As the school year begins, it is a perfect time to get your professional portfolio started and make goals for the rest of the year. The Career and Leadership Development Center at Ohio University is the perfect place to get started, and their blog, The Blank Space, has lots of inspiration to find your path.

The Blank Space, found at, was named as a jumping point for students to start from. The name comes from the saying, “I want to be [blank] when I grow up,” and speaks to the CLDC’s approach of treating every student as an individual shaping their own professional story.

“Since the CLDC blog was established, we wanted a name that perfectly encapsulates what the CLDC offers and how it works with students,” said Imants Jaunarajs, Assistant Dean of Students for the Career and Leadership Development Center. “We took our time in finding that name. Thus far, The Blank Space, has told the career and leadership stories of over 100 Bobcats.”

At the CLDC, their motto is “Early, often and forever.” They offer workshops and certificates for leadership development, job and internship fairs to connect students with employers and many other services to help students prepare for life after graduation. They also promote the use of Handshake, a career platform used to help students find jobs and internships related to their interests and personal aspirations.

If you want to start figuring out how to fill your blank space, this weekend marks the first Saturday Series of the semester. On Saturday, September 8, the CLDC will conduct all six workshop sessions needed for the 21st Century Leadership Certificate and the Professional Leadership Certificate. In addition, the CLDC offers appointments to complete career coaching, leadership coaching and mock interviews for practice and development. Appointments can be scheduled through Handshake.

By Hannah Schuller, CLDC Content Marketing Intern


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