The Center for Career and Professional Success offers a variety of services specific to the needs of Arts and Sciences students and recent graduates. These services can help you develop and refine your application materials, evaluate the effectiveness of your search strategies, identify sources of potential network contacts, and assist with interview preparation. You are strongly encouraged to utilize each of the services below throughout your career development process.
Meet With Your Career Coach
Career coaching is a reflective process that involves discussing the career options you are considering and mapping out a plan for achieving your career goals. Just as obtaining a degree consists of classes that build upon one another until you reach an expected level of proficiency, moving successfully from the classroom to the workplace is also a process that requires you to take action and reflect. The planning process includes discussing how to increase your career readiness competencies. Career Coaches track opportunities and share resources associated with the Center’s Career Communities.
Handshake is a great starting point for identifying internships and other types of resume builders to pursue before you graduate, and a Career Coach can assist you along the way with your search. Appointments can be held in person, over the phone, or via Zoom. Schedule your appointment by following the process below, and when you hear from your coach, indicate your preference for appointment type.
Scheduling an appointment with your Career Coach:
- Log into Handshake.
- IMPORTANT – These two steps are required to access appointment scheduling in Handshake:
- Select and save your Academic Year (Freshman, Junior, etc.) next to your profile picture.
- Select your college (Arts and Sciences) under the “Education” section.
- Click on the Career Center button in the menu bar and then select Appointments on the following screen.
- To request a new appointment, click the Schedule a New Appointment button.
- Select the category and type of appointment you are interested in scheduling.
- Select a medium (phone call or video call) and a date and time that works for you.
- Due to COVID-19, students can meet with a Career Coach over Zoom or the phone. If you need to meet in-person, please email email@example.com to provide details about why you need an in-person appointment. We are considering requests for in-person appointments on a case by case basis.
- Enter details about the appointment in the What can we help you with? section, then click Request at the bottom of your screen.
- You will be taken to the overview of the appointment where you can cancel the appointment or add comments before the appointment.
- Make sure that you check your notifications for updates on the status of your appointment.
Assistance Provided by Career Coach
Each Career Coach tracks opportunities and resources associated with particular career communities. Learn more about career communities here. When you meet with a Career Coach, they can:
- Provide you with insights on your identified career interests, including emerging trends
- Assist you with identifying specific resume builders that support your career goals
- Advise on a recommended timeline for conducting your search in relation to when you want to do a resume builder
- Suggest a customized strategy to address all of your professional objectives
- Help you access and evaluate information about the career fields within their Career Community
Obtaining an Appointment with a Career Coach
All students interested in meeting with a Career Coach must upload their resume into Handshake 48 hours before their appointment and should bring a hard copy to their appointment as well. You are strongly encouraged to work through the process of developing an approved resume before you schedule an appointment with a Career Coach. Therefore, plan to start the resume approval process at least one week prior to when you want to schedule an appointment. When you begin with an approved resume, more of the appointment time can be devoted to the coaching components listed above. Information about the Career Success resume approval process is found under Resume Review Options.
Prior to meeting a Career Coach you should also have a general sense for the career community/communities that best describes your career interests. As an Arts and Sciences student, you may choose to join any of our 10 career communities. Each community is based around an industry and will offer you unique content – such as connections to alumni or employers within that industry and events that will prepare you for that next step. Regardless of your major, you can explore or attend a number of events across industry or interest. When you meet with a Career Coach they can provide guidance related to your desired Career Community.
Obtaining Assistance with Your Post-Graduation Job Search
The Career Center offers a variety of tools and resources to help you get started with your search. In addition, you may wish to schedule an appointment with Career Counseling and Support Services to discuss how to efficiently and effectively execute your job search. The service is free and available to alumni for two sessions up to one semester past graduation.
The intent of the following programs are to offer all students the opportunity to engage in career programs that create connections between students with particular career interests and professionals who have such expertise. Be on the look-out for announcements about these programs throughout the year. COVID-19 has necessitated that we adjust how we offer our signature programs. In academic year 2020-21, our signature programs will be offered virtually. Please use Handshake to register for events that look interesting to you so you can stay up to date on any information that changes.
Career Treks provide students from the College of Arts and Sciences the opportunity to gain insights into career options by visiting industry leading companies and organizations. Career Treks consist of site tours, as well as panels, presentations, and networking opportunities with recruiters and hiring managers, many of whom are Ohio State alumni. Local and regional treks are planned, as well as visits to a select group of top U.S. destinations.
