Discovering Career Options
Your time in CASNR is one of personal growth and discovery. You are experiencing new classes, meeting new people and getting introduced to the broader view of where your time at OSU may lead. Answer the question “what’s out there for me?” Learn about opportunities that fit with your interests, skills and talents. Use this time and the resources available in CASNR to learn more about who you are and what you want to do after graduation.
Recommendations for Discovering Career Options
Below are listed the “discovering” recommendations from the CASNR Career Engagement Guide, targeted at helping you continue your personal creation of your future success. By selecting the “+” to the left of each recommendation or the “Expand All” button at the top of the recommendations list, the path for how to fulfill each recommendation will be revealed. We also encourage you to also visit the complete PDF version of the guide linked at the bottom of this page to read more about the purpose behind each recommendation.
- Complete a career assessment and discuss the results with a Career Services staff member.
- Schedule an appointment with a Career Services staff member to discuss assessment options and to start the career assessment process.
- Identify majors connected to career interests and read descriptions of courses required for those majors.
- Visit the OSU Registrar website, registrar.okstate.edu. Major class requirements may be found under the “Degree Requirements” menu. Follow the link for the “University Catalog” to access the “Online Course Descriptions.”
- Brainstorm a list of possible future employers of interest.
- Career ideas can come from everywhere and anywhere – a movie or TV show, a product you bought at the local superstore, an 18-wheeler you passed on the highway, a guest speaker in a class, and many more places. Keep your smartphone or a notepad handy and record your thoughts for further investigation. Look up the website of these potential future employers to learn about their typical positions.
- Read job descriptions related to career interests.
- The OSU Hire System at HireOSUGrads.com, specific employer websites, professional organization job listings, and industry-specific job search sites are just a few of the places you may find job postings or descriptions to read and analyze.
- Create a résumé or update a previous résumé and have it reviewed by a Career Services staff member or trained volunteer.
- If you do not know where to begin in developing a résumé, visit the “how to” resources available online at casnr.okstate.edu/careerservices. Once you have a rough draft developed, bring it by the CASNR Student Success Center, 103 Ag Hall, to have it critiqued.
- Establish relationships with faculty members, advisors, peers, alumni and campus staff.
- Visit with your professors after class, during their office hours, or schedule an appointment to discuss a faculty member’s discipline with him or her. Attend discipline-specific student organization meetings, alumni panel discussions and other activities.
- Attend career development workshops, presentations and events.
- Take classes related to career areas you are considering.
- Visit the OSU Registrar website, registrar.okstate.edu. Major class requirements may be found under the “Degree Requirements” menu. Follow the link for the “University Catalog” to access the “Online Course Descriptions” for all OSU classes. Currently admitted students may enroll in classes online at my.okstate.edu.
- Activate your OSU Hire System account, complete your profile and upload your résumé.
- Visit the OSU Career Services website, hireOSUgrads.com and go to the “Student & Alumni” section. Select the “Hire System Login” tab on the left-hand navigation menu. Select the “New User?” option and follow the directions for account set up. Once inside the Hire System, use the options under “My Profile” in the top navigation to complete your profile and upload your résumé.
- Create a LinkedIn account, including a professional photograph.
- Set up a LinkedIn account at linkedin.com. Varying levels of LinkedIn subscriptions are available, including a free subscription option. LinkedIn also has an app for both Apple and Android products. The site has helpful information about account set up and use under the “Help” menu. Career Services staff also can provide guidance in maximizing your LinkedIn usage.
- Conduct informational interviews and/or job shadow professionals in career fields of interest.
- Visit with a Career Services staff member, your academic advisor, your peers and other network connections to seek out referrals and contact information for individual professionals in your career fields of interest.
- Attend career fairs and employer information sessions.
- Visit the OSU Career Services website, hireOSUgrads.com to find a schedule of campus-wide career events, including career fairs and employer information sessions.
- Stay informed of employer-student connection events coordinated by CASNR Career Services by visiting casnr.okstate.edu/cl-events and following CASNR’s social media channels.
- “Try on” career fields of interest through volunteer opportunities, part-time jobs, research experiences and/or internships.
- Meet with a Career Services staff member and your faculty advisor to identify potential experiences of benefit to your career decision-making process. Both resources can guide you in learning how to get involved and/or seek out such opportunities.
- Get involved in student organizations and participate in co-curricular activities.
- Visit OSU’s CampusLink website, campuslink.okstate.edu to explore the more than 400 clubs, organizations and activities throughout the Stillwater campus and learn how to get involved.
To understand the purpose behind these recommendations, consult the Discover section of the CASNR Career Engagement Guide.