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The Career Closet: Helping Business Bobcats Dress for Success

Thursday, December 14 2017 12:00am

Rent business attire and get interview ready with the Career Closet

The Career & Student Success Center at Ohio University’s College of Business provides an abundance of resources and development opportunities to help students work towards a fulfilling career. The colleges team of career coaches and advisors are actively dedicated supporting students as they navigate their academic journey and get ready for their next steps after OHIO. 

Whether it’s interviewing for a job or attending a networking social, the Career & Students Success Center imparts an important piece of advice on all rising Business Bobcats:

“What you wear is the first step to making a positive first impression.” 

Business Bobcats dress for success. The Career Closet, a resource developed to provide College of Business students convenient access to borrowing clothes for professional occasions has become an integral part of the professional support that the college offers. From dresses to blazers, the career closet maintains attire in a variety of styles for both men and women of all sizes. Newly located in the Copeland 214 suite, the career closet has seen increased activity since its integration.

“I love using the Career Closet because it’s hard to splurge on business clothes as a college student, said finance major Jessica Gregory. “It’s an amazing resource to have in here in Copeland.”

During the fall semester, the closet was utilized over 50 times with nearly 10 donations contributed from faculty, students, and members of the Athens community. The inventory of the Career Closet could not be made possible without the generous donations of others. 

“The career closet allows students to put their best foot forward at career fairs and interviews,” said Jennifer Murphy, assistant dean of the Career & Student Success. “Every donation matters so our students have a variety options to choose from.”

The Career & Student Success Center will continue to grow the Career Closets inventory and provide a convenient resource for students to borrow the attire that they need to stand out and land their next professional opportunity. The Career Closet is accessible during business hours, 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday in Copeland Hall. 

Ready to learn more? 

Here’s how you can borrow or donate to the Career Closet:

How to Check Out a Garment: 

1. Request to use the Career Closet at the 214 suite reception desk. 

2. Identify the garment that you would like to borrow and check it out reception desk. 

3. Students must provide the purpose of use, PID, date of checkout and, arrange a return date before using the garment.

How to Donate: 

For more information about the Career Closet or to donate, please contact Destiny Price, priced@ohio.edu.

What to Donate:

All Career Closet donations are gently used. The Career Closet in need of business attire for both men and women. Shoes will not be accepted. 

Women: In-trend blouses, button downs, dresses, cardigans

Men: In-trend blazers, pants