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Business’ Career & Student Success Center continues to support students, sees rapid success since its creation three years ago

Thursday, November 1 2018 02:45pm

The Career & Student Success Center in OHIO’s College of Business offers services to business students, alumni, and employers.

By Meghan Morris

Business Bobcats at Ohio University have many resources at their fingertips. One of those is a discipline-specific resource that they can consult for academic and career advice.

Recently rebranded in 2017, the Career & Student Success Center (CSSC) provides support to students who have a major, minor, or certificate within the College of Business (COB). The CSSC has five units that service and benefit students: academic advising, career coaching, alumni engagement, employer relations, and diversity and inclusion.

Additionally, staff in the CSSC are trained in business-specific advising and coaching that is specifically targeted for business students.

“It’s very common for business schools to have a career center for business students,” Linsey Hugo, director of employer relations and strategic outreach, said. “Through the center, we can emphasize certain business-focused needs.”

CSSC also leads career management courses for students as part of the COB’s Copeland Core. In BA 1000, “Introduction to the College of Business,” students are encouraged to visit the CSSC for something beyond academic advising (which is already a requirement as part of the center’s degree audit process). The center is structured so that students can maximize their resources when they utilize academic advising and career coaching services together.

“The connection between the two services makes it possible for a student to figure out their academic path, walk across the hall and discuss career opportunities in that field,” Hugo said.

Maggie McGonagle, a senior studying management and strategic leadership, came to Ohio University as an undecided freshman but knew she wanted to have a career in business. She consulted with her academic advisor to figure out what COB majors, minors and certificates would suit her skill set best.

McGonagle’s search led her to finance. She met with a career coach to narrow down some internship opportunities. But after a semester in financial planning, she realized it wasn't for her and switched her career path to human resources and related disciplines. Now, McGonagle still relies on her career coach and CSSC resources to help her find jobs that fit her criteria. She considers herself lucky for having this support system during a confusing and difficult time.

“I feel supported every time I go into the CSSC, never judged or put down or helpless,” McGonagle said. “They focus on building a relationship with you.”

Besides one-on-one academic and career counseling, the CSSC has several other resources that benefit students in direct and indirect ways.

The center has launched a series of industry-specific career fairs including the OHIO Business Conference, Darren Butler Sports Business Forum, OHIO Communication Conference and even virtual career fairs. Even as newly created events, each event has had strong attendance rates.

Outside of these structured opportunities to meet countless recruiters, the CSSC also organizes dozens of employer visits where they interact with students, faculty, and clubs.

“We’re excited that we built up so many services so quickly and now we’re in this great position to broaden them,” Hugo said.

The CSSC team recently released an annual report that shared many successes from the 2017-18 academic year. Here are six highlights from the report:

  • The Career & Student Success Center led 6,767 career coaching and academic advising appointments.
  • Career coaches conducted 952 Internship Check-Ins with students enrolled in the Internship Immersion (BA 3910).
  • In a student survey, 94% of students report seeing value in the Internship Immersion, including their interactions with career coaches.
  • Academic Advisors met with nearly 1100 students for freshman advising and third year audits.
  • Through trips, events, and campus visits, we engaged 375 alumni — reconnecting many to the College of Business and encouraging them to support additional efforts for involvement, giving and recruitment.
  • The Career & Student Success Center hosted four career fairs (three new this year) and 46 campus visits to encourage employers to connect with and recruit our business students.

The report also shares information from the center’s first destination survey including a three-month data collection snapshot that indicates a 98 percent response rate and 89 percent positive outcomes for spring 2017-2018 bachelor of business administration graduates.

Learn more about the CSSC.