We in the Office of Alumni Career Management are so excited about the launch of our new series, the Alumni Career Management Job Club! We know that the last year has been challenging for many, and in the constantly changing environment of the post-COVID world has many considering a career transition. With that in mind, our office endeavors to assist job seekers through this transition.
Structured as a four-part series, the Job Club is an immersive and interactive career readiness program designed to give you the latest industry information and proven methodologies for landing your next role. We will hold one session per month, with short presentations on a timely topic followed by Q&A and an interactive networking session. We will provide a certificate of participation for each session attendee, and those who attend all four sessions will receive a small gift from our office as a token of our congratulations.
Below are answers to your frequently asked questions:
1. – If I miss a session, will I be able to make it up?
Yes! This is a series that we plan on making an ongoing effort. We will be offering the four sessions this spring, and taking a break in July before starting again in the fall. We will cover the same basic topics in each series, with some modifications based on industry trends at the time.
So, if you miss out on a session this time, don’t worry! We will be offering it again in the fall!
2. – Will we be doing anything outside of the monthly sessions?
Yes! Although the sessions are monthly, our office will work to continue the conversation over the weeks between each meeting by engaging in discussion on AlumniFire. AlumniFire is Ohio State’s exclusive professional networking platform – it is free to join and open to any member of the Ohio State community. If you don’t already have an account, we encourage you to set one up here. If you are an alumni, staff, or student of Ohio State, please enter with that status. If you do not fall into those categories, please check Job Club member.
3. – Should I prepare anything for the networking session?
The networking sessions are designed to be a casual exercise in getting to know others in a virtual setting. There will be facilitators in each breakout room assigned to help guide the discussion along, but the goal is for you all to get comfortable in conversation with strangers in a professional setting.
While you don’t have to prepare anything formal for this portion of the presentation, it might be helpful to practice how you would like to introduce yourself to others ahead of time. Things to consider are:
- Educational and professional background
- Industry or companies you are interested in
You might also want to have a notebook handy so that you can write down the names of people in your group that you want to connect with individually on either AlumniFire or LinkedIn. This is a great way to open a conversation into a new connection that could very well turn into your next big opportunity!
4. – What are other ways that I can connect with the Office of Alumni Career Management for additional assistance?
Alumni Career Management has several resources available for you to utilize in addition to our Job Club. The webinar archive holds dozens of presentations on various job search and professional development topics to support your career growth. Career Corner, our official departmental blog has weekly updates with various timely topics, including alumni spotlights, a weekly hot jobs listing, podcast episodes, and more.
Finally, though we no longer offer individual coaching, we do have a dedicated email address where you can submit your questions. We send weekly responses for alumni seeking guidance on a variety of job search topics. To submit an individual question to the Alumni Career Management team, email us at ADV-CareersOSUAA@osu.edu.