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!”

Tip Tuesday: Halloween

Written by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Career Services and Education, Audrey Bledsoe

It’s the end of October and that means…HALLOWEEN!!  You may have many scary things on your mind…goblins, ghouls, ghosts, monsters under the bed, and…your job search?  Far too often we hear students describe feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and even fear when it comes to their job or internship search.  Especially this time of year, when it feels like you are surrounded by students interviewing and getting offers.  Our advice is: don’t be scared, be confident!   Realize that there are a ton of other great opportunities out there, and one of them will be the right fit for you!

In addition—have you ever heard of “imposter phenomenon?”  Wikipedia defines it as a person’s “inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’…Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.”  This is a real thing!  In a college setting, students often feel like their peers are more successful than they are, therefore making them feel like they don’t belong and that they do not deserve the success they have achieved.  Some common signs of imposter phenomenon include:

  • Perfectionism
  • Overworking
  • Undermining your achievements
  • Fear of failure
  • Discounting praise

If you are reading this and saying to yourself, “wow, this sounds like me,” take action!  Seek out some of Ohio State’s resources for students to help you navigate the stresses of college life.

The Career Counseling and Support Services (CCSS) office is here to help.  Located in the Younkin Success Center on the 2nd floor, CCSS offers several ways to support students going through a difficult time finding an internship or full-time job.

In addition to helping with career and major exploration and elements of the job search campaign, such as resumes and interviewing, CCSS sees many students that are facing challenges as they seek career clarity.

As you explore your career path, you may experience fear or self-doubt about your ability to achieve your career goals.

  • Anxiety may be clouding your path and keeping you from taking the next steps in pursing the career you want.
  • You may lack confidence in your ability to develop the resume and interview skills needed to land the jobs you are most interested in or worried your skills don’t match your goals
  • You might be faced with the grief, fear, and rejection that often accompany letting go of previous career goals.
  • Your multiple interests, abundance of ideas or diverse skill set may make it difficult to organize your thoughts.
  • It can be a struggle as you compare yourself to your peers and navigate external pressures from familial expectations.
  • You may face challenging situations related to diversity, prejudice and/or discrimination.

If any of the above sounds like something you may be struggling with, CCSS can help.

  • They help students every day as they cope with and process these personal issues related to their career path.
  • They can help you develop and understand your own career story and find valuable ways to express your own identity/life purpose and boost your self-efficacy to find and land the jobs you are looking for.
  • CCSS provides a place for you to be vulnerable as you explore your fears and doubts and learn to respond to failure, the unknown and other challenges in constructive and positive ways.

Sound like something you are going through?  Check out the CCSS website here for a full list of services: http://ccss.osu.edu/

You can also follow CCSS on Facebook or Twitter.

Career counselors/consultants are available by appointment or during walk-in hours.  To schedule an appointment with CCSS, call (614) 688-3898.  Appointment hours are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Walk-in hours are, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-3:00, Wednesday and Friday 9:00-11:00.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impostor_syndrome

http://ccss.osu.edu/undergraduates/is-career-counseling-for-you/

 

2017 OSU Graduate and Professional School Fair

This event is open to current Ohio State undergraduate students.

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Rooms 1, 2 & 3

Refreshments provided.

All Ohio State students are invited to come and learn:

  • Why you should apply to Ohio State for graduate or professional school?
  • What’s involved in applying?
  • What undergraduate courses and programs can help you prepare?

Admissions representatives from more than 20 Ohio State graduate and professional schools, pre-law and pre-health academic advisors and ASC Career Services will be available to answer your questions.

2017 Attendees

  • Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research Program
  • Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences Career Services
  • College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Law and Pre-Health Advisors
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Social Work
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Department of Educational Studies
  • Fisher College of Business
  • Graduate-level Teacher Licensure Programs
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs Program
  • John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • Knowlton School of Architecture
  • Moritz College of Law
  • Pharmacology Program
  • School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Student Financial Aid

For additional information, please contact: Ann Rottersman at rottersman.1@osu.edu.