My Job Shadow Experience

Written by Adam Bailey, a first-year marketing student, who participated in the Fisher Undergraduate Job Shadow Program over Spring Break 2017

Walking into the office building on the day of my job shadow program, I had no idea what to expect.  I had never participated in any sort of job program before, so it was a brand-new experience for me and I was both excited and a little bit nervous at the same time.  Thankfully, I realized I had nothing to worry about the whole time, because I am happy to say that it was a great experience and something I would recommend to any OSU student looking for a rewarding experience to do over spring break.  Now, I feel as though the best way to describe my experience and everything I learned from it is to first describe what my day was like, in chronological order from when I first stepped foot into the office.  So, lets get right into it!

8:00 am- Bright and early in the morning, fueled by my morning coffee, I arrived in the office and was introduced to all the employees.  The first thing I noticed was the size of the company; in this office location there were only five employees working.  After meeting everyone, we went straight into a meeting with one of their clients.

8:30 am- The company owners and myself then went off to visit another client and to get a tour of their warehouse and talk about details.  This would be a good time to mention that Employment Solutions specializes in providing temporary staff to different manufacturing and distribution companies.  They match employment-seeking individuals with employee-seeking companies that best match their skill sets and preferences.  At the client site, I sat in as they discussed details regarding employee needs and how much they were paying their employees.

10:00 am- I had the pleasure of meeting the Director of Sales for the company.  We chatted for a good while and discussed things ranging from what working in sales is like, what it takes to succeed in sales, and what it is like working for a small, rapidly growing company.  It was very interesting and insightful, and was one of the highlights of my time there.

12:00 pm- The President and I attended a monthly Delaware County Safety Meeting.  Going to this meeting helps the company receive insurance deductions.  It was a neat experience and they even provided us with food.  It was tacos and they were delicious!

1:00 pm- I then accompanied the President as he did a weekly check-in with their satellite corporate office, located in Groveport.  I got to meet and talk to some more awesome employees.

2:00 pm- We then headed to go visit some other client warehouses located next to Rickenbacker Airport.  We toured some facilities and I sat in as they discussed client employee needs and how things were going.  He visits these client sites frequently because it is important to build these face-to-face connections with clients and to build a sense of trust.  Visiting the clients also allows the President to check in on how employees that they have supplied the client with are doing.

3:30 pm- Back at the main office, I was able to watch as people would come in and go through an interview, drug test, and background check at the office.  If they successfully passed these steps, they were then matched with an employer.  It was cool to see how the Employment Solutions team interacted with job-seekers, either over the phone or in person.  Working in the staffing industry can be both stressful and rewarding and I saw both first-hand while I was shadowing.

5:00 pm- After a long, but rewarding, day it was time to head home.  I made sure to say goodbye to everyone in the office and thanked them for letting me shadow them for the day!

Overall, the job shadow program was a great experience and one I would highly recommend to any student looking for a worthwhile experience over spring break.  I look forward to hopefully participating in it next year as I feel I not only gained important advice and insights but also made some great connections as well.  The most important thing to remember when during a job shadow, no matter where it is at, is that it is what you make of it.  What I mean by this is that you get out of the job shadow what you put into it; if you actively participate, ask questions, and have an open mind this will be a very rewarding experience.  For all those students reading this, I have below a list of a few pieces of advice that will help make your job shadow a success:

  1. ASK QUESTIONS- Nothing is worse than that awkward silence, especially when you are at a job shadow. If the conversation stalls, make sure you ask thoughtful questions to get the conversation started again.  Obviously, there does not have to be a conversation going on at every minute of the shadow, but it is important to keep engaged and to be asking questions that show you are interested and want to learn more.  The questions do not have to overly complicated either, just something to get the ball rolling.
  2. REFRAIN FROM PHONE USE- Unless it is necessary or you are requested to use your phone, it can wait! It is disrespectful to the person you are shadowing, as it is their generous choice to let you come in and shadow.  Never take it out when you are in a conversation, or if you are in a group.  Instead, talk and engage.
  3. MEET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE- Always be open to meeting new people at the job shadow, and be sure to introduce yourself with a firm handshake. Also, if possible get business cards or other contact information from the people you meet; this expands your network and allows you to be able to contact this people later.
  4. HAVE FUN- These job shadows should be an enjoyable experience, and one that you look forward to doing. Always keep a smile on your face and be positive, no matter what happens.  Remember, nobody likes a grouch!

Thank you for taking the time to read about my experience at my job shadow program!  I hope it was both informative and interesting to read.  I hope you consider doing the job shadow program and if you have any further questions feel free to contact me!

