Category Archives: Professional Development

Job Searching with Disabilities

Job searching is especially fraught if you fall into a protected class. People who are disabled (or differently-abled) must, on top of an already difficult process, contend with discrimination, a system where resources are not easy to come by, and rampant misinformation about what is legal and what isn’t. Find a few resources for job searching below:

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Job Interview Questions

Ah, the job interview. You’ve put on your best suit, your best smile, and answered all of their questions with poise. But when the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” all of the sudden, your mind goes blank. A surprising number of candidates don’t have questions, or simply use the time to try to further pitch themselves for the job. This is crazy—after all, this is a job that you’re considering spending 40 or more hours at a week. You should have questions! At The Cut, they have listed out some questions that you might find valuable in deciding if the job is right for you–after all, you’re interviewing them right back! Find them here.

Tinker Toys

As a busy engineering student, you probably don’t have all the time in the world to take on side projects–even though these types of projects can help you better grasp material and help you find your passion in the field (not to mention put you ahead of some other students in internship applications). Click through to find some small side projects you can tinker with in your dorm in your spare time, courtesy of Make: magazine. Even better, see if you can’t improve on some of the designs!

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Humanitarian Hackathon for Gaza

This summer, students and engineers collaborated across the globe to come up with solutions to some pressing problems. Thanks to A/V portals called Shared Studios, undergrads, grad students, and healthcare workers from Johns Hopkins University, American University in Beirut, and Boston University were able to collaborate as if they were in the same room. Over an intense four-day hackathon, they came up with advanced healthcare innovations for war-torn environments. Read more here.

This is Terrible Advice

The Internet abounds with terrible job advice. A lot of it is well-meaning but outdated, while other advice exploits job seekers into paying for services. Some of it filters down to people we trust, who repeat it. College career offices, for example, often employ advisers from academia who have limited industry experience. Read on to learn how to spot bad advice and run the other way.

Here is some bad advice that often comes from career services offices. Read it here.

Another terrible maxim that’s been bandied about for years to unsuspecting kids is “find your passion and follow it.” Here’s why that doesn’t work.

Bonus: Here is terrible advice from your parents that you should disregard. (Hint: If the words “pound the pavement” and “gumption” are part of their vocabulary, their advice is probably outdated!) Read it here. And here. And here. And here. Aaaand here.