Professional development

Events | Informational interviews | LinkedIn | Volunteer opportunities | Campus resources | Continuing education


Career events

We host and partner with others to bring you events that further your career and professional development. Events include webinars, career fairs and networking gatherings. These are offered both in person and virtually. Visit our event listing to find an opportunity relevant to you.


Informational interviews

Our number one recommendation for those looking to grow their career is to schedule informational interviews. Find people who are already doing what you want to do or working in the company you want to work. Ask these professionals about what it's like to work in their company, how they got the job and what the company looks for in candidates. This will significantly increase your chances of career growth and increase future opportunities.

To prepare, review the OSU Career Services guide or an article from The Muse on how to request an informational interview.


Beaver Careers Group on LinkedIn

Linked In - Beaver Careers Group

Connect with Oregon State alumni, faculty and staff for career advice, discussions and networking. This LinkedIn group is growing fast and is a partnership among many OSU colleges and departments. Beaver Careers Group is open to current Oregon State students, faculty, staff and alumni. In order to preserve the quality of the group, your affiliation with Oregon State will be verified before access is allowed. These tips can help get you started on LinkedIn:
  • Your Oregon State education is an excellent place to start building your LinkedIn profile.
  • Highlight your degree, field of expertise, activities, campus affiliations, etc.
  • Connect with other alums who share your career objectives.
  • Start a discussion about career trends.  
  • Review tips for using LinkedIn to increase professional opportunities. 

Please read over the group rules to help make this group a powerful resource for you and other Beavers.


Volunteer opportunities

Providing service to your community can help give you an edge on other candidates and more experiences to provide real-life examples in interviews and applications. 

Volunteer with the OSUAA 
If you would like to learn more about how to become a volunteer, check out our opportunities and share your interest.

Mentor a Student
At the Portland Business Roundtable luncheons, students and professionals are matched for mentoring. For more information, contact John Mohler.

Center for Civic Engagement
The Center for Civic Engagement has an ever-growing list of opportunities.

Professional Organizations
Join a professional organization in your field and contact them to learn how to volunteer or meet new people. Professional organizations often have leadership teams that could serve as mentors or connect you with a potential mentor. Getting involved with a professional organization will help you develop skills, meet new people in your industry and increase your awareness of industry trends.  


Campus partner resources

Beaver Careers and Job Board
Beaver Careers is OSU Career Development Center's online career management system and is a great way for students and alumni to get started in a job search. You can connect with employers from a variety of organizations as well as from locations around the country and around the world. You also have access to great career development resources:

  • SIGI3 Career and Self-Assessment Tool
  • InterviewStream is an interactive online video-based practice interviewing tool which uses a webcam to record your practice interview.
Beaver Careers is available to OSU students, alumni, faculty, staff and outside employers.

Career Development Center
Did you know the OSU Career Development Center offers alumni the same great services it provides to students? All services are free for one full year after graduation. After one year, all but the Career Consultation services are free and available to alumni, including:

Are you about to embark on a job search?
Beaver Careers offers a great checklist to guide you from making a list of jobs that interest you all the way to negotiating your salary.


Continuing education

PACE
From gardening to brewing beer, Professional and Continuing Education brings online, onsite and hybrid course to professionals and hobbyists. Visit pace.oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-4197 for more information.
 
OSU Alumni Association members receive a 15 percent discount on all of their courses.

 Watch free professional development webinars from PACE.

The School of Writing, Literature, and Film offers two new online writing programs:

How to Write Professionally in the Workplace 
Technical Writing 

Looking to boost your tech skills? There is a new Java | .Net/C# Coding Certificate Boot Camp.