Russ College, has allowed me to reach my goals. When I graduate, I will be working for Procter & Gamble Research and Development for their Beauty department. Since my freshman year, I have always known that P&G was my dream company. The education here at OU prepared me to be successful in two internships for P&G which led to my full-time job offer.

There is also a lot of assistance here beyond the academics. I had my resumé looked at by the Russ College co-op office and even did a mock interview to prepare myself. Another important resource on OU’s campus that I used sophomore year for my job interview was the quiet rooms provided at Baker for phone and Skype interviews. This was very useful because I did not have to worry about anyone interrupting my interview or having a lot of background noise.

Now that I have already accepted my full time job offer, I am currently in the process of preparing my new apartment. This has truly been an exciting time for me. Despite living in apartments here at OU for two years, getting an apartment for my job feels more official. This process has made me realize that I am truly entering into the real world. Furniture and apartment shopping has been the highlight of the post-graduation plans.

It’s exciting to already know what I will be doing when I graduate and to reflect on the four great years I’ve had as an Ohio university student. I look forward to graduation day and receiving my diploma so I can officially call myself an Ohio University Alum.

Accepting a Job and Starting My Career

Steven Crane

Steven Crane,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 17 October 2013 – I’ve got great news–I accepted a full time job offer from Gosiger last week! And the crazy thing is…I don’t even graduate until December of 2014! It was a great feeling when they said “we want to extend you a job offer.” And after all the incentives and everything else they offered I accepted it!

Gosiger

Gosiger is a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machine Distributor and Engineering Solutions company. They’re located in Dayton, Ohio and I will be working there this summer and will start full time after I graduate.

Gosiger

I really love the Russ College of Engineering and Technology because of how well they prepared me for this opportunity; both in the sense of technical skills, but also how to do a job interview. This is completely different from applying for a job at your local restaurant and temp hire during the summer. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A CAREER!

I feel really blessed and thankful for this opportunity that I’ve been presented with. I’ll be a Sales Engineer at Gosiger. As an Engineering Technology and Management student, I was able to achieve my certificate in Technical Sales during my stay at OU. I would highly recommend it because it helped me become a much more well-rounded individual in the business side of engineering because ETM students already are required to minor in business.

You might be wondering to yourself, “Self, I bet he had to stay a whole extra semester/year to earn a certificate in Technical Sales.” Fact is I didn’t. I was able to substitute my technical electives for sales electives.

If you’re interested in the sales centre, here is a link to their website.
http://aspnet.cob.ohio.edu/isms/tsc.aspx

If I were to explain it on this blog, it would be at least a few pages long! A career in sales is not what everyone thinks it is. It is a very rewarding career that I’m ecstatic about and can’t wait to start my career in January 2015!

Preparing for My Job Search

Eric Abboud

Eric Abboud,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 12 September 2013 – After a visit with the Career Center here at Ohio University, I got a wake up call regarding the content of my resume. My resume portrayed my strong work ethic and a good GPA, but after visiting with the Career Center I realized I had absolutely no involvement with organizations here at OU. Had it not been for my visit to the Career Center I never would have considered it, and even if I did, I may not have acted on it.

My past four summers have been consumed by working, whether it was with the Ohio Department of Transportation or Dutton Cattle Co. As a student at Ohio University I worked for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and at Boyd dining hall. I needed to work to build up a savings account, pay for books, rent, etc. It wasn’t until my third year at OU that I realized being involved in organizations was just as important as maintaining a paying job.

Coincidentally, I was presented with two opportunities to join organizations a week after my visit with the Career Center. The first was Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT), the International Honor Society for Professionals in Technology. I accepted the invitation to join and was appointed Treasurer. Shortly after my invitation to join EPT I was selected to join the Engineering Ambassadors, representing the Engineering Technology and Management Department along with a good friend of mine.

Having a job and supporting yourself as a college student is important, but the knowledge and contacts gained from organizations and honor societies are invaluable. Working alongside professors, developing relationships with other high-achieving individuals, and growing a network of professionals within the industry might not show up in a bank account, but they definitely build up your resume. More importantly, they strengthen your abilities as a student and potential employee.

Leaving Ohio, Heading to Work

Sam Williams

Sam Williams,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 23 April 2013 – It’s down to the wire: we’re all facing the last two weeks of school this year. For me and many others, this is the last stretch of undergrad ever. This is both exhilarating and terrifying. On the one hand we’ll be moving on to bigger and better things, like grad school, jobs, or year-long breaks traveling the world, to name a few. But on the other, we’ll be leaving behind friends and experiences we may not ever have again.

Personally, I’m headed into the workforce. My job search was long, bumbling, and more often than not, hair-fall-out-ingly stressful. I made all the newbie mistakes. I made my portfolio too big, unorganized, made my resume too wordy, and shotgunned out applications with barely enough time to make sure I hadn’t insulted my reader by mixing up company names.

