Career Cycle


  • Fellow students, supervisors, friends and family, recruiters and colleagues
  • Manage your network utilizing Linked-In (
  • Connect with people that you know or have met in person.  Be safe!


  • Volunteer!!!  Great way to meet new people and broaden your network
  • Student groups:  take on a leadership role; manage the budget;
  • Organize group or volunteer activities; To find an on-campus Student Group:
  • Student employment (Student Job Board:
  • There are many business and finance related positions available from time to time on the Student Job Board (e.g., Medical Center Business Analyst or Finance Analyst)
  • Internships (summer or during school year); 40% of employers who hire entry-level employees, hired from their student interns
  • Freshman/Sophomore Leadership Roles: These are short term opportunities (one or two weeks) that may lead to Internships the following summer


  • The courses that you choose are a keen indicator of the direction in which your career is headed. 
  • If you find yourself interested in a job and the description notes skills that you do not have, how are you going to gain them?  Can you teach them to yourself?  Is it possible to incorporate them into a class project? 
  • Here is a link to the Skills listing: 

Visit Career Services?

  • As early and as often as possible!
  • Attend career events and workshops, employer visits, career fairs, webinars

Internship/Job Search

For each position to which you apply, you may have a different response.  You may work through the steps below and accept an offer very quickly or it may be a long arduous set of tasks and challenges.  Many times you may end your pursuit of a position due to an abundance of reasons or in some instances, the employer will end the pursuit (they will go with “another candidate” or lose funding for the position).  In any case, be sure to contact Career Services for assistance whether you are struggling or succeeding in your search.  Below is an outline of suggested internship/job pursuit steps: 

Step One:  Identifying Internships/Job Leads to which to Apply

Once you have identified the type of career path you would like to take (Career Options), you will need to apply for open opportunities (Job Search Titles).  While active in your search, it is recommended that you aim to apply to at least 15 jobs per week.  That sounds exhausting!  But, once you have identified 5-10 companies (Columbus Area Companies to Follow) of interest and have created a profile on their website, subsequent applications will be quick!    Follow these companies on Twitter or LinkedIn or other social media platforms. 

Step Two:  Apply

Be sure to tweak your resume and cover letter so that it best matches the description of the job to which you are applying.  See Career Search Documents for additional information. 

Step Three:  Follow-up

Is there a Recruiter’s email or phone number included in the job posting?  Many times this information is included on the LinkedIn posting. Have you met a recruiter or hiring manager with the company in question at a recent Career Fair or event on campus (or elsewhere)?  If not, check your LinkedIn community.  Do you know someone who is a 1st or 2nd connection that might have additional information or feedback regarding your application status?  Are you able to check the status of your application through your career portal on the company’s website?

Step Four:  Interview

Phone:  Sounds easy?  In reality, an interview conducted over the phone can rattle your nerves more than an in-person interview.  Practice with a friend or family member.   Schedule a time to call your Career Advisor for practice and immediate feedback. 

Here are a few articles with many helpful tips:

Step Five:  In-Person Interview

Practice!  Practice!  Practice!  Schedule a Mock Interview with Career Services ( even if you do not have an interview in the near future!  Take advantage of the on-campus events to practice!  

Preparing the answers for some of the most common questions, may help you!  Utilize examples from both your classroom and professional/job experience!  Practice, but, do not be robotic!  Take a few deep breaths and do not hesitate to ask the interviewer to repeat the question or to clarify something.

Here are a few articles to help you get started:

Top 10 Behavioral Interview Questions and Answers:

100 top job interview questions – be prepared for the interview:

Don’t forget to research the company, too!  LinkedIn has great information!  Many employers have very detailed LinkedIn profiles.  You are also able to look for Ohio State Economics alumni that may be employed there.

Prepare a list of questions to ask (this shows that you took the time to prepare and have a keen interest in the company too).

110 Job Interview questions You should Ask:

Step Six:  Follow-Up/Thank You

Everyone gets a thank you!  A simple email to the interviewer or Recruiter may do the trick.  But, a lot of recruiters love to receive a hand-written card, too!  Be sure to get the email off to the Interviewer as soon as you are able to do so after your meeting!  Start writing the thank you note before your meeting.  Finish it after the meeting (add a note regarding something you discussed regarding the job opportunity) and drop it in the mail or walk back in to the building/office and hand it to the receptionist. 


Step Seven:  Negotiations

Congratulations on your job offer!  Now the fun begins…what if you do not like the salary or location (perhaps a global company would like you to start in London).  How do you proceed without losing the offer?  Research! 

Research salary information!   Your research regarding the company which you conducted prior to your application and/or interview is invaluable at this point in time.  Be sure to think about the future, too!  No doubt, this is an entry level position!  How long will you be in this position before you may be moved up or can voluntarily move within the company?

Step Eight:  Yay!  I have a New Job! 

Congratulations on your new position!  Be sure to share the details with Career Services your Career Advisor.  We will not share your personal information, but, will use this information for internal reports only.