Tip Tuesday: Make the Most of Thanksgiving Break

Written by Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs, Sarah Steenrod

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As you are getting ready for Thanksgiving Break, you may be thinking about enjoying a nice meal or catching up with friends and family. We are looking forward to this as well! The end of fall semester is in sight, the air is crisp, and Buckeye football is entertaining, to say the least! As you take time to give thanks, here are a few ideas to keep in mind:

Reflect

Take a few minutes to think about fall semester, your college experience so far, and how you are progressing towards your goals. While you don’t need to dwell on the past, reflection can be extremely helpful as you continue to move forward on your educational journey.

Build relationships

Holidays can provide a great opportunity to talk with friends, family, or perhaps people you have never even met. Asking others about where they work, what they like about their career, or what they like to do for fun can be a great way to learn about others and potential career paths.

Shop the sales

If you need to add a few new items to your professional or business casual wardrobe, take advantage of the Black Friday sales. You don’t need to stand in lines at 4 a.m., but it might be worth checking out your favorite retailers, either in-person or on-line this weekend.

Rest

You have likely been pushing yourself, perhaps pulling an all-nighter or two. Sleep deprivation can take toll on the mind, body, and soul, so take the opportunity to sleep in a little late or get to bed a little early. You will likely be amazed at how much better you will feel.

Please know that the Office of Career Management is extremely THANKFUL for the wonderful students and employers we have the opportunity to work with each day!

OCM Staff Spotlight: Maria Grund

Maria Grund is a Peer Career Coach in the Office of Career Management and a fourth-year undergraduate student at the Fisher College of Business.  Her favorite part about working in the OCM is helping other students improve their professional development skills!  Maria first worked as a nanny and, if she could be anything in the world,  she would be an octopus to explore the ocean.  On campus, her favorite spot is the Shoe!  Outside of work, Maria enjoys yoga, skiing, playing volleyball, eating good food, and watching classic movies with her roommates.  You might be surprised to know that Maria has never won a game of Monopoly!  Her advice for Fisher undergraduate business students is, “when in doubt, try it out!  There is no harm in testing out new things and having a wider variety of experiences.”

Tip Tuesday: Informational Interviews

Written by Senior Director, Undergraduate Career Management and Recruitment, Margie Bogenschutz

You have probably heard many people encourage you to do informational interviews as a way to get information about specific career fields, career paths, industries or companies – and as a way to start to build your personal network. But how do you get started?

The first step is to make a list of people you might be able to start with. This list can include:

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  • Family and Friends
  • Fisher and Ohio State Alumni (search through OSU Alumni Fire or LinkedIn)
  • Student Organizations
  • Fisher Centers of Excellence
  • Professors
  • Staff
  • Classmates
  • Past/Current Employers
  • Coworkers
  • Bosses
  • Extracurricular Groups
  • Social organizations
  • Industry associations
  • Interest groups

 

The next thing you want to do is determine your goals for each meeting: what are you trying to learn? What is your intended outcome of the meeting? From this, you can begin to develop some questions.

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Now you have to reach out and try to set up some meetings. The Office of Career Management has a handout that provides great advice on informational interviews and networking – including a sample email you can use to contact people to set up your meetings. This handout also includes many sample questions that you can use – find those questions that will help you achieve your goals for each meeting. It also includes a sample thank you note – as you will want to send a thank you to anyone who agrees to meet with you.

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Although many students are hesitant about doing information interviews, those who do, attest that it is one of the most beneficial ways to gain insights about careers or companies and to develop their network.

 

Tip Tuesday: So What if I Don’t Pass My QUIC Interview?

Written by Career Advisor, Lauren Kume

As a student at Fisher, you probably know the importance of passing your QUIC interview—so this blog post isn’t meant to harp on this detail.  Instead, my hope is that you can see some silver lining in not passing your QUIC interview and be ready to go for the next one!

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General Perspectives:

  • QUIC is meant to be a one on one coaching experience – think of it as a learning experience and a way to develop strong interviewing skill sets!
  • QUIC is a great time to practice so if you do not pass the first time, you get to have an extra hour to practice! While it may be a longer process, at the end of the day, you will have even more feedback to do well in your next interview with an employer.

Other factors that may have impacted your QUIC interview:

  • Did you conduct in-depth company research before the interview? If not, utilizing the resources found on our Company Research handout – this will help you get started!
  • Were you able to truly self-reflect on your experiences so you could provide specifics and details for each question? Try to think of 5 or 6 scenarios that you may use in an interview to articulate your experiences related to highly sought after qualifications such as leadership, innovation, problem solving, and teamwork.
  • Did you get a good night’s sleep? Were you on-time?  The biggest factor: did you prepare?  The next go around you will know what to expect and this will make your next QUIC experience much better.

Final thoughts:

Take the feedback from your initial QUIC and incorporate it to improve with your next one.  Chances are when you implement this feedback, you will do much the better the second time around.  Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking process and the QUIC program is meant to help alleviate these stressors, not add to them. You got this!

 

 

OCM Staff Spotlight: Jeff Baldetti

Jeff Baldetti is the Fisher Futures Coordinator in the Office of Career Management and a first-year MBA student at the Fisher College of Business.  His favorite part about working in the OCM is teaching a class of very impressive undergraduate students!  Prior to working in the OCM, Jeff worked as a Fixed Income Research Analyst.  His dream job is to be paid to play golf for the rest of his life!  Outside of work, Jeff enjoys traveling, golfing, and hiking, and sometimes combining all three!  You might be surprised to know that Jeff has a motorcycle and has been riding since he was 16!  His advice for Fisher undergraduate business students is, “make lasting friendships with your peers and the Ohio State community. Meaningful relationships are the most important things you can develop no matter where you go or what you choose to do!”