My Weekend Trips in Cali (Part 1)

California is a huge state, so there’s so much to explore! If you consider yourself an outdoorsy person, there’s no lack of things to do in nature here. I’ve gone on a few weekend trips that I’d love to share. After a week in the office, I think getting outdoors is the best way to refuel and reenergize the mind and body. Hope you enjoy!

Big Basin Redwoods State Park + Castle Rock State Park

These state parks are about an hour south of San Jose, so it makes for the perfect day trip. The redwoods are a must see. Fun fact, the redwoods are the tallest trees in the world and can grow to be over 300 feet tall. With over 80 miles of trails, there’s no shortage of exploration. I got on the Sequoia trail, which was about 5 miles long, and took a slight detour to see a waterfall. I kept my eyes peeled for the infamous banana slug the entire time, but unfortunately did not successfully locate one. I did catch a few of the native stellar’s jays, which had a beautiful shimmering, almost holographic coloring.



Castle Rock State Park was my second destination on this trip. I found a great trail that climbed to sensational views of the basin below. I found a cliff to rest on at the top and to take all of the views in while in solitude.

Big Sur+Santa Cruz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Sur is another natural area of California. One of my roommates and I made the two hour trip south, driving on Route 1 most of the time. From seeing people driving this route in movies, blasting music and appreciating the coastal views of this scenic drive felt surreal. It felt like I was in my own movie! We stopped several times to take in the views along the way, and eventually made it to McWay Falls, where we took in the beauty, and hiked around down to the bluffs near the shoreline. I’m a little bit of an adrenaline junky, so I had a blast free climbing different rock formations and getting close to the edge, watching the waves crash below me.

 

That night, we drove to Hollister, CA to spend the night in an AirBnB. Yes, contrary to popular beliefs, Hollister, CA is actually a place, not just a teen clothing store. It was surprisingly a small, quiet town, but our accommodation was outstanding. We stayed on a rescue farm in an ex-veterinarians office, where the exam rooms were converted to bedrooms (talk about an interesting place to stay the night). In the morning, the owner gave us a tour of the farm and their rescue animals, from horses to ostriches, they were so passionate about helping animals in need. If you’re ever in Hollister, or even California in general, I would highly recommend this experience! Check it out:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15785829

In the morning, we headed out to Santa Cruz, CA, where we spent time exploring the town. Two highlights were going to an ice cream shop that had roasted marshmallow topping for the ice cream, and going to the bookstore in the town, where I bought a book I’ve had on my reading list forever, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. So far, I’d highly recommend it.

 

 

And that’s a wrap! Notice how this is only part 1, well part 2 will be out soon, and may or may not include Lake Tahoe, Half Moon Bay, and Wine Country.

Cheers,

Alli

 

Perks @ Work!

There are a plethora of “extras” I receive by interning with Cisco. Let’s talk about them!

The Goodies:

On my first day at orientation, all interns were gifted with an embroidered Cisco backpack. This backpack has been extremely useful this summer from carrying my laptop to going on hikes with it. We also received a speaker as well, which is great to have by the pool on weekends or in my room after work. I’ve already accumulated a few t shirts from participating in events, and look forward to adding more to my closet.

 

Team Meals: Usually a few times a week, I get free lunches or dinner. Sometimes it’s Chipotle catered in for the team for a training we’re having, or sometimes it’s a celebratory meal and drink at the local sports bar after my manager and coworkers have worked a long day. Whichever it is, it’s free, and I’ll certainly never turn that down! Pictured is during our first week, when my manager held a luncheon for the interns to get introduced to the rest of the Advanced Services team.

Intern Activities: Cisco has planned lots of events just for interns. From speaker series, to internal job fairs, to an intern outing at Dave and Buster’s, there’s no excuse to not feel completely at home in Cisco.

Snapchat Takeover: Speaking of Dave and Buster’s, I actually had the chance to take over Cisco’s Snapchat and record this outing. It was a great opportunity for me to use my passion for social media in a way that benefited Cisco as a whole. Plus, it was super fun! Stay up to date with interns this summer and add WeAreCisco on Snapchat by scanning the image below:

Getting Tired?: It’s ok, me too! Working can sometimes be exhausting, and that’s when I head to the first floor of my building to relax in the massage chairs. They are extremely comfy and make for the perfect brief “getaway” if I need a short rest.

Flexibility: Cisco prides itself on its work life balance and our technological capabilities to let anyone work from anywhere. This has been extremely convenient for me when I’ve had 7:00am conference calls, because I can just take it from my apartment. I’ve also taken advantage of this by working from Cisco’s Meraki Office (one of our subsidiaries) in San Francisco for the day to to be able to attend a conference in the city in the evening.

