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Preparing for Life after Graduation

Esteban Rodriguez

Esteban Rodriguez,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 7 February 2016

My four years at Ohio University have almost come to a close and I am now in my last semester. Even though these four years have been amazing, I have to prepare for what my life is going to be in 3 months.

After thinking about my plans for several months, I have decided to pursue a career in industry and not to apply for graduate school. The oil industry had always been my passion; however given the fact that the price of oil has declined to record levels, I started looking at other industries.

The industry that has caught most of my attention has been the software industry, especially business intelligence, analytics and big data. My current plan is to find a job in a company that works with the applications of this type of software.

In order to find a job in the industry that I want, I have been using several resources that are very effective. While being an international student, finding a job in the United States is not easy since it requires sponsorship. However, I do think that the resources that I have used have given me several opportunities to at least introduce myself to the company.

Among the resources that I have used, the one that has helped me the most is my network. Since I was a sophomore, I knew that I had to build a network and I did so through my student organizations. This network has benefited me in getting interviews, assisting me through the hiring process and on top of that provided me with an even larger network. I will keep working on my job search during the next couple of months hoping to have something lined up for after graduation!

Help from the CLDC

Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 11 December 2015

Finals week is complete and now I have seven semesters down, one more to go! As a lot of Bobcats go home this winter break to rest their brains from finals week, I will be spending some more time here in Athens.

A few people asked why am I not going home right away and the thing is I enjoy it here and I also have a lot to do this break. There is one semester left then I will be unleashed to the real world. I want to make sure I am thoroughly prepared before I start interviewing for jobs. I have some studying to do and some interview preparation also. Athens being nice and quiet is perfect.

One very helpful place that helped me tremendously is the Career and Leadership Development Center. They are located in Baker Center and they do a number of things such as mock interviews, reviewing resumes, and holding leadership programs.

I used a couple of their services last semester: the mock interview and resume review. I received some great pointers on my resume. I made some changes and feel a lot more comfortable since it was reviewed by someone that has so much experience with resumes.

My mock interview was a great experience. It was good practice and a confidence booster also. The interviewer makes the experience feel legitimate and they give you genuine feedback to help you succeed. I told the person that interviewed me that they may see me again because I may be doing another mock interview spring semester!

Post-College Adventures

Steve Toth

Steve Toth,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 8 December 2015

As the first half of my senior year comes to a close I would like to follow up on one of my previous posts about the fall career fair and the great opportunities it presented. During the fair, one of the companies I spoke to was Honda of America. Following the fair, I was offered an on-campus interview and was later offered an on-site interview for a position as a new model packaging engineer. Shortly after, I was offered and accepted the position which is in Marysville, OH.

This start to my career as an engineer is very exciting for me as a way to branch out and apply myself in a discipline that is not only new and interesting, but also presents the challenges of being a part of the automotive industry. It is also comforting to be able to focus on my studies in my last semester, which will be the most challenging, instead of searching for jobs.

In addition to finding a full-time job, I have been also accepted into a position within the Ohio Army National Guard as a platoon leader within a maintenance company, in order to serve my commitment with Army ROTC. Between working for Honda and serving in the National Guard, I look forward to the challenges I will be faced with and the growth I will experience from these challenges.

Beyond these two positions, I’m also looking forward to a project of my own. One of my life long dreams, which seems ever closer, has been to farm. Over the next few years I will be renting 55 acres from my parents in Lancaster, OH as I renovate not only the house but also the property in preparation to purchase and begin my lifelong dream of farming (picture below).

Lancaster Farm

I have no doubt that the next few years of my life will be very busy but I look forward to the new opportunities and challenges I will encounter once my time at Ohio University is over.

Interviewing for an Internship

Natasha Norris

Natasha Norris,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 October 2015

Last week, I traveled to Nashville, TN for my third national Society of Women Engineers Conference and for the third year in a row, I was going to try to get an interview with the Boeing Company and hopefully, an internship.

I believe I was third in line to talk to Boeing when the career fair doors opened. It is such an intense feeling handing a recruiter your resume because you never know their personality and which cards you should play. I’ve had a few bad experiences and a few good ones, and this just time was one of the good ones.

The recruiter asked me a few questions about my resume and then concluded with “Why Boeing?” And I don’t believe I’ve ever given a more honest answer. I told her Boeing is on the top of my list, I’ve always wanted to work for Boeing. The first time I flew, I knew I wanted to work with planes and as I grew older, I knew it had to be Boeing. Your company is the number one supplier of planes to the world; you give people wings. Why not Boeing? It’s the best!

I don’t believe I’ve ever had a bigger smile on my face and fortunately, she had one too. I scored an interview.

