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January 01, 2016 : Assistant Director for Outreach Career Leadership and Development Center (CLDC) Speaks to Lancaster Campus Ohio Student Education Association
The Assistant Director for Outreach Career Leadership and Development Center (CLDC) recently spoke to the Lancaster Campus Ohio Student Education Association (OSEA). OSEA contributed to the Lancaster Campus Career Development Day by sponsoring one of the workshops. Assistant Director for Outreach Career & Development Jodi Pavol conducted a workshop called “Who Are You and Why Should I Care?” where education majors were asked to reflect on their personal brand and develop an elevator pitch to connect with other professionals.
 
An elevator pitch is one way to make a positive first impression. This self-promoting pitch is short (about 30 seconds), informative, and applicable to the person you’re networking with. Pavol also encouraged everyone to get out of their comfort zone in order to make connections and build their network.
 
Common myths about networking were debunked. It’s not about what others can do for you, but rather, what you can do for others. Networking is simply relationship building and the act of investing in those relationships.
 
Pavol also promoted the Teacher Recruitment Consortium Day hosted by the CLDC on Friday, April 15, 2016, in Athens. This event will enable education majors to network and meet employers from Ohio schools and beyond. She identified six characteristics employers are looking for: self-awareness, interpersonal development, team development, problem solving, adaptability, and innovation.
 
“The CLDC has many wonderful resources for our education majors,” said Terri Green, advisor to OSEA. “Partnering with professionals like Pavol gives our students access to career development professionals who can activate a forward thinking mindset needed to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to enter the teaching profession.”
 
Sadie Butts, middle childhood major and OSEA Secretary, enjoyed the interactive workshop. “I am excited to learn about all of the leadership tools available through OU, and I plan on utilizing them.”
 
These CLDC resources include leadership coaching, career courses, special events, resume and cover page assistance, and two kinds of leadership certificates. A more detailed list of services and ways to get involved with the CLDC is accessible through their website: https://www.ohio.edu/careerandleadership/
 
OSEA at OUL is a student organization for education majors. It is a local chapter of the Ohio Student Education Association and the National Education Association (NEA). The purpose of the organization is to support teacher education programs by promoting interest in public education. Meetings are a part of the Lunch and Learn Series: “So You Think You Can Teach?” which take place weekly during the academic year. Guest speakers from the local community are invited to present on the latest topics and issues associated with the teaching profession. This organization offers opportunities for teacher education majors at OUL to gain personal growth and professional competence while meeting other educators in the OUL community.