Perks at Work (literally): Cisco has a website with this exact name, that is solely dedicated to bringing deals and discounts to the employees. They have car rental discounts, hotel deals, and (my favorite) reduced price movie tickets. I’ve enjoyed watching the Star Wars movie “Solo”, Jurassic World, and Incredibles this summer.

Do you want to work at Cisco yet? Follow this link to see open positions:

https://jobs.cisco.com

Best,

Alli

Winter Break is Coming

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Jennifer Burns

Congrats! You’ve finished all of your exams, you’re officially done with Fall semester, and you’re about to head home for a month of not thinking about school.

At first you’re probably relishing in all the time you have to do nothing but sleep in, see friends and family, and eat as many Christmas cookies as you want without worrying about any homework, exams, or papers.

But then reality hits, and you realize that you still have two more weeks of winter break and nothing left to do.

So what can you do to pass the time? Take advantage of your time off with some of the ideas below:

  • Winter break is the perfect time to set up a job shadow or informational interview with someone in your home town. You have lots free time during the work week and this is a great way to learn more about a specific company, role, or career path you are interested in. Use your personal network, LinkedIn, or AlumniFire to connect with professionals near you.
  • Haven’t become QUIC yet? There are a lot of QUIC interview openings available right now on FisherConnect and you can get a head start on prepping for your interview. The QUIC interview is a great way to practice your interviewing skills and get 1-on-1 feedback from a Career Consultant. Make sure you’ve made a profile on FisherConnect and have completed the QUIC modules before signing up!
  • Take advantage of those awesome after-Christmas sales and purchase a suit. That way you’re ready the next time you need to be in business professional attire for an interview! (bonus tip: you will need to wear a suit for you QUIC interview too!)
  • Still looking for an internship or full-time opportunity? Start prepping for the Career Fair coming up on February, 6th by downloading the OSU CareerFairPlus app, doing some preliminary company research, working on your elevator pitch, and making sure your resume is up to date. Starting preparation for the Career Fair early will help keep stress to a minimum when you are well into your spring semester classes and getting ready to attend the fair.
  • Did you recently receive or accept an internship or full-time offer? Upload it to FCDC (Fisher Career Data Central) and look at the salary data to compare your offer to what your peers have been offered.
  • Trying to make a decision between multiple job offers you have received? Review the evaluating and negotiating job offers resource available on the OCM webpage, or make an appointment with a Career Consultant to discuss what you are thinking. (bonus tip: there are appointments with Career Consultants available to you over the break, either in person or over the phone!)

Enjoy your time away from school, relax, and spend lots of time with family and friends. But don’t forget to take advantage of all your time off!

Tip Tuesday: Peer Career Coach Walk-Ins Available

Have you updated your resume with your summer job or your new involvement on campus?  Never written a cover letter before, but want someone to review your rough draft?  Developing your LinkedIn profile? 

Meet with our Peer Career Coaches!  They only see students on a walk-in basis, so drop by 150 Gerlach Hall in between your classes!  Learn more about our coaches and find their availability here.

Make the Most of your Fall Break!

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Jennifer Burns

By this point in the semester you are probably feeling pretty bogged down with midterms, papers, and projects and are really ready for a break. Lucky for you, fall break is almost here!

Fall break is a nice chance to relax and get your mind off of school, but here are some tips and tricks for taking advantage of your time off:

  • Interested in learning more about a specific role or company? Set up a job shadow opportunity to learn more about the company or role you are interested in. Using your personal network or LinkedIn is a great way to connect with someone to shadow!
  • Want to learn more about a specific career field or path? Conduct an informational interview with someone working in that field to learn more about what they do or the path they took to get there. A great way to connect with professionals willing to help out is to make an AlumniFire profile, a networking community specifically for Ohio State students and alumni!
  • Have an interview coming up? Make sure your resume is up to date, refresh your memory on typical interview questions, and brush off your STAR technique skills for behavioral questions so you’re not cramming the night before (interviewing tips can be found here & here).

  • Wondering what all the hype over LinkedIn is? Make a professional profile if you haven’t had the chance yet, expand your network by reaching out and connecting with more people, or update your profile with that cool summer internship you had.
  • Still not sure what “business professional attire” means? Check out this guide and head over to Polaris or Easton to get a professional suit so you’re prepared for that next interview (tip: JCPenney and Macy’s are great places to check out!)
  • Recently received or accepted a full-time or internship offer? Upload it to FCDC (Fisher Career Data Central) and check out salary data to compare your offer to what your peers have been offered.

Make sure to relax and enjoy your fall break, but don’t forget to take advantage of your time off!