Some things to consider as you think about where you are and where (and what? and who?) you want to be.

TIPS:

  • Define your values. Figure out what is important to you and what isn’t. Always keep your values in mind. As you begin to seek out possible careers, see if the possibility matches up with your core values.
  • Use campus resources for picking and finding a major. The University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP) is a great resource for OSU students.  UESP provides guidance as you explore your interests and find a major that fits your personal needs, interests, and career plans.
  • Take the ALS 114 Career Decision Making class. This class incorporates self-assessment, the exploration of academic and career options, as well as intentional decision making and action.
  • Look into internships, jobs, and volunteer work that relate to your interests or major during your summer break. Use these experiences to demonstrate to employers that you have valuable skills that can be useful in your field.
  • Go to Career Fairs. Meet employers and talk to them about job opportunities and what skills and/or classes might help you if you are considering joining their field.
  • Use SIGI3 on the Career Development Center's website, and find out what careers may be right for you based on your interests, values, and personality type.
  • Set up informational interviews and job shadowing opportunities with professionals in the field.  Use those experiences to gather more information about specific professions.
  • Get involved. Join a club or organization, study abroad, volunteer, and/or go to campus events and programs. These opportunities allow you to explore your interests while having fun and adding to your resume.  
  • Visit the Career Development Center. Make a career counseling and assessment appointment. Get feedback on your resumes and cover letters, and set up mock interviews. These services will prepare you for entry into the workforce.
  • Visit the Writing Center or use the Online Writing Lab.  Take job descriptions, your resume(s), and your cover letters to the Writing Center.  A writing assistant can help you focus and enhance your writing based on the job description and requirements.
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