At the Career and Leadership Development Center, we’re often heard saying, “Career early. Career often.” What does that mean to us? It means that your development as a professional—whatever type of professional you want to be—takes time, reflection, effort, and trial and error. It means, you won’t achieve your aspirations overnight, but by starting early and trying often, you can achieve them.

So, with early and often in mind, here are our suggestions for starting off right with your career prep at Ohio University!

Meet your potential

Activate your Handshake account and download the app. Here’s why…

Instagram Post – Created by CLDCHandshake is the leading career platform used at over 500 colleges and by more than 200,000 employers, including all Fortune 500 companies. With Handshake, your job and internship searches will be powered by advanced online tools available on your mobile device. It is also the primary tool for scheduling appointments with your career center, and learning about events and programming offered by the CLDC all year long.

A few features:
  • A relevant feed of job and internship opportunities
  • News feed containing the latest information from campus career development professionals and your favorite employers you follow
  • Resources specifically matching your interests
  • Appointment scheduling with your career center

Login today to complete your profile and put your best self forward to employers. And, be sure to download Handshake Mobile (iOS) to discover jobs on the go and to stay on track with reminders for application deadlines and direct messages from employers.

Gain an edge in your leadership development

Foundations, is a certificate-bearing program designed for first-year students. By engaging in Foundations you gain a competitive edge while working with future leaders of OHIO to harness your leadership style and skills. Students who complete the six-week Foundations program go on to compete for some of the most highly sought after leadership positions on Ohio University’s campus.

Put simply, complete Foundations and set yourself up for the next four years!

Exceed your expectations

Apply for the prestigious Pepsi Scholar program to earn your place among a group of motivated, student leaders. This program is only available to first-year students, and if you’re accepted, you’ll join a cohort of your peers in a year long adventure that facilitates personal growth and growth as a team.

Past Pepsi Scholars programming has included leadership retreats, attending leadership workshops, and taking part in TEDx and Lead365 conferences.

Attend an information session and apply.

Get informed

There’s so much you can do with the CLDC, but only you know what will interest you and be most useful. You may not know all the ways you can get involved with us. Did you know we bring panels of alumni and employers to campus four times a year to talk about their specific industries and career fields? Are you thinking about getting a job on-campus, well we have just the event for you! Do you want to start whipping your resume into shape (or to start one from scratch)? Schedule career coaching. Take a quick peek at our services, programming and resources and bookmark us for the future.

Stay informed

Every week the CLDC staff and guest writers produce two blog posts for the blank space. One post focuses on career and leadership resources and topics related to enhancing your professional growth, and the other features a notable Bobcat—student, alumni, or staff member—and tells their story of involvement and professional achievement. Want to stay informed? Follow

By Erika Peyton, CLDC Career Coach and Assistant Director for Marketing

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