Students Facing Special Cirumstances

This supplemental information to the Student Guide to Employment was developed to address common and occasional situations faced by certain groups of individuals.   Individuals facing situations not covered here are encouraged to make an advising appointment with Engineering Career Services.

Military Veterans – In general, veterans have an advantage in the competition for employment, but some vets find it a challenge. The information linked below was prepared by ISU Career Services in collaboration with the ISU Veterans Center.
Supplemental Information for Veterans Seeking Employment

Individuals with Disabilities – A disability may have no affect on job performance or may be offset by strengths in other areas.  It is important to know when (if ever) and how to discuss a disability with a potential employer.  Engineering Career Services prepared the information linked below to address some of the special issues that students and alumni with disabilities face in the search for employment.
Supplemental Information for Students and Alumni with Disabilities Seeking Employment

Guidance on Protecting or Disclosing Personal or Sensitive Information – This material was developed to help individuals who have questions about sharing information with prospective employers that is  personal or sensitive, such as a medical condition, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, political association, association with an organization that some view as controversial, etc.
Protecting or Disclosing Personal or Sensitive Information

International Students – Finding employment can sometimes be challenging since the employment practices followed in the U.S. may be different from those followed in other countries, and some employers choose not to hire international students.  However, many international students do secure employment and prospects continue to improve. The document linked below was prepared by Engineering Career Services to guide international students interested in co-ops, internships and full-time employment in the U.S. The second link is to an external site that provides a list of employers that have hired international students on an H1-B visa in the recent past.
Supplemental Information for International Students Seeking EmploymentList of H-1B Employers

Individuals Applying to Government Positions – In addition to the information and tips provided in Step 5 of the Student Guide to Employment, there are further factors to consider when applying for government positions.
Information on Applying to Government Positions

Students with Low GPAs -Overcoming a low GPA while searching for employment is possible. View our advice for students with low GPAs.

Students with No Professional Work Experience – If you are seeking a full-time position but do not have any professional work experience, there are multiple strategies you can use to connect with employers and market your skills set. View our advice for students with no professional work experience.