– Adam at bailey.1251@buckeyemail.osu.edu

 

The Benefits of a Winter Internship for Accounting Students

Hello everyone! My name is Kyle Haynam, I am a third year accounting student at The Fisher College of Business. For the past 8 weeks, I have been an intern for EY working on the assurance service line. Yes, that means instead of going to class Monday-Friday, doing homework, or taking exams, I was dressing in business casual attire and gaining work experience during the busiest time of the year for public accounting firms. I am here to tell you how valuable this experience has been, and to suggest that every accounting student consider doing a winter internship at some point before they graduate.

As a winter intern, I always had something to do. The seniors on each of my engagements did a wonderful job of keeping me busy, but also giving me tasks that were essential to the audit. You are not expected to know everything about accounting, so you will be given tasks accordingly. What is important though is that you do everything to the best of your ability. The best way to have success is to take everything you are given with an open-mind, and to do everything with confidence.

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One of the coolest things about my internship was that I had the opportunity to travel. For the first half of the internship, I got a feel for what is was like to be out of town and stay in a hotel for most days of the week. As a result, I was able to bond with my colleagues on our out of town trips. I had always thought that I liked to travel, and I was able to confirm that belief.

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One of the greatest perks of a winter internship is the opportunity to make money! I have not mentioned it yet, but a trade-off of doing a winter internship is that you will be working longer hours than at other times during the year. But this means you have the chance to earn overtime pay. And I think we all know that overtime=more money in the bank. This is a trade-off I would take every time.

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A winter internship is only the beginning of what can be a very rewarding career in accounting. You receive exposure to the profession at the busiest time of the year, you work on tasks that are meaningful, you have the opportunity to travel and bond with your colleagues, and you get to do all of that while putting a few extra bucks in your pocket!! I wish you all the best!

Making the Most of Fall Break

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
William Penn

Fall Break is officially here and many of you are rejoicing at the fact that the last few weeks of midterms and final exams are finally behind you!

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Fall Break is a time to relax and rejuvenate, but it provides a nice break in your schedule to focus on your career development.  The Office of Career Management has a few ideas on how to use that precious time wisely …

 If you’re deciding on which specialization and/or career path to pursue, the halfway mark of the semester is a great time to reflect on your experiences so far!  Think about your classes, extracurricular activities, and your work experiences.  What do you like about them?  What skills are you developing?  How are you thriving in these situations?  What do you find challenging?   After reflecting on these experiences, take some time to review our Explore Careers PowerPoints to learn more about the Fisher specializations and see how your skill sets and interests align with the different career paths.

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If you have an idea of what type of career path you would like to pursue, Fall Break is a perfect opportunity to start networking.  Have you been putting off creating that LinkedIn profile?  Review our LinkedIn Checklist and get started this weekend!  Already have a LinkedIn profile?  Start connecting with family, friends, alumni, professors, staff, recruiters, and your classmates!  If you’re visiting with family or friends over break, take advantage of that time to conduct a few informational interviews to learn more about your inner circle’s career paths.  Find out how to coordinate these experiences by reviewing our Networking & Informational Interviewing Handout.  Also, take this opportunity to create your AlumniFire profile!  Alumnifire is a new online professional networking and mentoring tool for Ohio State alumni, students and staff to exchange industry expertise and career advice. There are already over 1000 Buckeye alumni active on this site and interested in helping you with your career development.

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As an upperclassmen, you might be in the process of interviewing and evaluating internship or full-time offers.  Take this break from the chaos of school and campus life to reflect on your priorities throughout this search.  Use our Evaluating and Negotiating Offers Handout to help you with this process.

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Lastly, the Office of Career Management will remain open throughout Fall Break from 8 am – 5 pm Thursday and Friday.  If you’re sticking around campus, feel free to schedule an appointment with us!

What Happens After the Fisher Fall Career Fair?

Congratulations on conquering the Career Fair! You have tackled the big day, but your road to finding a summer internship isn’t quite over yet.  Career Fair Pro, Jacqueline, provides advice on the next steps you should take following the Career Fair.

So the career fair is over and you’ve conquered the big day – what now?

Don’t forget to actually apply for different internships of companies you visited! Many companies will have given you handouts with the link to apply, or portals to apply can easily be found online or on the company website.

If you collected business cards or names of recruiters that you talked to at the career fair, be sure to send them individual, personalized emails – thanking them for their time, reflecting back to something you talked about, and reiterating your interests in the company. If you genuinely connected with a recruiter from a company you are interested in, ask if you can schedule some time on their calendar for a phone call to talk more about your interests in the company.

