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Russ College Career Fair

Steve Toth

Steve Toth,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 21 February 2015

Being a part of the Russ College of Engineering has more benefits than one may think! It really feels great to be a part of a college where its students are so desired. One example of this is the Russ College Career Fair. This career fair is held once a semester exclusively for Russ College students and employers who desire to hire them. It seems that every semester the career fair grows substantially.


In the past, the fair has only been for one day but as the market for engineers grows and grows, the fair was extended to two days with more than 40 employers attending. Some of the larger employers present were: Kenworth, Dana-Spicer, General Mills, Honda, Kokosing, The Ohio Department of Transportation, US Navy Nuclear Propulsion and The Air Force Training Center. In addition, there was at least one company looking for every major in the College, ranging from electrical engineers to chemical engineers!

But wait there’s more! Some companies stuck around to conduct interviews and offer jobs, making the job hunt so-o-o much easier! With a job outlook like this, there is no question in my mind that I chose the right major, at the right university.

Campus Jobs

Jordan Sapp

Jordan Sapp,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 10 February 2015

Something to consider when thinking about being a college student is whether you want to get a job or not. For me, I didn’t want a job during my first year in school because I wanted to establish a foundation in the transition from high school to college and focus mainly on my classes. As my sophomore year rolled around, I decided that I was capable of working a few hours a week so I got a job at parking services.

I really enjoy working, it gives me some time away from the classroom and homework and allows me to do some physical labor. My current position as event manager is quite a diverse job in that my role is never the same from day to day. One day I could be moving barricades another day I could be dealing with a customer who had their car towed. The ever-changing job tasks keep me on my toes and give some challenges outside of labs and projects.

CATS Bus

As a junior now, it was imperative that I have a job so that I could buy groceries and pay for rent. I actually picked up a second job this semester driving a shuttle bus for Ohio University’s Transportation Services. I currently drive the purple loop CATS bus which is a free shuttle service offered to Ohio University students. Working two jobs has helped me in the ability to manage my time and ensure that I am getting all of my work done. Work is not always a bad thing, I would suggest if you can manage your time well work in college could be for you.

Online Job Searching

Casey Davis

Casey Davis,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 03 February 2015

These days everything you want to find out about or are interested has information online. As a university student how can you use this to benefit you? Should you just use Google and look up engineering jobs? Is there a possibility to narrow down your search to specific areas of interest?

Here at Ohio University there are many different avenues for those of you that don’t exactly know where you are going to work and apply your education. These tools are effective in gaining access to areas of the world that before the internet would have been much more difficult.

For example, there’s the CLDC (Career and Leadership Development Center) and Bobcat CareerLink. For those of you that have never created a resume before college (or a good one at least) the CLDC will go over your resume give you helpful hints and give you the tools to highlight your quality talents and accomplishments. When your resume is improved and looking good you can post it on Bobcat CareerLink. This is a job web site that students and employers can find jobs and candidates that they believe will fit their needs.

I myself have been contacted by Epic (a healthcare software developer) and Honda without applying–employers contacted me, not the other way around. Trust me there is no better feeling than hearing from an employer they want you to interview. This makes job searches/getting an initial job much easier.

There is also a LinkedIn group that consists of Bobcat alums. You can see where they live, who they work for, and the category in which they work (education, consulting, engineering…). This allows for you to contact specific alumni and at the very least find out helpful hints about certain jobs/interview processes. All of these avenues give you a leg up from the competition and will allow you to make yourself stand out from the rest.

Learning from a Great Advisor

Claire Hall

Claire Hall,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 2 October 2014

As an incoming freshman, you are paired with a faculty member in your department. It will be your advisor’s duty to help guide you through the process of choosing classes and schedules throughout your time at OU. Sometimes your advisor is the first professor you meet outside a classroom with. You’ll meet your advisor at least one time a semester to go over scheduling classes.

This professor is a huge part of your experience! They become a mentor and are a very important contact to have. If you have questions about changing major, adding minors, adding certificates, adding specific tracks, switching classes, or dropping classes they’re the person to talk to.

My own advisor, Dr. Monica Burdick, has helped me with much more than my classes throughout my four years at OU. Starting my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to work under Dr. Burdick in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department helping with biomedical research experiments. I had a chance to learn about the different options other than classical chemical engineering that you could pursue with my degree.

I was intrigued and thoroughly enjoyed the lab and Dr. Burdick’s research. She and her graduate students have helped shape me as an engineer throughout the past couple of years and have also made a huge impact on what I’ve chosen to pursue.

Advisors can be an intimidating first step when coming to OU but these professors are here to help you find out your goals and achieve them! They help and mentor you in many ways throughout the years.

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.

Being a Learning Community Leader

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 8 November 2013 – One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had at Ohio University is the opportunity to be a Learning Community Leader (LCL) for a first-year student Learning Community. This Fall is my second rotation as an LCL; last Fall I worked with Dr. Masel from the ISE department as the LCL for a class of ISE, ETM, and undecided engineering majors and this Fall I’m working with Dr. Schwerha from the ISE department as the LCL for a class of ISE and undecided engineering majors. While my experiences have been largely similar in structure and responsibility load, there have been several significant differences between the two classes; I’m happy to say that this semester, in my opinion, has been much more successful in terms of the relationships I’ve been able to build with our students. I’ll touch on those successes, but first let me give a slight background of my responsibilities as an LCL.

Firstly, I highly recommend any first-year student to enroll in their respective majors’ Learning Community program. The LC Programs are designed to aid first-year students in their transition to university life and I have seen countless students who have benefited from these experiences. My role as an LCL is to work alongside the professor to plan and facilitate classroom discussions that include broad topics such as time management, study skills, team-building, academic advising, leadership, emotional intelligence, goal-setting, and many others. I also work with the students to set up outside-of-class activities that we can all do together that are not only fun for myself and the students, but that open their eyes to the many wonderful opportunities they can find at Ohio University.

As I said before, this is my second year as an LCL. In my first year, I worked with a great professor and learned a lot about myself and about being a leader, but I felt that there was a certain disconnect between me and the first-year students. I think what it boiled down to was that I got off to a slow start with this Learning Community: I had a hard time planning out-of-class events, I thought very little about what kind of relationship I wanted to build with the students, and I didn’t take my responsibility as seriously as I should have. By all accounts, the Learning Community went well, but I knew that I could strive to improve.

This year, Dr. Schwerha and I have been able to build a much greater sense of community within the Learning Community which does wonders for the students’ willingness to participate and become involved in university life. I got off to a much better start to the semester, planning numerous outside-of-class events early on and working to build strong relationships with the students. This semester I wanted to show my students that, yes, I am a senior and I have a professional role in this class, but also that I am still a young person and that each of them can come to me with any types of troubles they may be having and talk to me as an equal. I have enjoyed my time as an LCL immensely and I hope that every first-year student entering into their time at Ohio University can take advantage of that tremendous opportunity.

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.