Community & connections

Career Success connects alumni and current students for guidance, wisdom and mentorship

In the classroom, in the field and on the career path, the Center for Career and Professional Success is a nexus of opportunity, with a focus on building community and industry connections among students and alumni. Whether through its signature programs, networking events or ongoing conversations, Career Success is committed to bringing past and present Buckeyes together to enable Arts and Sciences students to seek opportunity.

Here a few students and alumni share the impact of two such signature programs — Match 100 and Career Trek — in their own words.

Career Trek: Chicago

For their 2019 spring break, Arts and Sciences students packed up and headed to Chicago to connect and converse with alumni, including stops at Ernst and Young, the Big Ten Network and Google.

The Chicago trip with Career Success confirmed to me that I want to work in tech. Our visits to the offices of Google and Belvedere Trading — two companies who exude the tech mindset — helped me arrive at this conclusion. Of course they treat their employees wonderfully, but what was equally exciting were the sorts of questions they look to their data scientists to answer.

Ross Guthery, economics and French major

The trek to Chicago was one of the most meaningful spring breaks for me. I have also successfully built connections with several recruiters and associates that helped me a lot in the following recruiting process. Aside from that, I have been thinking about moving to bigger cities for my future career and I really like Chicago, so it was also fun to explore food and fun places with other trekkers.

Sunia Cai, financial mathematics major

Match 100 Mentor Program

Started in fall 2018, the Match 100 Mentor Program is a college-wide initiative matching 100 Arts and Sciences alumni, one-to-one, with current Arts and Sciences students. 

I was just hoping to connect with like-minded individuals and be able to hopefully progress my career and professional life. They [my mentors] really helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my life.

Evan Rymer, communication major

In my position, I wasn’t sure what I could give back but I knew I wanted to give back … You can give back and you can impact somebody’s life for the better, for their career, help them with classes or figuring out their career path.

Jeffrey Jessberger ’17, Public Information Specialist, Ohio Department of Health and Evan Rymer’s alumni mentor

I was expecting not only to gain a mentor but also a friend. Someone I could come to not just for professional advice, but for personal things, because life is a lot more than just the business side.

Kiana Rattliff, psychology major

I’ve never been a mentor for a college student. I was nervous about it, but, as Kiana said, it’s all about relationships and things that you have in common and what you can do to develop a lifelong relationship.

Steve Chappelear ’74, JD ’77, attorney at Frost Brown Todd and Kiana Rattliff’s alumni mentor