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C areer S earch I nvestigation: Building a strong case during your college experience. Derek L. Thatcher Director of Career Development & Experiential Learning. A Four-Year Approach. Consider your post college goals and options

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c areer s earch i nvestigation building a strong case during your college experience

Career Search Investigation:Building a strong case during your college experience

Derek L. Thatcher

Director of Career Development & Experiential Learning

a four year approach
A Four-Year Approach
  • Consider your post college goals and options
  • Think of your career development as a four-year investigation full of leads to explore and clues to uncover
  • As a result you will attain those universal ingredients sought by employers and admissions committees
considering your post osu goals
Considering Your Post-OSU Goals
  • Past behavior is the single best predictor of future behavior. You will be evaluated on your past behaviors and accomplishments.
  • The following information summarizes the “universal ingredients” sought by employers and admissions committees alike.
education
Education
  • Grade trends, cumulative GPA, and GPA within major
  • Breath of coursework; possible academic minor that complements major
  • Well-rounded general studies and wise use of electives
career related experience
Career-Related Experience
  • Internship or co-op experiences
  • Career-related summer jobs
  • Volunteer experiences and job shadowing
  • Class projects or assignments within a field of interest
leadership
Leadership
  • Involvement in campus or community organizations and activities (roles you held within them, contributions you made, etc.)
  • Volunteer experiences (within the university or local community, as part of organization or as an individual)
first year
First Year
  • Your first priority is to adjust to campus life. Learn how to balance academic demands, possible work, and campus activities and social life
  • Get to know your faculty, advisors, Student Life staff, and University administrators
  • Seek the assistance of the Office of Career Development to identify your interests, strengths, and values and how these relate to various post college options
  • Explore your academic major options. With the assistance of an academic advisor choose GECs that will help you to explore different majors
first year cont
First Year cont.
  • Become actively involved with camps activities and organizations in order to develop your soft skills
  • Enroll in EDU PAES 270
  • Talk to alumni and others who either majored in what you plan to pursue or work in that field
  • Participate in the Career Fair and attend the Columbus campus Transition Fair
  • Seek an internship, part-time or summer job that will provide knowledge about an occupation in which you are interested
  • Ask yourself is my digital profile what I want to project to the world?
second year
Second Year
  • Narrow your choices for major and possible minor. Reflect on how electives fit into your major
  • Develop short-term and long-range educational and co-curricular goals with a career development professional or your academic advisor
  • Ask yourself what skills do you want to develop through academics and co-curricular pursuits?
  • Attend career development, departmental, and job fair events throughout the year (here or at the Columbus campus)
second year cont
Second Year cont.
  • Create or update your resume and have it reviewed by a career development counselor
  • Learn how to successfully interview successfully and how to write a really good cover letter
  • Start collecting letters of recommendation
  • Investigate or obtain an internship or co-op experience; develop you networking skills and use holidays and academic breaks to speak with contacts
third year
Third Year
  • Meet with a career development professional to ensure you are on target to achieve your career and educational goals
  • Research opportunities within chosen career fields. Ask yourself if you are attainting the skills and experiences to enter the field
  • Continue to obtain experience that will position you well for graduate school or employment after graduation, such as volunteer work, part-time jobs, internships, and leadership positions within student organizations.
  • Join a professional organization and attend Job Fairs
  • Attend Employer Information sessions in your field of interest. Begin to do in-depth research into companies and organizations you will target for full-time employment next year.
third year cont
Third Year cont.
  • If you plan to attend graduate or professional school after graduation:
    • Continue identifying graduate schools programs that are compatible with your educational and career goals.
    • Begin obtaining letters of recommendation from faculty and student life professionals for your graduate schools applications
    • Attend Graduate & Professional School Expo during the Autumn quarter
    • Become familiar with admissions procedures. Find out if you will need to take a standardized test for admission and plan to take it at an optimal time
entering your four year
Entering Your Four Year
  • Ask yourself: how is your career search investigation going thus far? What gaps in your case currently exist and what will you do in order to fill them?
  • Ask yourself: What role to you want work to play in your life?
four year
Four Year
  • Polish your resume, job search letters, and interview skills by meeting with a career development counselor. Have your resume and cover letters critiqued and conduct mock interviews
  • Obtain a copy of a job search guide from your career development office and review it thoroughly. Attend a networking & etiquette workshop
  • Meet with a career development counselor to determine which strategies would be optimal for you and to learn more about career resources you can use during your search
  • If you need to obtain experience in your chosen field, search for internships or part-time jobs through the campus web resource. As you get closer to graduation, search the full-time job listings
four year cont
Four Year cont.
  • If you plan to attend graduate or professional school determine if you have met all of the necessary requirements for admission
  • Regardless of your graduation quarter, be ready to conduct your full-time job search during fall quarter. Companies conduct approximately 75% of all full-time jobs recruiting in fall quarter alone
  • Go to Career Fairs held throughout the year, attend Employer Information Sessions and participate in interview opportunities
  • Participate in on-campus recruiting and network with potential employers as much as possible your final year at OSU
for assistance
For Assistance:

Derek L. Thatcher

Director of Career Development &

Experiential Learning Services

Warner 226

740.366.9453

dthatche@cotc.edu