Prepare for interviews that might come your way! Glassdoor is a fantastic resource to read about others’ experience in interviewing with the same company. Valuable information can also be found on the company website, as they often map out what the recruiting process looks like as well as timelines in case you forgot to ask the recruiters at the career fair.

Start a spreadsheet to document your communication and applications with companies! Make note of the names of the people you spoke to at each company and throughout the recruiting process if you progress further. Keep note of your account and user names used for applications with each company.

Attend any follow-up events that you can! Companies will often collect your contact information when you speak with them at the career fair and host different recruiting or networking workshops, dinners, and other sorts of events on campus after the career fair for students interested in the company. Sometimes invitations or notifications of these emails go to spam or clutter, so be sure to check all email folders in the weeks following the career fair, and capitalize on any opportunity to network with companies that you are interested in!

But what if nothing comes of this career fair?

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get an internship directly out of the career fair! Every career fair can be used as a stepping stone, and there are countless ways to find internships that aren’t directly through the career fair.

Apply to companies that don’t recruit from Ohio State or post to Fisher Connect that you might be interested in! An incredible amount of companies recruit from Ohio State, but there are countless others that don’t come to the career fair! You can browse different companies’ websites to find information about how to apply for their internships.

Companies host events throughout the year that serve as ways for you to learn more about their company as well as opportunities for them to observe the way you work. Be sure to check Fisher Connect for such opportunities, as well as postings throughout Fisher, and emails from any Fisher-related organization.

Remember – there is always the spring career fair! Internships can be found at both the fall and the spring career fairs.

Best of luck!

The Career Fair has Finally Arrived!

The day is finally here, The Fisher Fall Career Fair!  As you get ready today, keep this advice from Career Fair Pro, Hannah, in mind!

After all the research and preparation, we are finally ready to embark on the glorious endeavor of employment. With that said, there are five things that you should prepare for and expect while at the Career Fair.

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  1. Professional Dress: Before you get to the career fair, ensure you’re wearing business professional from head to toe. For men, this includes dress shoes and socks as well as well-groomed hair and facial hair. For women, this includes comfortable closed toed professional shoes as well as groomed hair and nails. Be sure to invest in a black padfolio folder to carry your resumes and notebook for note taking. During my first career fair, I brought my resumes in a purple folder. Needless to say, I received many funny and discouraging looks.Blog Picture 2Blog Picture 3Blog Picture 4
  2. The Long Trek from Fisher to the Union: Before you can even approach a company booth, you need to make sure you are reflecting the best version of yourself. During the mile long trek from Fisher to the Union, there is plenty of time for your hair to fall out of place, your black suit to attract pollen, and for dreaded Buckeye back-sweat to appear. This year at the career fair, there will be a booth of “Career Fair Pros” on the Second Floor outside of the Ballroom. They are seniors who have been there and done that. They will be fully stocked with elevator pitch expertise, a mirror, lint rollers, and even breath mints. Make sure to swing by before you go to meet your destiny.
  3. People Everywhere: Nearly 2,000+ Buckeyes attend this Career Fair. This means that a lot is going on, as well as a lot of competition. Remember to use the OSU Career Fair Plus app to not get lost in the crowd. Even though many of your friends may also be there, make sure you aren’t approaching a booth in a group. It can be very overwhelming for a recruiter. Besides, the company is looking to hire you, not you and all of your friends. Lastly, the best way to stand out in a crowd is to wear your best smile!Blog Picture 5
  4. Waiting in Long Lines: Waiting in line is the best time to collect your bearings. Lines can last anywhere from 5 minutes to over a half an hour. While waiting in line, I recommend going over your elevator speech in your head to target it more to the company you are in line for. In addition, feel free to spark up conversation with people around you. As much as the line is a process to get to recruiters, it is also a social test to see how well you get along with others. Finally, be sure to listen into other student’s conversations with recruiters as you approach the end of the line. You may be able to catch some juicy insight that might better help your conversation.
  5. Introducing Yourself: The moment is finally here. You approach the recruiter, introduce yourself, deliver your elevator speech, and hit a home run! You soon realize that you forgot the recruiter’s name. I’ve unfortunately been in this situation multiple times before. I’m convinced my brain isn’t wired to remember names, and I have a feeling some of you are in the same boat. My advice would be to ask for a business card while you are delivering your resume. If they do not have a business card then that is when your handy dandy notebook in your padfolio comes to your aid! After leaving the booth, take some time to write down a few notes about your conversation on the back of the business card or in the notebook. This will help immensely when you go to write follow up emails.

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