Cisco’s Intern Events

One of the perks of being an intern includes company provided events. Cisco has not disappointed me with their fun incentives. On our last day of training, we were rewarded with two hours of laser tag at Hard Knocks and concluded with dinner. Interns and those in the finance rotational program were invited as a way to form friendships outside the office and take a load off the office pressures. I did not get home that night until almost ten, but it was worth it because I got to know the people I worked with while doing something fun.

A week after, all finance employees were able to attend a Durham Bull’s baseball game. The game was at one in the afternoon on a Wednesday, so we all left after lunch to head to the game. After about an hour of watching the baseball, we moved to seek shade, because the sun was bearing down on us in ninety degree heat. I ended up talking to the first year employees and managers in the finance rotational program. After another hour we all went home; I was quite relieved to get home early compared to when I work in the office.

Last week we had two events back to back. One afternoon we had a bowling event after lunch that included finance interns, employees in the finance rotational program, and our managers. This event included arcade games, bowling, food and raffles. Sadly I did not win any prizes, but I did get to network with managers of the rotational program that I could potentially work for full time. This event allowed me to be on a team with a VP of Finance, who is the finance leader at the RTP location. I emailed him a few days after the event, saying it was nice to meet him and that I would like to hear more about his position in Treasury. We have a meeting this week to talk more!

The next morning we had a volunteer event at a day care and spent time with special needs and typical peer children. After playing with the kids for a few hours, the interns and some of the people in the finance rotational program went to lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. Then we headed back to work. That afternoon I attended another event in a large conference room with games, snacks and drinks, which included all of the finance department employees. I ended up winning a gift card for having the fastest time in one of the games.

Throughout the internship there are a lot of Speaker Series, along with Lunch and Learns. Some weeks there are as many as three events showcasing important speakers. Being in a technology company, many of these meetings are over WebEx, Cisco’s telepresence platform that is similar to Skype. These talks are usually with Vice Presidents, but sometimes they can be with people higher up. Last week, finance interns in my location had a meeting over WebEx with the CFO, Kelly Kramer. This week Chuck Robbins, the CEO, will speak to all interns and answer questions. These sessions are a great way to learn more about the company leaders and form connections with executives.

Cisco is open to suggestions, as well. I pitched an event to my program manager, and will soon be putting on an event of my own in three weeks!

The Art of the Networking Coffee Chat

Everyone knows the old saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know that counts.” Networking is certainly an important skill in the business world, and my internship this summer at Cardinal Health has helped me tremendously in building that skill.

The culture at Cardinal Health is very supportive of networking within the company. Everyone that I have encountered so far is more than willing to share about their role in the company, their career path, and any helpful insights they may have. As an intern, you have a “free pass” to learn as much as you can about other functions within the company.

I quickly discovered the concept of the “coffee chat,” a quick, usually 30-minute, meeting with someone who has a background or role you would like to learn more about. And of course, the chats are normally held in the comfortable chairs around the Cardinal Health coffee shop, Crimson Cup.

Throughout my internship thus far, I have scheduled coffee chats with other employees from a variety of sources. I attended Cardinal’s Finance Open House, which is like a career fair for internal employees. Here I spoke with someone in the tax department, who gave me the name of a director I could chat with to learn more about opportunities in tax.

My intern mentor has also helped connect me with a few networking contacts. Having expressed interest in a finance role, he directed me to a manager in Financial Planning and Analysis who gave me valuable insight into his day-to-day role. While chatting with the FP&A manager, he connected me with another employee who provided more information about full-time employment opportunities and the hiring process at Cardinal Health. The networking chain continues!

Whether you are in an internship role, a student, or just reaching out to family and friends, never be afraid to utilize your network. Even a 30-minute chat over coffee can be a great learning experience and lead to potential opportunities in the future.

5 Pieces of Advice to Use in 5 Days!

Written by Career Events Intern, Courtney Russell

Fisher Fall Career Fair

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

  1. Don’t forget to bring your BuckID! You will need this to swipe in at the fair.
  2. Bring dollar bills- especially if you are coming straight from class you will want to coat check your backpack for $1. Seriously though, suit + giant backpack do not look good.
  3. Your phone – don’t text while talking to employers, but DO download the OSU Career Fair Plus mobile app to access Company Major Charts and the Career Fair Map! …Trust me, there are over 175 tables, and 3 completely filled ballrooms, this will be a life saver.
  4. Resumes – emphasis on the S. Even if you only research and plan on talking to a few companies, be prepared for anything.
  5. Lastly, put your resumes in a professional padfolio. If you didn’t graduate from FCP as a freshman and are still in need, Ohio State’s bookstores have them as well! http://goo.gl/AnepWM

