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Faculty & Staff Resources

The resources on this page are intended to complement your work with students. We invite you to include any of the tools or lessons into your work. 

Customization and Collaboration

We want to help you meet your goals for students’ career and leadership development. Please contact 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 CLDC services, events, and workshops that best serve your students.

Handshake

Create an account on Handshake (the CLDC’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 CLDC

The CLDC 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.

Career Development Lesson Plans

Career Exploration Lesson

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 lesson plan below details how to facilitate the activity, including how to utilize the PowerPoint, and the activity link within the session. The project requires that students conduct independent research about career paths and report their findings through the project. 

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 lesson plan below details how to facilitate the activity, including how to utilize the PowerPoint, and the activity link within the session. 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. Students will complete the activity during class time. 

Maximizing CLDC Events

About:  This lesson is flexible and can be tailored to any CLDC event. This flexibility allows you to identify which event is timely for students and also related to their career interests. You could use this lesson to have students attend an event during class time or have students attend an event outside of class and then use class time to reflect on the experience. If you would like to confirm student attendance at a required event, email the CLDC at careerandleadership@ohio.edu and share the event, the course you teach, and a roster of students.  Consider sharing the Career Closet resource with students so they have access to free professional clothing prior to the event.

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 lesson plan below details options for facilitating the event experience for students. To learn about all CLDC events and to see upcoming dates, visit our Programs and Events page.

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

Materials: The lesson plan below details options for incorporating Bobcat Mentorship Network into classroom or out-of-class activities. The PowerPoint shows how to create a profile, navigate the platform, and explores the value of networking and mentorship.

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: 

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: