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Engineering Career Resource Center pres.

Career Chats with a CoE Alum

The ECRC is pleased to host College of Engineering Alum John Palmer for virtual Career Chats on October 13 and 15. John will conduct virtual Career Chats by appointment only, in order to allow students an opportunity to ask career-related questions and gain career advice from an experienced CoE Alum.

While any career-related topic can be discussed, some of the typical topics include:
• Job application and/or interview strategies
• Non-technical skills and behaviors that employers seek
• Soft skill development
• Preparedness for behavioral type interviews
• Working overseas or unique family circumstances relative to employment
• General Career advice
• Any other career / professional related topics are also okay

To schedule a Career Chat appointment, please see Job #70616 (Job Title: Career Chats with a CoE Alum) in Engineering Careers.

John Palmer’s Bio:
John Palmer is a 1987 Chemical Engineering graduate of the University of Michigan. John worked in several roles throughout his 30 year career at Shell Oil Company, including two years as a recruiter for Shell at the University of Michigan. John began his career as a Control Systems engineer in a refinery in Houston. He then moved into team-lead positions related to control systems and electrical engineering supporting both Operations and Projects. During his career he also held a position in Human Resources, where he helped to run the internal company job-resourcing process by which engineers were allocated to their next assignment, advised engineering staff regarding career and location choices, resourced critical engineering vacancies globally, and helped establish corporate-wide engineering recruiting targets. His final assignments were as an Engineering Manager supporting major projects, which included responsibility for delivery from many different engineering disciplines (control systems, electrical, civil, structural, mechanical, materials, rotating equipment, flow assurance and process). John has worked/lived in the US, Mexico, Canada, The Netherlands and Norway, and has worked temporarily in 10 additional countries. John retired in 2018, and is excited to share his expertise with other Michigan Engineers. This event is open to all interested students in the College of Engineering.

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