Research shows that 87 percent of students choose to go to college because they believe it will lead to a better job. The division's Career Development Center creates an enriching environment that prepares students for a lifetime of professional success. Whether building a program for student employees that helps them articulate their skills, organizing industry site visits for student groups to learn about different professions or working with students on their resumes and CVs, the Career Development Center is establishing a network of support across campus that enables students to strengthen their occupational skills and navigate their futures with confidence and adaptability.

 

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center works to empower, support and nurture OSU students in their exploration and pursuit of lifelong career success and meaningful employment.

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Student Leadership & Involvement

Through our many programs, Student Leadership & Involvement helps OSU students on their path to a better self and a better world. We create meaningful and diverse opportunities for leadership and involvement that cultivate positive social change.

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TRiO Student Support Services

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) helps first-generation college students and other students who would benefit from additional support make the transition to college. TRiO-SSS offers academic guidance, professional development, peer mentorship, technology access, student success seminars and additional services. To learn about eligibility requirements or to apply, visit the TRiO-SSS website. 

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Handshake

Handshake is your online tool for off-campus jobs, also available to Ecampus students. Access excellent resources and details on employers and industries from this modern, mobile-first platform that is networked with thousands of employers across the country. Register for an event, look for a job or internship, or connect with an employer using Handshake.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The LSAMP program at Oregon State University, funded by the National Science Foundation, is dedicated to increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics baccalaureate degree programs. LSAMP also works to increase the number of students interested in and qualified for undergraduate research in graduate level studies.

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Orange Media Network

Orange Media Network oversees a multitude of student media channels, including KBVR FM, KBVR TV, the Barometer, Prism Magazine and Beaver's Digest. Students have the opportunity to gain technical skills — such as writing, editing, photography, graphic design and video production — while also cultivating transferable skills like time management and leadership.  

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Elisa Espinosa, who is studying biology and chemistry, has used her time at Oregon State to develop professionally and explore career choices. With guidance from the Career Development Center, Elisa has been accepted into the pharmacy school of her choice, and upon graduation she will pursue a graduate degree in this field.

One way that Elisa prepared herself for graduate school was becoming involved on and off campus — serving as a peer advisor in the College of Science and volunteering with the Eugene Veteran Affairs Clinic where she could learn about pharmacy. “Through these positions, I have developed strong problem solving, communication and leadership skills,” she said. “My time at OSU has allowed me to develop into the person I am and apply the skills I have gained both inside and out of the classroom.”

When it came time to apply to graduate school, the Career Development Center liaison at the College of Science was there to help. The liaison met with Elisa several times to refine her personal statement and help prepare for her graduate school interview.

“Without the help of the Career Development Center, I am not sure that I would have been so prepared to take these next steps in my academic career,” Elisa said.