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Partner with the Career Achievement network 

We want to help all faculty and staff set and achieve goals for students’ career and leadership development. Work with us to plan for your specific needs so we can provide the best level of support for you and your students. We invite faculty and staff to meet with us individually so we can collaboratively identify a menu of Career Achievement Network services, events, and workshops that best serve your students. Contact Jodi Pavol, Associate Director for Partnerships, to learn more about how the Career Achievement Network can support your career and leadership development goals for your students.

Explore the resources below to consider how you could incorporate career development lesson plans in your class, explore Handshake, and engage students in career development conversations.

Career Development Lesson Plans

Career Exploration

About: This lesson is relevant to students exploring major and career opportunities. Students learn how to search for internships and spend time reflecting about their interests and how they qualify for internships. Additionally, students will discover career paths associated with their major(s) of interest.  

Goals: Introduce students to career exploration information. Following this activity, students will be able to navigate job search websites, identify careers relevant to their major, and reflect on what they like about internships/jobs of interest. 

Materials: The link below includes the lesson plan, presentation, activity (in a document and online form), and a sample completed activity. The project requires that students conduct independent research about career paths and report their findings through the project. 

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Experience Matters

About: This lesson explores the value of experiential learning and helps students consider strategies for gaining experience outside of the classroom. 

Goals: Engage students in thinking strategically about ways to gain experience prior to graduation. At the end of this activity, students will have a to do list to work toward gaining co-curricular experiences related to their academic goals, values, and career interests. 

Materials: The link below hosts a lesson plan, PowerPoint, and link to the online activity. The checklist activity asks students to share experiential learning they have completed and to think about additional opportunities they hope to pursue in the future. 

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Maximizing Career Achievement Network Events

About:  This lesson is flexible and can be tailored to any Career Achievement Network event. This flexibility allows you to identify which event is timely for students and also related to their career interests. If you would like to confirm student attendance at a required event, email the Career Achievement Network at career@ohio.edu and share the event, the course you teach, and a roster of students. Please note that all events will be virtual in fall 2020 and hosted on Handshake.

Goals: Attend a career event and practice networking skills. Use Handshake to research employers. Develop a strategy for preparing for a career event. Reflect on experience following a career event. Identify a skill to work on to feel more prepared for the next career event. 

Materials: The link below includes a lesson plan and event preparation worksheet. Learn more about Career Achievement Network events on our website.

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Bobcat Network (formerly Bobcat Mentorship Network)

About: This lesson provides students with the opportunity to explore career areas and network with professionals in a variety of industries using the Bobcat Network tool. The Bobcat Network is a new and easy-to-use platform where alumni, students, faculty, and staff engage in mentorship, networking, and professional development.

Goals: Create a profile on the Bobcat Network. Use the Bobcat Network to research industries and alumni career paths. Reflect on experience after using the Bobcat Network. Identify a short-term goal for personal Bobcat Network use to expand networking activity.

Materials: The link below includes a lesson plan and presentation to connect students with the Bobcat Network.

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Values Sort Activity 

About: Use this activity to help students explore how values align with career options and decision-making. Your class will have the opportunity to identify values that are common to the group and also discuss differences.

Goals: At the end of this activity, students will identify their top values. Students will identify how top values reflect and shape career interests. Students will set a goal to further explore the role values play in their lives.

Materials: The link below includes a lesson plan, presentation, and a link to the online activity. 

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Skills Sort Activity

About: Use this activity to help students reflect on their top skills and the skills they enjoy using. Students will identify their top skills and explore how skills influence career decision-making. Your class will have the opportunity to identify skills that are common to the group and also discuss differences.

Goals: Students will identify their top skills and discuss how their top skills reflect career interests. At the end of the activity, students will develop one strategy to develop a skill they feel motivated to further refine.

Materials: The link below includes a lesson plan, presentation, and a link to the online activity. 

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Explore Handshake 

Create an account on Handshake (the Career Achievement Network’s scheduling, job and internship search, and event portal) to see what opportunities are available to students by visiting Handshake and following the instructions below:

  • Choose Log In and then the Student & Alumni option
  • When prompted to select a college, choose Ohio University
  • Complete the required fields and your responses will be sent to the Career Achievement Network

The Career Achievement Network reviews pending user requests and we follow up with each request by asking for some additional information via Qualtrics. Once this information is processed, an account request is approved.