I also did some things right. I started working on my portfolio, resume, and general web presence in October, giving myself plenty of time to attend to mistakes and revise my image based on classmates’ feedback. I also kept all my professional content true to myself and my goals. I didn’t try to be anything I’m not.

After a lot of hard work and mistakes, I finally landed a pleasing offer at Sunstorm Games in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’ve just signed on with them and I’m very excited to start working with them this summer. There, I will be helping their art team make mobile children’s games, a job that will put my major to perfect use! I’m looking forward to having my own place, earning money, and working with a group of people who treat me like a valued friend and comrade.

I’m wishing luck to all other graduates, no matter what their plans may be. OU, Oh Yeah!

Career Fairs

Paul Barina

Paul Barina,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 25 February 2013 – As a soon-to-be-graduating senior here at Ohio University, I decided it was
best to attend any career fairs Ohio University had to offer. The career fairs are a great place to visit to look for work or an internship. Last week, there were two on campus and there was an excitement in the air regardless of why anyone was there.

On Tuesday, there were around 100 companies present for the campus-wide career fair at Baker Center Ballroom. With so many companies and so many
young college students dressed in their best, I could not help but get excited. One great aspect about the career fair is that there are many industries that are present. I saw and spoke to companies within the automotive, medical, food, and general manufacturing industries. This variety of industry allowed me to see what was really out there. Then on Thursday, there was a second career fair just for companies looking to hire Russ College students.

When surveying the options, it was important that I home in on all the engineering companies and more specifically the ones that offer Industrial
Engineering jobs. Once I had identified them, it was time to go show them what I was all about. This part is crucial. I knew that I as a young engineering student did not have long to impress the professionals present. These professionals could be anything from a Human Resource expert to an engineering manager and I knew they knew exactly what to ask and what they wanted to see in me and the other soon to be graduates. When approaching recruiters, I couldn’t help but feel a rush of excitement along with the given nervousness. These nerves might show a little as the first conversations occur, but it is easy to get in a good groove and just rock it as time goes on.

Of course, being able to feel good at the career fair took me quite a good amount of practice. There are resources within the university and Russ College that have helped me secure practice and training to know exactly how to dress, what to say, and even tuning up my resume. The Russ College of Engineering now has a class where undergraduates can go and receive all this vital information weekly.

Overall, I always leave the career fairs put on by Ohio University with a great feeling. I always feel a sense of pride as I leave, knowing I am not only working toward my future career academically through schoolwork but also professionally.

Planning for Life after Undergrad

Paul Barina

Paul Barina,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 22 January 2013 – It would appear as cliché as it sounds, that freshman year seems like just yesterday. On one hand, this statement is absolutely correct. Around 1,277 days has already nearly flown by since I started the journey. It hasn’t felt like that! Regardless of how it felt, life is going on and life after Undergraduate School is looming. There are two options waiting to be chosen in the near distant future, job seeking, or graduate school.

First and foremost, finding a great job in a great location would be terrific! I really enjoyed my time working at Toledo Molding & Die this last summer. I was able to apply real theories and lessons learned in the class room and apply them on the manufacturing floor. This is an exhilarating feeling! Making real money for all my hard knowledge was very rewarding. This is option one.

Option two will take some patience and dedication. Graduate School has its own advantages. I would get a chance to continue to study Industrial & Systems Engineering at a more intense level at a school I love. I would have the same excellent faculty and staff to learn and be advised under. I would get the opportunity to study and concentrate on areas in which concern me within the Industrial Engineering world, which would be great.

ALT

Two great options are available for the choosing. Both options carry great weight. All that is left now is to decide!

Post-graduation Plans

Evan Teske

Evan Teske, Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 22 May 2012 – Beginning winter quarter last year (my junior year), I took an entire year off from school to work an internship for Abbott Nutrition in Columbus, Ohio. It was a hard decision, as I knew I would be leaving behind many friends to graduate without me, and I felt at the time that I’d be on my own in a new city to make what I could of a job and to be successful.

After a couple months of interning, I was happy with my decision—-the experience I was having was incomparable to anything I had ever done. I was learning what an engineer does day to day, and I was interested and enthusiastic about the projects I was working on and the people I was working with. When I started, I knew I would put forth my best effort to succeed at the work I was given, and as my time there went on, I began to see results of my efforts. When it came time to time to interview for a permanent position with the company, I felt pride in my experience at OU in combination with the professional experience that my internship offered.

Beginning in July, I will start my first job out of school working for Abbott Laboratories in Chicago. The job I accepted is a position in their Manufacturing Professional Development Program, which is a two-year program for college graduates, working four six-month rotations in different positions in different divisions’ supply chains ranging from project-specific engineering roles to supervisory positions. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity, and I am glad I had the encouragement and support to make the decision to leave and co-op last year, or else I’m not sure if I’d be in the same position today.