One to one individual consultation with the Coordinator of Career Services.
Small group planning in Self & Career Development course (PAES 270.01)
Your 4-Year Plan
Give yourself an advantage over those who think they can wait until their senior year to “get serious about figuring out a career.” Steps taken during your first three years in college will go a long way in helping you to clarify career goals and build a competitive resume or application for graduate or professional school by building your “Personal Brand”. Use the following document as a guide to map out a four-year plan…you’ll be glad you did when you feel in control – and on the right track – when searching for a job during your senior year!
OSU Majors & Minors Exploration
Choosing a major and/or a minor are important decisions. Career Connections and University Exploration offer links to very helpful resources to assist students with decision making.
For more information, go to:
Explore Graduate or Professional Schools
If you are considering going to graduate school or professional school, start planning 18-24 months before your undergraduate degree will be earned. For tips and strategies on grad school prep, go to: Exploring Graduate Schools
Computerized Career Guidance System
Gather information about yourself and the world of work by using interest/personality inventories like the Strong Interest Inventory or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Developing your Personal Brand should be integrated into your Career Planning. In order to compete in the global market place, you must seek out opportunities from a variety of resources like Experiential Learning, Study Abroad, Leadership, Service Learning & Research. For more details on developing your Personal Brand, PricewaterhouseCoopers offers personal branding tips and worksheets in their e-book. Take time to read through the materials. Leverage the tips in everyday interactions. Use the worksheets to become more aware of the skills that make you different. And importantly, take actions each day that build the personal and professional skills to create your unique personal brand.
Explore occupations of interest through informational interviewing, internship or cooperative education. For more helpful links to sources of information, go to Career Connection.
The office of International Affairs on the Columbus campus offers over 100 study abroad programs in over 40 countries. A study abroad experience can increase your cultural viewpoint, widen your world view, and help prepare you for a global market place.
Explore careers by participating in an organized service activity that is connected to a course. For more information, go to: Service Learning
Recruiters seek to find graduates with leadership skills. One way to build your leader ship skills is to get involved with a student organization on campus. The Mansfield campus offers leadership opportunities through the Office of Student Engagement.
As an undergraduate student, you can expand your knowledge by working with a faculty member as a research assistant or participating in a research thesis option. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Research page.