General Meeting and Career Fair Prep

Hey everyone,

This past Wednesday we had our second general meeting of the semester. We had a fantastic turn out! So, thank you everyone for coming! First, Kodi gave an introductory presentation about all of our announcements. Here is a quick overview.

The Stilettos to Steeltoes essay competition is now open! Check out the previous post for details. We will be having an essay social on October 11th in room 224 in the library.

October 6th, we will be pressing cider with one of our advisers, Gretchen Hein. This is a great way to celebrate this wonderful fall weather we’re having. We will keep you posted on details.

Today is the last day to vote for Homecoming King and Queen so get online and vote for Kodi Padilla and support SWE!

Our next meeting will actually be next week! We are having some representatives from Career Fair talk with us about what they are looking for. We do this every year, and it is very helpful. The company representatives love sharing all their past experiences with career fairs. This is a very rare opportunity to be able to speak casually with the company representatives and find out what they’re really looking for. So come out next Wednesday (October 3rd) at 6pm in Chem-Sci 101!

Julie Way’s presentation was amazing as usual. Career Services has expanded drastically and is offering more and more resources to help us prepare for Career Fair. So, make sure you are always checking their website http://www.career.mtu.edu. Some pointers Julie had for everyone when approaching reps at the career fair included be confident, make eye contact, have a 60 sec overview of yourself memorized, ask questions, research the company, and most importantly, smile! Another topic Julie focused on was dress code. Please don’t wear your homecoming/prom dresses! Wear a suit! You look most professional this way and the representative won’t be focusing on your outfit, but rather your resume.Thank you Julie for all the great advice!

If you weren’t able to make it to the meeting, the Career Services website that I provided earlier has links to pretty much everything she talked about. There are example resumes, 60 second speeches, and dress code pointers.

Good luck at the Career Fair everyone, I hope these pointers were helpful!

Don’t forget the Career Fair Panel Discussion next week at 6pm!

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Career Fair Prep

The Fall Career Fair is coming up fast this year. It will be held October 2nd, which is only a little more than a week away! So to help everyone prepare a little more, Julie Way from Career Services will be giving a presentation at our next general meeting. Julie has come every year to help us prepare for the Career Fair and she always has great ideas to help you get the job or internship you’re looking for. She has great tips on what to wear, how to narrow down your company search, communicate with company representatives, and nail your interview.
So come out this Wednesday September 26th at 6pm in Chem Sci 101. It will be a great time to prepare for Career Fair!
Don’t forget! The night before Career Fair SWE is hosting Evening with Industry where you can talk with recruiters before Career Fair even begins! So don’t forget to stop by the SWE office in the MUB to get your tickets.

Stilettos to Steel Toes

Unstrap your stilettos and lace up the boots because it’s time to write about why you chose a non-traditional career.  Our section of SWE will be participating in an essay writing competition sponsored by Schlumberger!  With your help our section can win money to support local activities.

There will be a kick off meeting tonight (Thursday, September 13th) from 6:00pm  to 6:30pm in Chem Sci.  A representative from Schlumberger will be on campus to discuss the Stilettos to Steel Toes essay competition.  They will be going over the details of what the topic is this year, how to submit, rules, etc.  You may be wondering how long of an essay do I need to write?  Well no worries.  The word count for this essay competition is between 100 and 350 words.  What’s even better?  If you write a really good essay and Schlumberger likes it a lot, you could win an individual cash prize if you are 1st, 2nd, or 3rd!

Dinner will be provided for all members attending the event.

Sadly, only Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors can submit essays, but all members are welcome to attend! If for any reason, you cannot attend, you can find information regarding the competition here.

Get your pencils and pens out! The theme this year is “Where will your shoes take you?”.  It’s time to write some short essays on why you choose a non-traditional career path.  Happy Writing.

Ice Cream Social

The first general meeting for Michigan Tech SWE took place tonight.  As tradition holds, an ice cream social was held.  In the past old returning members would eat ice cream, learn about what SWE has to offer members, as well as time to socialize and get to know each other.  This year it was vamped up with a combination of ice cream social and stories from company representatives on what life is like after you graduate college and start your career.

First general meeting of the year was a success! Look at what a great turn out we had!!!

Two company representatives came from Caterpillar and spoke about their time at Tech and what life has been like since graduation.  Some words of advice from the CAT representatives include saving your text books used for your major and not to be afraid of trying something new.  Don’t let fear hold you back either.  In most jobs, you will be trained / taught what to do.  Take the first step in talking to companies and finding out if you might be a good fit.  You never know where who could end up working for.

Thanks goes out to Nucor for supplying the ice cream and toppings for the social!  Four company representatives and three summer interns from Nucor were at the meeting.  Nucor representatives talked about what it is like to work at Nucor and the types of jobs that are available at Nucor.  Each representative spoke about their experience at Nucor and why they enjoy going to work each day.  Each representative stressed the importance of safety.  If you do not feel safe about doing something or feel that something is unsafe all you have to do is speak up.  If you feel there is something that could reduce the risk of an injury or make a job easier you are encouraged to spear head the design and implementation of a solution.  The three interns also spoke about their experience over the summer at Nucor and the variety of hands on projects they decided to dive into.

Thanks again to the representatives from Nucor and Caterpillar for making the journey up to Michigan Tech and taking time to come to our SWE meeting.  And another thanks to Nucor for the ice cream.  It was delicious!

Our next general meeting is Wednesday, September 26th.  It is Career Fair Prep, so come prepared with questions and be ready to have them answered!  The meeting will be held in Chem Sci 101 at 6pm.