Visit our events page to discover upcoming Career Treks!
Are you interested in learning more, or are you an alumni that wants to host a Career Trek? Contact Scott Kustis (614.247.8698), Director of Industry Connections for Career Success.
ASC Career Connections consist of networking nights focused on popular Career Communities for arts and sciences students. The goal of the series is to connect you with alumni and other key professionals who’ve all secured a career in your career community of interest. Students will learn about career paths related to their interest and gain insight on job search tactics to use for entering the field.
Life Beyond Degree
Life Beyond Degree connects students to department alumni (or alumni from related majors) for the purpose of introducing career paths that may not be immediately apparent, highlighting emerging industry trends, and supporting the development of career readiness competencies among arts and sciences students.
Launch Your Career
Launch Your Career helps student learn from subject matter experts, who address specific topics that will help you in your discovery of career options and search for resume builders. The speakers will cover a wide array of topics over the academic year. If you have a topic to suggest, please share it with us – we love getting input from students! Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Launch Your Career programs will make sure you have the information you need.
ASC Coffee Chats provide students an opportunity to learn about the value of an Arts and Sciences degree in the workplace. Each chat is an informal, small group discussion with an employer, often one who is an Arts and Sciences alumnus. Ask questions about their time at Ohio State, their career path, and what helped them get to where they are.
Executive Coffee Chat
Executive Coffee Chat allows student to meet executives and other C-Level (CEO, CMO, CFO, etc) professionals to hear their professional journies. Executive Coffee Chat speakers teach students about specific topics from the business world, and discuss why industry has a renewed interest in hiring employees with Arts and Sciences degrees.
Resume Review Options
The Center for Career and Professional Success specializes in resume preparation for the internship or job search. For assistance preparing a CV or resume for graduate or professional school admissions, contact Career Counseling and Support Services.
Those seeking an appointment with a Career Coach are strongly encouraged to work through the process of developing an approved resume before scheduling. Students can do so by either having their resumes reviewed during walk-in hours OR by following the process for an electronic resume review. When you begin with an approved resume, more of the appointment time can be devoted to discussing your career options.
An approved resume is free from errors or consists of errors that can be quickly fixed. Think of your resume as a living document that grows and changes as you gain experience through volunteering, internships, part-time jobs, and other opportunities. Continue to update your resume and have it reviewed by a staff member as you add more experience. Staff members are willing to provide feedback multiple times over the course of your Ohio State career.
Virtual Drop-in Hours
Virtual drop-in hours will be conducted during Spring 2021. Meet with a Peer Career Coach during virtual drop-in hours to have a digital copy of your resume reviewed. Learn who our Peer Career Coaches are by clicking here. Check out our tip sheets if you need information about how to draft a resume.
During a virtual drop-in, you may also receive guidance about writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, and obtain a brief tutorial on the use of Handshake.
Summer 2021 Virtual Drop-In Hours:
Virtual-Drop-In Hours will not be available beginning April 23, 2021 for the duration of Summer term. Autumn hours will be posted in late August, 2021. Instructions for accessing Zoom during virtual drop-in hours can be accessed here. If you have a question about your resume, cover letter, or any other internship or job releated materials during this time, we encourage you to schedule a meeting with your Career Coach.
If you are unable to attend walk-in hours due to scheduling conflicts or other circumstances, you may submit your resume for review electronically. Please note that electronic resume reviews typically take between 3 and 5 business days; processing time may increase during busy times of the year (e.g. before a career fair or at the beginning of a semester).
- Upload the current version of your resume to your Handshake account.
- Contact the Arts and Sciences Career Services Office at email@example.com to request a review and include a few sentences about how you are planning to use the resume. For instance, is there a specific position you'll be applying for, or do you need it for a career fair? Providing details about the types of positions you are trying to qualify for will allow the reviewer to evaluate your resume's overall effectiveness. If you are interested in meeting with a Career Coach, please note this.
- A staff member will follow up with you to provide electronic feedback about your document.
VMock is an online resume review tool that is free to students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may access the site to upload a copy of their resume. VMock provides immediate, actionable feedback to help you improve your resume! Learn how to use this powerful tool here. And don't forget to schedule an appointment with your Career Coach to take the next steps on your internship or career journey!