Career Exploration

 

Career Coaching Appointments

Thirty-minute career coaching sessions are for any topic related to major and career exploration, job and internship searches, and graduate school processes. Career coaching meetings are facilitated by professional staff and focus on identifying short-term action steps that fit best with the individual's career needs.

To schedule an individual career coaching appointment please call: 740-593-2909

Job Search Strategy

Identify your ideal job function, industry, type of company and location. Not only is this experience important to help you identify and improve your skills, it also helps you shape and to solidify your career goals. Whether you gain experience through an internship in your field, a campus job or a student organization, you will be developing transferable skills that you can market to future employers. Whatever you do—do something!  If you need help deciding between the many options available to you, stop by for a drop-in session or schedule a 30 minute appointment with one of our career coaches.

 

Informational Interviewing

Informational Interviewing is an excellent first step in finding out more about a career path that is of interest to you. It is important to spend time thinking about what you would like to ask someone who is currently in the career you are considering. Your questions should be thoughtful and should leave room for the other person to contribute information they think is relevant. Informational Interviewing can be done with just about anyone—a family friend, former physician, parent's lawyer—or any other member of your network.
For more information about networking and informational interviews check out our Networking page.

 

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is a great way to see what "a day in the life" is like for someone in a particular career field. It can help you narrow down your interests, decide for or against a potential career option, and perhaps even open the door for an internship. The key is to reach out and ask. Make sure you give enough time to plan before the shadowing experience.

 

On Campus/Part-time Jobs

Part-time jobs are a common way to build transferable skills during college.  Holding a part-time job shows that you can manage your time between work and school (and for many of you, student organizations, too!)  A variety of jobs exist, both on and off campus.  For more information about on-campus jobs, visit the Ohio University's Human Resource page.

 

Internships

For many employers, internships have become crucial in deciding which new graduates they will hire for entry-level positions. Their reasoning is simple. You have done more than just learn about what a company does, you have actually worked for the organization and can give real, practical examples of putting your skills to use in your specific field of interest.

 

Get Involved

The number one thing employers look for is leadership skills. Involvement on campus builds leadership and independence and often involves community service. These experiences help make you a well-rounded student and competitive job candidate. For more information on getting involved, check out these links.

 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT COURSES

Earn academic credit while preparing for your future with a career course taught by the CLDC. Our staff teach a variety of career courses that meet students' needs at all phases of the career development process. Instructors work with students to explore career options, apply self-knowledge to make career-related decisions, and discover tools to research opportunities that fit students’ interests and goals. Each course integrates a variety of reflective exercises and exploratory assignments ranging from building a top-knotch LinkedIn page, to writing a stellar resume, or sharpening skills in a mock interview. 

To learn about each course’s dates, locations, and entry requirements, visit the Registrar’s Course Offerings website: http://webapps.ohio.edu/classes 

CAS 1130: Career Planning in the Liberal Arts (Fall Semester)

Career development involves more than just choosing a major or occupation! Development consists of assessing interests, skills, values, motivations, understanding the necessary skills needed to succeed in the world of work. Students in this class will  have the opportunity to develop a professional portfolio using LinkedIn, craft a customized resume and cover letter, research majors and careers related to various majors, and participate in the True Colors Personal Success Workshop to learn about personality preferences. This class is a great fit for first year students or any student interested in exploring where major and career paths lead.

COMS 2040: Principles and Techniques of Interviewing (Fall and Spring Semester)

Gain extensive experience persuading, giving and getting information, and preparing for job interviews. Students will explore communication situations and strategies encountered in organizational and professional environments. This highly interactive class features interviews practice through role-playing and real-life interviews in and out of class. This course is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

RFPD 3890: Professional Career Search Strategies (Fall Semester)

This class furthers the professional development of students in the Retail Merchandising & Fashion Product Development major program. Focus with respect to career development in preparation for future work experiences and employment through resume and cover letter writing, development of interview skills, job search strategies, professional writing, discussion of current key topics within the Retail and Fashion industry and a variety of other professional experiences. Past groups have completed innovative class projects including a real-life case study presentation to a Fortune 100 company.

SPST 4900: Interdisciplinary Thinking, Creativity and Innovation: Preparing for the Next Step (Fall and Spring Semester)

This course is intended for seniors in the Bachelor of Specialized Studies program and is co-taught by the Director of Degree Programs in University College, along with a faculty member, and a CLDC professional. Students will explore positive psychology, leadership styles, how to leverage failures and successes, and gaining empowerment through philanthropic giving. Students will explore career planning through discussions and activities related to professional development, branding, and developing an intentional plan to grow as lifelong learners following graduation.

7-Week CAS 1130: Career Planning in the Liberal Arts (Starts Week 7 in Fall and Spring Semesters)

Career development involves more than just choosing a major or occupation! Development consists of assessing interests, skills, values, motivations, understanding the necessary skills needed to succeed in the world of work. Students in this class will  have the opportunity to develop a professional portfolio using LinkedIn, craft a customized resume and cover letter, research majors and careers related to various majors, and participate in the True Colors Personal Success Workshop to learn about personality preferences. This class is a great fit for first year students or any student interested in exploring where major and career paths lead. This course features the same content as the full-semester CAS 1130 course, but it is condensed into three hours of class weekly for the second half of each semester. 

PSY4930: Career Strategies for Psychology Majors (Spring Semester)

Attention senior psychology majors: if you’re graduating at the end of this year and are in the market to secure a job, consider adding Career Strategies for Psychology Majors to your schedule. This course offers  practical assignments that will help you navigate the job search process, including the completion of at least one professional application customized during  the course. You will also conduct an informational interview with a professional in your ideal career; participate in a mock interview; and refine your social media presence to leverage your skills and experiences.

CAS 2130: Career Strategies: Internship and Job Mapping (Spring Semester)

Targeted at sophomore students, this course will equip students with the tools necessary to plot their goals for gaining experience prior to graduation to be as marketable as possible. This course facilitates the creation of a professional portfolio including formal employment documents and a professional development plan for completing an internship in your field of interest within the next year. Students will complete this course with a clear understanding of internship searching resources, knowledge of how to prepare an effective set of application documents, and how to be a professional team member in the internship setting. 

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