10 Tips and 10 Days until the Career Fair!

Written by Career Events Intern, Courtney Russell

Fisher Fall Career Fair

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

  1. Double Check! Pull your suit out and check to make sure it’s in great shape. Did you just buy a new suit? Please, please, please remove the threaded “X’s” from your suit jacket or skirt in the back and cut open the pockets on pants or a jacket if they are sewn shut. Check out this YouTube link before you ruin your new suit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeHlSbJ2b04
  2. Do bring positive energy! Don’t act tired or like you don’t want to be there. You may have just raced over from your very boring two hour lecture and it’s extremely hot outside, but don’t let that show.
  3. When you talk about your work experiences, describe your accomplishments rather than your duties.
  4. REMEMBER NAMES! Nothing is worse than going in for an NDI (Next Day Interview, for those who don’t work in the best office ever…cough cough… Office of Career Management…cough cough), being asked whom you met with yesterday, and having absolutely no clue except that you think he was wearing a red tie. Pay attention to their name tag, ask for a business card, use their name while you are talking, and jot it down in your padfolio once you leave their table.
  5. Always ask for a business card at the end of your conversation, the best way to contact them, or what the next step would be. I have an app called “SamCard” which is a business card reader. I just take a quick picture of the card and it automatically uploads their information to your phone’s address book.
  6. Don’t interrupt a conversation. If an employer sees that you have no problem being rude to a fellow Buckeye, they definitely don’t want you being rude in their office.
  7. Don’t spend time with companies if you have no interest in working there. Yes, their free pens look super temping, but it’s not worth your time when someone else may be impressing the company you’ve always wanted to work for while you hunt down the place with the cool magnets.
  8. Don’t be intimidated; THEY aren’t going to walk up to the nervous looking students an awkward distance away from the table and introduce themselves, that’s YOUR job (they already have one)!
  9. Don’t use a loose fish grip as a handshake. Nothing says I have no idea what I’m doing like a terrible handshake. Make sure to practice before hand if you’re worried about this part. Also, make sure to make great eye contact. Walk up with confidence and make a killer first impression!
  10. GET EXCITED! Follow @FisherCareerMgt for last minute information about the fair!

15 Tips because it’s 15 Days Until the Career Fair

Written by Career Events Intern, Courtney Russell

Fisher Fall Career Fair

Wednesday, September 9th 2015 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

  1. Check your email! I hope you ordered a Fisher name tag from https://fisher.osu.edu/store/item.php?item_id=78, keep checking your email to see when you can pick them up in the Office of Career Management located in 150 Gerlach Hall.
  2. Attend an Internship and Job Fair prep workshop! Keep a look out for them on your OSU email account.
  3. Research, research, research… Approaching a table saying, “Hmmm what does this company do?” is probably not a great way to start off a conversation. Knowing the company shows you have initiative, are prepared and well organized.
  4. While doing your research make sure to set goals first. Write a list of personal and professional goals you wish to achieve and see how each company’s available positions and culture would fit with what you want to accomplish.
  5. Get your “1 minute commercial” ready for every employer. It’s a summary of your resume, the answer to the typical “Tell me about yourself” question and is an easy way to get any conversation going.
  6. Ask open ended questions about the company that aren’t simple “Do you have positions for accounting students” or the like just shows that you didn’t care enough to simply visit their website.
  7. Don’t be that kid standing in the middle of a very crowded aisle looking at his phone researching the company for the very first time. Study the information before the fair so you are confident when approaching an employer. Be ready with a few questions to demonstrate your knowledge and interest in the company.
  8. Make the Office of Career Management your new best friend. Schedule a QUIC interview now so that you are QUIC certified before the Career Fair.
  9. Check out what else the Office of Career Management can help you with like resume critiquing and meetings with career consultants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZnu_RSbWw0#t=73
  10. Don’t have time to visit our office? Then look at this website to see cover letters, resumes, thank you letters and other written guides to effective and professional correspondence. http://fisher.osu.edu/offices/career-management/student-resources/undergraduate/job-search-handouts/
  11. Get connected. Update your LinkedIn for (hopefully) lots of employers to see. Remember your LinkedIn page doesn’t have to match your typical 1 page resume. Don’t be afraid to list more details than you normally would on a paper resume.
  12. Log onto FisherConnect and submit your most recent resume before September 9th!
  13. Download the OSU Career Fair+ app to research companies that will be attending the event!
  14. Don’t forget the little things! If you can’t iron your suit or you show up with wet hair it looks like you don’t have time for yourself, yet alone the company. Over 2,000 students will be showing up to this career fair, these companies have a lot to choose from- don’t make wrinkled ties or a short skirt keep you from getting an interview. And remember SMILE!
  15. Did you know that companies registered and PAID for this career fair back in June? It’s a free opportunity for Fisher students and companies know that it’s an amazing place to recruit. Be confident and take pride that you are a Buckeye!