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Going to WV After Graduation

Adam Kirby

Adam Kirby,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 3 February 2020

I have just started my last semester ever here at Ohio University. It’s a bittersweet time as I find myself talking with first or second year students telling them I wish I was in your shoes and that I could do it all over again.

However, I am eagerly waiting on graduation so I can go out and put all of this hard work and training to good use. I am planning on heading to Morgantown, West Virginia and starting my role as a Manufacturing Engineer. I will always be able to call Ohio University home but I look forward to starting a new journey where I get to experience new and exciting opportunities.

I have already signed a lease in Morgantown which is super exciting. I managed to get a two-bedroom apartment super close to the football stadium so I can continue to enjoy the college sports scene and maybe a touch of college life here and there. I will always be pulling for the Bobcats but now I will have two teams to cheer on during game day.

If I could leave those first and second year students with one thing, it’s to enjoy your time at this amazing school. You will make memories and friends to last a life time. There is truly no other place like our little slice of Appalachia. Enjoy your days, weeks and years and be excited about where the road may take you.

Starting My Senior Year and Starting My Job Search

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 29 September 2019

I never imagined sitting where I am today. Now, I had goals, and one of those was to attend a University and graduate college in four years. I never imagined the thought or feeling of actually accomplishing that. I also never thought the years would fly by as quick as they have. I never thought I would be in the position of picking a job. I never thought I would be where I am today.

So many people preach “never say never” and I very much believe in that. I set my mind to what I wanted, and I have striven to achieve those goals. Being a senior, I can now sit and reflect on all the things that I never would have imagined coming true.

My senior year has come flying in and has been the busiest, most exciting year yet. This semester I have had the opportunity to continue to play club soccer for one last final season, travel to Cleveland for the first time with the ambassadors, set a record attendance for the student organization that I am president of, started my senior capstone course and managed to be on full search for a job.

Career fair week was a busy one. After being out of town the first half of the week, I came back to Athens to gather myself for the career fair. The first career fair in the fall is by far the most stressful day of the fall semester, especially for the seniors. We all crowd into the engineering building, put our best faces on and sell ourselves to every employer we are interested in.

After four hours of being up on your feet and anxious, it is very rewarding to get a call back stating you have an interview the next day or next week. Nothing is more rewarding than having the opportunity to say, “I did it” knowing that before you never imagined this day would come. Never did you think you would be at this career fair looking to actually start your career.

Fall Career Fair

JKay Dunlevy

Kay Dunlevy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 22 September 2019

This week was the Russ College Career Fair, which means that for two days, the engineering buildings are transformed; tables full of students studying in sweatpants are removed, and they’re replaced by students wearing suits, holding resumes, and trying to impress recruiters. There’s so much hustle and bustle during this time that it’s hard not to think about what your future holds!

I have gone to the career fair for the past three years, but this time was entirely different for me. When I was an underclassman, I wanted an internship at any company that would hire me. I didn’t really care what they did, I just wanted a job.

Now as a senior, my goals are entirely different. This time, I only talked to companies that I was interested in. Additionally, when talking to recruiters, I was not solely focused on connecting with them through our conversation, but on asking questions to give me better insight into what working for that company is like.

One difficulty of graduating with an engineering degree is that there are so many fields you can go into, it can be difficult to pinpoint which job would be best for you. Thankfully, I have had two internships that were very different from one another: one was in a manufacturing plant, the other was an office with a prototyping lab; one was close to home, the other was across the country. From these experiences, I gained a better understanding of what type of work I enjoy, and this guided the questions I asked the recruiters.

Ultimately, I still have not decided what I want to do after graduation. However, the career fair allowed me to network with recruiters, ask questions and practice interviewing. Even though I don’t know what my future holds, I think that the career fair was good a step in my journey to figuring it out!

Job Search to Job Found

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 18 February 2019

My first three years of college, I dreamed about that brilliant light at the end of the tunnel: graduation. It felt like it couldn’t come fast enough. Seven more semesters. Only three more semesters. However, when senior year finally rolled around, my excitement was replaced with apprehension as the daunting reality of the job search process sank in.

Frankly, I did not know where to begin. There is a vast variety of work for chemical engineers across a wide range of industries. This is definitely a positive, but it was challenging to narrow down what I wanted to do.

Luckily, I was not left to my own devices and procrastinating tendencies. The Director of Professional Experiences for the Russ College sent out an email about a job posting for an engineer interested in materials science. I thought, “Hey, I like materials science.”

I continued to read the job description—research and development of plastic films—and realized that this was exactly what I wanted to do. It was a mix of lab work while also working with customers and production for the scale-up process.

So, I worked up my courage and sent out my resume and brief cover letter to Next Generation Films, Inc in Lexington, OH. I heard back quickly and soon enough I had a phone interview scheduled with the R&D manager. I was very nervous for the interview, as most interviewees tend to be. However, the interview turned out to be a positive experience as the R&D manager and I chatted about Lauren Daigle in between discussing my resume.

Soon enough, I was on-site for a formal interview and had the chance to check out blown film extrusion and the R&D lab. I fell in love with the process and was beyond excited when I was offered a full time position at Next. Once again, I find myself impatient for summer, not for the end of college, but for the start of my career.

Starting the Senior Year

Nicholas Burton

Nicholas Burton,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 24 September 2018

Week 5 of my “official” senior year of college. So close, yet so far away where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel that is graduation, but there are still plenty of things that need to be done.

After spending yet another summer at home where there is full-time access to the beach, I can say it’s definitely a bittersweet feeling coming back to Athens. Nevertheless, it’s finally starting to feel like fall and this year will be the last time I get to spend on campus, so I am ready to make it count.

This semester, I am completing my senior design project, which I am already seeing is every bit of the time commitment that everyone before me has said it is. With that taking up so much time, it has been a little more difficult to stay focused and make sure every class gets appropriate attention, but so far I have been managing, even with the awful case of “senioritis” I have got going on. My goal is to keep in mind the fact that putting in these 15 weeks (plus 15 more after that) worth of hard work will pay off in the end.

The other big thing I have started to put focus towards is applying to full-time jobs. I believe my past few summers of interning have led me in the path of land development, so that has made it a little easier to focus my search for full-time employment. I can tell you that this process is almost like adding another 4 credit hour class, so I am doing all that I can to get ahead of the game and apply early.