They conducted a STAR interview. But, after the interview, they wanted to know my questions.

This is always a turning point in an interview; my advice is to always ask questions. It is an opportunity to show off your knowledge of the company and they can learn more of where you might fit through your concerns. I made sure I had a few questions lined up for the interview that were honest.

I must have impressed because 4 hours later my phone was receiving a call from Seattle, WA. I ran out of the restaurant and almost cried when the lady told me I had the internship! Dream come true! I had worked so hard to work for this opportunity all through my undergrad and it was finally paying off.

In conclusion, I just want anyone going to an interview to be completely honest with themselves and the recruiter: why do you want to work HERE? Why are we made for you and you for us?

Also, if you do not get the interview on the first try, like I did my first two SWE conferences, keep trying. Do not settle with a company you do not like, or if you do end up somewhere other than your desired company, still strive to make your dream company job happen. Yay Boeing!

Transition to Aviation Industry

Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 20 October 2015

Senior year is here. I can’t believe it is, but if I look back at my time here…it’s believable. These past three years I met a lot of people and have had a lot of memorable experiences. I will miss this place, but I am going to focus more on the two semesters I still have and I am going to enjoy it while it’s here.

So far my class schedule is extremely easy. I’m only taking 3 classes–tough right? That’s called “planning ahead” and getting the tough classes out of the way before the inevitable senioritis kicks in. Spring semester is going to be similar: 3 classes and an online class. I’m loving senior year already.

One thing I really like about my classes is that they are focused more on transitioning from college out to the workforce. The classroom setting feels more like a discussion amongst everyone rather than a lecture which I really like.

My favorite class by far this semester is called Transition to Aviation Industry. The title pretty much says it all. We are learning how to build a resume, practicing interviews, learning how to network, and actually doing a little networking as part of the class. How do you think we go about networking? Field trips!! I haven’t been on a field trip since high school and it was about time for one!

This year we have been visiting airlines and different companies. We even visited control towers. My favorite so far was visiting PSA airlines. I really would like to work for an airline and that was a great way to get my foot in the door and I really liked their facilities. We have four field trips and 15 different guest speakers coming in to talk to us. I’m liking this whole senior year thing.

Job Hunting Season

Steve Toth

Steve Toth,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 27 September 2015

As my senior year goes on, the threat of real life comes closer. This past week, Ohio University hosted four days of career fairs, two of which were open to the whole university and two specifically for the Russ College of Engineering.

All four of these fairs were PACKED. Knowing that I need to find a full time job following graduation it felt really good knowing that Ohio University is there to help me not only to earn the needed education to succeed in industry but also provide the needed resources to find the job of my dreams.

Not only does Ohio University put on career fairs to help students find jobs but they also support an entire office with this sole purpose, the
Career and Leadership Development Center
(CLDC). This office helps students develop effective resumes, learn to interview effectively and learn to network. Additionally, the CLDC offers career coaching services and several workshops every semester to aid in the job search process.

One of the best services the Career and Leadership Development Center offers is “Bobcat Careerlink”. This is an online resource where students can find and apply for jobs and internships by companies searching specifically for Ohio University students and graduates.

With all of these resources available to us, it really feels great to be an Ohio University student where we are not just numbers and our faculty and staff truly care about our career success.

Beginning the Job Search

Katie Logue

Katie Logue,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 1 September 2015

Classes and extracurriculars are well underway, and it hasn’t quite sunk in that this is my final Fall semester. My time at Russ College has flown by, and I honestly can’t figure out where the past four years have gone.

This summer I completed my fourth co-op rotation at DuPont in Washington, WV. Although participating in the co-op program that many times delayed my graduation by a year, it was well worth it. I worked in the Mechanical Development Group and gained overall about a year and a half of experience with all kinds of mechanical equipment. I learned so many things that I wouldn’t have necessarily been able to see in a classroom. Now, as I am already beginning my job search for after graduation, I’m truly realizing the value of this experience.

I didn’t realize how time-consuming and stressful applying for jobs could be or just how early in the semester this process would begin. Not only have I spent several hours editing my resume, corresponding with recruiters, and filling out applications, but next I’ll have to find time in my schedule for plant tours and interviews. Although I’m very excited about this next step in my life, it is challenging to stay focused on school and other responsibilities while job hunting.

I know that this will likely be my last stressful semester, and by the time Spring semester arrives, I will have accepted a job offer, my senior design project will be nearing prototype completion, and I will have a much less strenuous course load. Sometimes it’s hard to see very far into the future, but I know all the hard work and responsibility has been worth it, and I will look back on this time one day an miss all these great things that are going on in my life right now. My goal for this year is to embrace every opportunity and truly enjoy my senior year.